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Provost’s progress report online
March 21, 2008

“During this academic year, we have been working on three equally important and parallel efforts that ultimately will have a significant impact on the future of WSU. The first is updating our Strategic Plan.  The second is Academic Affairs Program Prioritization (AAPP).  The third is preparation for our 10-year reaccreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).”


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Rawlins talks of progress, cites challenges ahead
September 21, 2005

Washington State University President V. Lane Rawlins talked about the need for higher education to be “a transforming force in this nation,” during his annual State of the University address delivered Tuesday in Bryan Hall Theatre on the Pullman campus.Rawlins said in his recent discussions with political and business leaders, they have frequently talked about the vital role that they say higher education must play in strengthening our economy and our quality of life.”There is a niche for us (at WSU) there, and it is a niche at the very top,” said Rawlins, who cited the critical job of higher education in not just “thinking … » More …

Looking back, looking ahead
September 16, 2005

You might say that the 2005-06 year will be President V. Lane Rawlins’ golden year at Washington State University. Rawlins, who will turn 68 on Nov. 30, began work at the university in ’68 as a faculty member in the Department of Economics.No, he hasn’t been at WSU the entire time. He left in 1986 to become vice chancellor at the University of Alabama, and later was president of the University of Memphis for nine years. In 2000, however, he returned to become WSU’s ninth president.Rawlins wasted no time in setting the tone for his presidency, beginning work with faculty and staff to create a … » More …

Provost praises projects for making progress
January 23, 2004

You know what they say: “If you aim at nothing, that’s just what you’ll hit.”To be sure it doesn’t miss the mark of fulfilling its strategic goals, Washington State University continually identifies the target: It defines, assesses, reports, refines and rewards projects that meet the four goals. Through hearing of these “success stories,” members of the entire university community can be inspired and informed about how WSU is doing and how they, too, can help target the goals. In an effort to report progress more consistently, Provost Robert Bates last month asked university leaders to submit updates on a scheduled semi-annual basis. The first of … » More …