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Director chosen for national diversity/inclusion task force
July 25, 2013

ErwinPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University’s Turea Erwin has been appointed to serve a two-year term on a national diversity task force organized by the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

Erwin, director of WSU’s Women’s Resource Center, will provide leadership on AAUW’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. The group will evaluate AAUW programs and initiatives and make recommendations to achieve or broaden diversity and inclusion practices.
“Being selected is a true honor,” Erwin said. “My real motivation in applying was getting recognition for the state and WSU.”
The AAUW sought professionals in leadership … » More …

Phase II reviews/self-reviews under way
March 6, 2008

The Office of the Provost has created a website for those interested in keeping abreast of the Academic Affairs Program Prioritization (AAPP) process. It is at


“The goal is to be as transparent as possible,” said Ken Casavant, professor of economic sciences and a co-chair of the AAPP phase II task force. The other co-chair is Larry James, associate executive vice president.


According to Casavant, all of the materials created by the phase I task force and all of the materials created for the phase II task force will be available online.


That will include each program’s self-assessment, as well … » More …

Parking task force to consider Spokane Street changes
February 22, 2006

The Washington State University Parking and Transportation Task Force is inviting comments on a plan to improve pedestrian safety and transit access on the Pullman campus that would eliminate some parking spaces on Spokane Street between College Avenue and Campus Street.As more pedestrians use the central campus area, increased north/south vehicle traffic is using Spokane Street. Meanwhile, improved transit service means that more buses are also using that busy corridor.The width of Spokane Street in the affected area does not meet the minimum standard for truck and bus traffic with the current parking configuration on both sides of the street.If the plan is approved, parking … » More …

University creates Katrina relief task force
September 9, 2005

The University has launched a task force to coordinate WSU’s many efforts to assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina.  Melanie Brown, director of the Community Service Learning Center, and Tom Brigham, professor of psychology and Office of the President, are the co-chairs.Members of the task force will include representatives of the major student, faculty, and staff groups.  The purpose of the task force is to identify and support the various activities and to develop a small number of ongoing projects for the WSU community.  Two initial projects the task force recommends are — Backpacks for Hope.– Operation Good Samaritan at Grambling State University.  We are … » More …

Task forces collect info to improve graduate ed
April 22, 2005

The newly formed WSU Graduate Education Commission has organized into five task forces to collect information in order to present initial recommendations for improving graduate education to the Graduate Enhancement Commission in October. Those wishing to offer input to the Graduate Education Commission (GEC) may contact any member, said co-chair Richard Shumway, or send comments to Bonnie Collins, assistant to the dean of the Graduate School, at The GEC met four times in March to discuss and identify goals to be met and issues to be addressed toward achieving the charges it was given by Provost Robert Bates (please see earlier WSU Today article … » More …

Task force to take aim at cheating, plagiarism
January 26, 2004

Plagiarism and cheating — two thorny problems challenging universities nationwide — are among the issues to be tackled by a new Faculty Senate task force.Washington State University’s Faculty Senate recently appointed a task force on academic integrity and assigned it to study: • developing an academic integrity code • helping plan education and prevention procedures• designing an equitable discipline process that faculty will consistently use. This month the group is recruiting members for three subcommittees. Each subcommittee will tackle one of the above issues. The Faculty Senate has responsibility for curriculum and academic rules, including discipline. Because of concerns expressed by both faculty and students … » More …