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Goal 2: Student Experience

Washington State University students will engage in scholarship, research, and experiential learning activities to prepare future leaders, scholars, and global citizens.


  • Increase educational affordability geared toward improving the completion and graduation rates of students.
  • Increase career development resources for all students starting with their first year.
  • Ensure every WSU student has the opportunity to participate in experiential learning and community engagement (e.g., service learning, internships, undergraduate research, creative discovery, study abroad, and/or leadership).
  • Enhance the quality of the undergraduate academic experience with an eye toward greater mastery of learning goals along with increased student retention and graduation rates.
  • Nurture and promote mental, physical, and social wellbeing among students.

Possible strategies

  • Develop a need-based financial aid model that eliminates unmet need over $1,000.
  • Establish a baseline of career services offered throughout the WSU system and significantly increase funding levels to ensure the career services provided align with industry standards.
  • Ensure every degree program identifies or develops required experiential learning activities and that there is a system-wide ePortfolio solution that documents and showcases these experiences.
  • Expand institutional support for pedagogical and curricular innovations along with faculty professional development in teaching.
  • Establish baseline wellness services on all campuses and fund the proposal by the WSU Campus and Community Health Task Force to infuse an emotional wellbeing curriculum throughout the WSU experience, both in and out of the classroom.
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