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WSU Core-to-Career Program Enhances Career-readiness Preparation in General Education Courses

The inaugural Core to Career cohort are learning to infuse career-ready skills into their UCORE courses. (l to r: Lisa Johnson-Shull, Amy Heile, Kate Watts, Eugene Smelyansky, Ken Faunce, Karen Phoenix, A.J. Miller, and Anna Whitehall).

PULLMAN, Wash.—Starting early in their college program, Washington State University students will soon directly experience how college coursework prepares them to be career ready, thanks to a University Common Requirements (UCORE) general education pilot program.

The inaugural Core to Career cohort are learning to infuse career-ready skills into their UCORE courses. (l to r: Lisa Johnson-Shull, Amy Heile, Kate Watts, Eugene Smelyansky, Ken Faunce, Karen Phoenix, A.J. Miller, and Anna Whitehall).

Fifteen educators make up the first Core-to-Career Program cohort. Throughout fall semester, they are attending workshops and revising course plans to include lessons and assignments that tie to desired job competencies.

“In this way, classes across several disciplines will feature messaging about career-readiness, and these lessons will impact students even before they declare their majors,” said Clif Stratton, UCORE director. UCORE is part of the Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement in the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President.

“From some of their first college courses, this unique initiative aims to help students learn, cultivate, and be able to communicate about specific, valued skills. Ultimately, this could help them reach future professional and personal goals.”

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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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Previous UCORE Committee Chair Named Associate Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence

Lisa Guerrero, previous chair of the UCORE committee.
Closeup of Lisa Guerrero
Lisa Guerrero

The Office of the Provost has named Lisa Guerrero, who has previously served as chair of the UCORE Committee, as Washington State University’s associate vice provost for inclusive excellence.

Guerrero has been an active advocate for diversity and inclusion since joining the WSU faculty in 2004. She is currently a professor of comparative ethnic studies in WSU’s School of Languages, Cultures, and Race. She will maintain her faculty position, while serving as associate vice provost in a half-time appointment.

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