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WSU Names Terese King, Michael Highfill to New Provostial Administrative Posts

Interim assistant vice provosts Michael Highfill and Terese King are shown on the left and right, respectively.

The Washington State University Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President has filled two new interim vice provost positions with experienced program directors and alumni Terese King and Michael Highfill. “These appointments support the evolving role and responsibilities of DAESA at the university,” said William B. Davis, DAESA interim vice provost for academic engagement and student achievement. “We appreciate the vision and leadership they will bring to their new roles and look forward to the many valuable contributions they will make.”

PULLMAN, Wash.—The Washington State University Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President has filled two new interim vice provost positions with experienced program directors and alumni Terese King and Michael Highfill.

“These appointments support the evolving role and responsibilities of the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement (DAESA) at the university,” said William B. Davis, DAESA interim vice provost for academic engagement and student achievement. “The new roles also recognize the incredible contributions these two have made to WSU undergraduate education over the course of their careers.

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WSU Launches First Institutional Survey to Gauge Graduates’ Post-college Plans

A WSU graduate holds up his diploma in celebration during a commencement ceremony.

With a goal to better understand graduates’ immediate plans, Washington State University has emailed a questionnaire to 5,748 seniors asking about what they will do following graduation. “It’s important to understand that this is the first time we have conducted a university-wide survey to gather this type of statistical data,” said Mary F. Wack, vice provost for academic engagement and student achievement. “The new ‘Undergraduate Placement Survey’ will give the university its first comprehensive picture across the institution.”

A WSU graduate holds up his diploma in celebration during a commencement ceremony.PULLMAN, Wash.—With a goal to better understand graduates’ immediate plans, Washington State University has emailed a questionnaire to 5,748 seniors asking about what they will do following graduation.

“It’s important to understand that this is the first time we have conducted a university-wide survey to gather this type of statistical data,” said Mary F. Wack, vice provost for academic engagement and student achievement.

“Are they stepping into a job? Entering graduate or professional school?  Job searching? Joining the military, or a volunteer or service program? Taking time off?  Staying in the U.S. or going abroad? The new ‘Undergraduate Placement Survey’ will give the university its first comprehensive picture across the institution.”

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WSU Accepts Smith Teaching and Learning Grant Applications through March 15

Retired WSU President Samuel H. Smith.

Washington State University faculty with innovative ideas to enhance teaching and learning are encouraged to apply by March 15, 2021 for a Smith Teaching and Learning Grant of up to $5,000, announced Mary F. Wack, vice provost for academic engagement and student achievement. There are two focus areas of this year’s awards: increasing course completion and student progress by reducing high C-DFW rates and redesigning large lecture courses for active student engagement in a flipped or hybrid course design.

PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University faculty with innovative ideas to enhance teaching and learning are encouraged to apply by March 15, 2021 for a Smith Teaching and Learning Grant of up to $5,000, announced Mary F. Wack, vice provost for academic engagement and student achievement.

There are two focus areas of this year’s awards: increasing course completion and student progress by reducing high C-DFW rates (grades of C-minus, D, F, or Withdraw) and/or closing equity gaps; and redesigning large lecture courses (100+ students) for active student engagement in a flipped or hybrid course design. Proposals should address one of the areas through innovative practices that improve student learning.

Retired WSU President Samuel H. Smith.
Retired WSU president Samuel H. Smith.

“Creative faculty have received dozens of Smith grant awards over the past two decades, and their diverse projects have resulted in many educational advances and new programs and pedagogies,” said Wack. “Thanks to Smith grants, thousands of undergraduates have reaped the benefits of faculty innovation throughout their educational experience at WSU.”

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WSU UCORE Course Renewals Suspended One Year until Fall 2021

Clif Stratton, Director of the UCORE program.

Renewals of University Common Requirements (UCORE) courses at Washington State University have been postponed during the 2020-21 academic year. The decision was made by the 23-member UCORE Committee, which approves such general education courses and assesses the effectiveness of the UCORE curriculum. All existing UCORE courses must be renewed through a formal process to maintain alignment and adherence to UCORE learning outcomes.

PULLMAN, Wash.—Renewals of University Common Requirements (UCORE) courses at Washington State University have been postponed during the 2020-21 academic year, Clif Stratton, UCORE director, said Tuesday.

The decision was made by the 23-member UCORE Committee, which approves such general education courses and assesses the effectiveness of the UCORE curriculum. All existing UCORE courses—some 400 of them—must be renewed through a formal process to maintain alignment and adherence to UCORE learning outcomes.

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WSU Fund Distributes $500,000 to Help Students Weather COVID-19 Crises

Awards Continue to Be Made

The Crimson Community Grants (CCG) fund at Washington State University provided a half million dollars to nearly 800 low-income students statewide to help meet educational and related expenses during a spring semester impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are pleased to be able to offer meaningful assistance at this difficult time for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students at all campuses, and to be a resource they can turn to in this unique period,” said Michael Highfill, executive director of the Office of Academic Engagement (OAE).

MEDIA CONTACTS: Michael Highfill, executive director of the WSU Office of Academic Engagement (OAE), 509-335-9851, michael.highfill@wsu.edu

Beverly Makhani, director of marketing and communications, WSU Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement (DAESA), 509-432-3430, makhani@wsu.edu

PULLMAN, Wash.—The Crimson Community Grants (CCG) fund at Washington State University provided a half million dollars to nearly 800 low-income students statewide to help meet educational and related expenses during a spring semester impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, said Michael Highfill, executive director of the Office of Academic Engagement (OAE).

“We are pleased to be able to offer meaningful assistance at this difficult time for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students at all campuses, and to be a resource they can turn to in this unique period,” said Highfill. The CCG is managed by the OAE, part of the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement in the Office of the WSU Provost and Executive Vice President.

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New WSU DAESA Division Led by Mary F. Wack

Vice Provost Mary Wack speaking at the Distinguished Scholars Celebration in fall semester 2019.

A merger of programs within the Washington State University Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President has created the new Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement (DAESA), said Mary F. Wack, vice provost.

MEDIA CONTACT: Mary F. Wack, WSU Vice Provost for Academic Engagement and Student Achievement, 509-335-8044, mwack@wsu.edu

PULLMAN, Wash.—A merger of programs within the Washington State University Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President has created the new Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement (DAESA), said Mary F. Wack, vice provost.

View this photo of vice Provost Mary Wack speaking at the Distinguished Scholars Celebration in fall semester 2019.DAESA is made up of the many programs within the former Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) plus the Office of Academic Engagement and the University Common Requirements (UCORE) general education program.

“At WSU, we invite our students to make change, innovate, and lead for the public good through comprehensive learning and experiences,” said DAESA leader Wack.

“Our responsibility in the DAESA division is to support students by providing pathways to exceptional resources and experiences for all undergraduates. Moving ahead, we will rethink and redesign those resources and experiences. We will also champion great teaching.”

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