Goal 2: Student Success

Leads: Renny Christopher, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment

Champion student learning and success.

Objectives

Leads: Thabiti Lewis, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Transform student learning and involvement to support the signature first-year experience for all students attending WSU Vancouver for the first time.

Increase student engagement in co-curricular activity to enhance student life and campus culture.

Build experiential learning into the curriculum for all majors.

Foster a curriculum and learning environment that prepare our students to be creators, researchers, collaborators and problem solvers.

Strategies

First-year experience

  1. Participate in "Re-Imagining the First Year" project, a holistic approach to development student persistence from the first year at the university through graduation (Three-year AASCU national initiative).
    Lead: Thabiti Lewis, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
  2. Pilot and implement the VanCoug Experience, creating a uniquely WSU Vancouver environment leading to heightened student engagement and tools for academic success.
    Leads: Thabiti Lewis, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Student engagement

  1. Promote a set of identified signature student events and programs to build student engagement and increase WSU Vancouver student identity.
    Leads: Eric Scott, Director for Student Development, and Felix Braffith, Director of Student Equity and Outreach
  2. Facilitate student growth and professional development by increasing 1) support for student organizations/student leadership and 2) participation among students.
    Leads: Eric Scott, Director for Student Development, and Felix Braffith, Director of Student Equity and Outreach

Engaged learning

  1. Examine major requirements and departmental course offerings to increase opportunities for engagement with external partners and the community.
    Leads: Thabiti Lewis, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
  2. Create opportunities for students to connect, apply and share their academic knowledge and experiences with the broader community.
    Leads: Thabiti Lewis, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Christine Portfors, Associate Vice Chancellor of Research and Graduate Education

Curriculum and learning environment

  1. Support faculty in their efforts to develop innovative teaching methods and activities.
    Leads: Thabiti Lewis, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Mike Caulfield, Director of Blended and Networked Learning
  2. Infuse equity-mindedness throughout the curriculum.
    Leads: Thabiti Lewis, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Obie Ford III, Associate Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Next: Goal 3: Growth