Enjoy the September 2018 issue of Provost Perspective - Town hall tour continues through October; Faculty Led Workshops series continues; ROAR program breaks ground; Enrollment climbs for a third straight year

September 2018

Provost Perspective

Kirk Schulz and Dan Bernardo on stage during a town hall meeting.

Town hall tour continues through October

President Kirk Schulz and Provost Dan Bernardo are in the middle of a 19‑stop tour of the WSU community, providing updates and insights at town hall meetings. The meetings include reports on the Drive to 25 and the associated metrics, the fiscal health initiative, and up‑to‑date numbers on enrollment and fundraising. Each meeting is open to any member of the WSU community, and include Q and A sessions following the presentation.

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Faculty Led Workshops series continues

The Office of Academic Outreach and Innovation is offering a series of Faculty Led Workshops throughout the fall semester. The workshops are designed to help faculty share best practices, and gain skills and insights to enhance their teaching and engagement with students. The series is available via videoconference at each WSU campus, and those who attend all four workshops will earn an AOI Teaching Series Certificate.

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ROAR program breaks ground

The Provost’s Leadership Academy helped put Brenda Barrio’s plan in motion, and now it’s up and roaring. The ROAR (Responsibility, Opportunity, Advocacy, and Respect) program launched this fall, welcoming an inaugural cohort of five students. The program offers students with developmental and intellectual disabilities individualized programs of study in education, social skills, and vocational training.

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Enrollment climbs for a third straight year

WSU enrolled a record number of students this fall, totaling 31,748 students at all WSU campuses. Enrollment at WSU Pullman climbed to 21,022 graduate and undergraduate students, a 3.6 percent increase over 2017. Enrollment increased on all but one of WSU’s six campuses, and the class included a record number of high-achieving students.

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College Highlights

The YWCA Spokane will honor WSU’s Lois James with a 2018 Women of Achievement Award at an awards luncheon next month. James is an assistant professor in the College of Nursing, and will be honored for her contributions in the areas of science, technology, and environment. She is currently leading a $1 million, federally funded study on nurses’ work shifts.

Students and faculty from the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences provided one‑on‑one and group instruction for attendees of Camp Candoo, a summer camp for children with childhood apraxia of speech or other severe speech disorders. The camp is held annually at the WSU Spokane Campus for kids ages 5 to 12, and is led by clinical professor Amy Meredith.

The Carson College of Business produced its inaugural Business in the Northwest report, which includes insights from regional business leaders about the business climate today, preparations for the future, and what they need to succeed. Overall, business leaders see the region as poised to take advantage of positive factors fueling economic prosperity, but there is also apprehension about the future growth potential of business in the region.

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