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Office of the President Elson S. Floyd, Ph.D.

Carson College of Business Naming Honors Legacy of ‘Stepping Up’

Over the past several years, Scott and Linda Carson have helped to transform the educational experience for students and faculty in the College of Business at Washington State University. This week, we mark their generosity and investment by officially celebrating the naming of the college in their honor.

There is no doubt that the Carsons’ contributions – financial and otherwise – have changed lives. There is no doubt that the graduates of the Carson College of Business will be better prepared and more effective in the global economy as a result of Scott and Linda.

As many know, Scott graduated from WSU in 1972 in … » More …

Removing Technology Barriers to Efficiency, Effectiveness

Nearly 18 months ago, we formed a new Enterprise Systems team with a clear charge: navigate our path toward the smooth and effective operation of the student information system, working collaboratively and across all functions to identify the needs of our end users; develop solutions; and smooth the post implementation path. Over that time, the student system has improved in many ways, thanks to the group of professionals led by Matt Skinner, chief enterprise systems officer.

As a result of those improvements, WSU experienced one of the best semester starts in history. By the first day of class, WSU delivered financial aid to a record … » More …

Salary Increases Key to Competitiveness, Success

There is no doubt that what keeps Washington State University successful in today’s highly competitive marketplace is its people. Facilities are important, as are equipment, travel funds, and other resources, but faculty and staff are at the very heart of who we are as an institution. In fact, they are the most critical component to our success.

Keeping our best and brightest employees is becoming increasingly difficult. While the state of Washington has not designated dollars for salary increases in years, higher education institutions as well as private industry in other states – and other countries – are making substantial investments in their people. Even … » More …

Need for more physicians drove MOU between UW, WSU

As our state’s land-grant university, Washington State University’s mission is to promote and sustain economic development and the wellbeing of Washingtonians. If there is a challenge in the way or an opportunity for progress, it is WSU’s responsibility to create a solution. Throughout our proud 125-year history, we have done just that across a full spectrum of issues of significance to the state we serve.

Today, in the area of medical education, we face both challenge and opportunity.  For too long, our state has had inadequate infrastructure to meet the demand for physicians, to create opportunities for our brightest students to pursue medical education right … » More …

WSU Celebrates Urban Campuses, 25 Years of Expanded Access

Access is at the heart of who we are and what we do as the state’s land-grant research university: access to a quality education as well as access to the new knowledge generated by our scientists and researchers. This year we celebrate one of the most dramatic strides in providing that access to Washingtonians in our institutional history – creation of urban campuses at Spokane, Tri Cities and Vancouver.

It was 1987 when Washington State’s Higher Education Coordinating Board first concluded that access to bachelor and graduate level higher education programs was sorely lacking for our state’s growing population. Just two years later, in 1989, … » More …

College’s New Name Honors WSU Champion

Among Washington State University’s greatest assets are our alumni and friends and their undying love for this institution. Their support manifests in a myriad of ways – student recruitment, event attendance, career placement, and, of course, philanthropic giving.

This week some of our university’s greatest supporters are meeting in Pullman to celebrate our accomplishments in private giving. As you may know, we are quickly closing in on successful completion of our $1 billion Campaign for Washington State University. The WSU Foundation’s Board of Governors and Board of Trustees are in town for the annual Foundation gala. There is no doubt that this institution would not … » More …

Pursuit of New Medical School Is Natural Evolution of WSU’s Land-Grant Mission

The Washington State University Board of Regents made a historic decision this morning, historic for the institution and for the great state of Washington. Board members unanimously endorsed the pursuit of an accredited medical school at WSU Spokane, an initiative that will improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Washington well into the future.

The board’s resolution reflects Washington State University’s unique mission. As the state’s research land-grant university, WSU exists to address complex public policy challenges in our state, nation and world through accessible education and innovative research; we leverage and align our resources to make a positive difference where it is … » More …

Ensuring the Safety of the Campus Community Every Day

With the beginning of the academic year every September also comes National Campus Safety Awareness Month. Unanimously supported by Congress in 2008, the month’s designation is a way to highlight the importance of intentionally and thoroughly addressing issues of safety on college campuses throughout the United States.

We at Washington State University have implemented numerous educational programs and interventions to promote the wellbeing of all members of our community and prevent all forms of violence.

For example, every incoming student participates in education about policies, resources and reporting options during mandatory orientation sessions. Additionally, at the beginning of every semester, new students are required to … » More …

Preliminary Numbers Point to Another Strong Enrollment

Although we won’t have an official tally until after the first two weeks of classes, preliminary numbers point to another strong fall enrollment for all five campuses of Washington State University.

At WSU Tri-Cities, undergraduate enrollment looks to be up by more than 4 percent, with a head count of approximately 1,400 students. At WSU Vancouver, enrollment appears to have topped 3,200 students, a 5 percent jump over last year. And at WSU Spokane, the anticipated enrollment for this fall is right at 1,450, also an increase over last year.

The Global Campus, WSU’s online campus, is enjoying similar growth. Their enrollment is approximately 1,400 … » More …

New Students, Faces and Places Part of New Semester

Welcome to Fall Semester 2014! The Week of Welcome has been a great success, and I hope to see all of you at Convocation tomorrow morning at 10 in Beasley Coliseum for the official kick-off of the new semester!

We are welcoming more than 5,300 new freshmen and transfer students to WSU this fall and are on track for another healthy enrollment. In addition, approximately 130 new scholars are joining our faculty ranks; we welcome them as well.

There also are some new faces and changes in senior leadership that I would like to share as we begin the new academic year. Dr. Chris Keane … » More …