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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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WSU Joins WICHE Interstate Passport Network Promoting Students’ Transferability: First in Washington

Official logos of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) and its Interstate Passport program.

MEDIA CONTACT: Clif Stratton, institutional liaison, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education’s Interstate Passport program, 509-335-2230, clif.stratton@wsu.edu

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

Official logos of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) and its Interstate Passport program.PULLMAN, Wash.—Students transferring to or from Washington State University who have completed their lower-division general education courses will have a more seamless transition, thanks to a new partnership with the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE).

WICHE’s Interstate Passport program provides that students who have attained agreed-upon learning outcomes from those courses can enroll at other member schools with confidence that many general education requirements have been met. It further indicates that they are equipped to tackle and complete upper-division requirements, said Clif Stratton.

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Prospective UCORE Course on Introducing Students to the Palouse

Students reflect on and sketch their observations of the Palouse at Kamiak Butte.

An interdisciplinary WSU team has received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant to develop a series of courses for students to dig deeply into Palouse history and culture. They hope the program will give students a greater understanding of the unique region while also helping them to grow strong roots — building understanding of what it means to be an active citizen and to be part of a community wherever they end up.

Every year students from across Washington and around the world come to study at Washington State University.

But during their time here, how much do they really get to know the beauty, history, and unique landscapes of their Palouse home?

An interdisciplinary WSU team has received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant to develop a series of courses for students to dig deeply into Palouse history and culture. They hope the program will give students a greater understanding of the unique region while also helping them to grow strong roots — building understanding of what it means to be an active citizen and to be part of a community wherever they end up. The project is one of 224 education grants for curriculum innovation in the humanities awarded by NEH.

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WSU DAESA Announces 2020 Division Awards to Faculty, Staff, and Students

The Washington State University Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement (DAESA) honored outstanding faculty, staff, and students for their contributions throughout academic year 2019-20 to its programs that promote student, teaching, and learning success and excellence university wide.

The Washington State University Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement (DAESA) honored outstanding faculty, staff, and students for their contributions throughout academic year 2019-20 to its programs that promote student, teaching, and learning success and excellence university wide.

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Revised UCORE website replaces handbook

As of Spring 2020, the UCORE website has become the primary resource for information concerning UCORE policy, procedure, and curriculum for faculty, advisors, and students. The website has fully taken the place of the PDF UCORE Handbook, which is now a historical document. If you currently use a link to or downloaded PDF version of the UCORE Handbook, please disregard it moving forward.

The Handbook’s table of contents has been transformed into a navigation tool that connects the information formerly documented in the PDF Handbook with its location on the UCORE website.

⇒View the UCORE Handbook-Website Crosswalk


Tell us your thoughts on the new website by filling out the UCORE Website Feedback Survey.

Applications Due March 23 for Richard G. Law Excellence Award for Undergraduate Teaching

Kara M. Whitman takes a celebratory photo with Clif Stratton and Dick Law after receiving the Richard G. Law Excellence Award for Undergraduate Teaching.

Washington State University announces that applications and nominations for the Richard G. Law Excellence Award for Undergraduate Teaching will be accepted through Monday, March 23.

The new recipient will be recognized at the WSU Undergraduate Education awards ceremony in April.

Presented since 2013, the Law Award recognizes outstanding teaching by faculty on all campuses who teach courses in the University Common Requirements (UCORE) curriculum. Eight faculty members have so far received the Law Award, said Karen Weathermon, member of the Law Award selection committee.

“The Law Award recognizes exceptional educators for their efforts to provide top learning experiences for their students.”

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WSU Accepts Smith Teaching and Learning Grant Applications Through March 23

An oil-on-canvas painting by WSU student artist Christina Sagrelius that depicts snowy hills reminiscent of the Palouse in winter.

WSU faculty with innovative ideas to enhance teaching and learning are encouraged to apply for a grant of up to $5,000, announced Mary F. Wack, vice provost for academic engagement and student achievement.

PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University faculty with innovative ideas to enhance teaching and learning are encouraged to apply by March 23 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 three focus areas of this year’s awards: increasing course completion by reducing high C-DFW rates (grades of C-minus, D, F, or Withdraw) and/or closing equity gaps; incorporating undergraduate research in lower-division curriculum; and, improving student writing in M courses (Writing in the Major). Proposals should address one of the areas through innovative practices that improve student learning.

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Clif Stratton to Lead WSU UCORE General Education Program

Clif Stratton, Clinical Associate Professor of History

MEDIA: Mary F. Wack, WSU Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, 509-335-8044, mwack@wsu.edu

Clif Stratton, Director of the WSU UCORE Program, 509-335-2230, clif.stratton@wsu.edu

Clif Stratton, Clinical Associate Professor of History.PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University history professor Clif Stratton has been named the new director of the University Common Requirements Program, known as UCORE, announced Mary F. Wack, vice provost for undergraduate education.

Stratton will continue to teach in history’s Roots of Contemporary Issues program, for which he served as assistant director for several years. Roots is a two-course, first-year-experience cornerstone of the UCORE curriculum. He will also teach history and Honors College courses on race and modern U.S. history.

“It’s a great honor to lead the University Common Requirements Program,” said Stratton. “It is central to the mission of the university. It touches virtually every student on every campus, from their first-year through capstone courses.

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