Washington State University Tri-Cities

Academic Affairs

Academic Master Plan

In the previous 10-year master plan for Washington State University Tri-Cities, called “Signature 2020,” our faculty, staff, students, and community stakeholders asserted a commitment to making WSU Tri-Cities a culturally diverse destination campus with signature programs in engineering and the sciences that provide students with real-world opportunities supported by vibrant research and industry partnerships.

Having established the solid foundations of a liberal arts-based STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) campus — one with signature programs in the areas of biofuels, wine science, and K-12 STEM education — we now undertake an Academic Master Planning initiative that will strategically position WSU Tri-Cities as one of the premier 21st-century STEM campuses in the United States.

With an emphasis on the three tenets of dynamic student engagement, dynamic research experiences, and dynamic community engagement, the Academic Master Plan will:

  • Identify strategies for WSU Tri-Cities program directions and expansion;
  • Establish a process for program development and prioritization;
  • Convey a multi-biennium budget addressing both operating and capital requirements.

With these assumptions in place, we seek your input in helping us create the blueprint for the future. Please take a few minutes to answer the questions on our short survey. We appreciate your participation and feedback.

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8 Design Principles for a 21st Century Campus

  1. Leverage the Location
  2. Student Success
  3. Innovative Instruction
  4. Embracing Entrepreneurship
  5. Cultural and Global Inclusion
  6. Increase Research & Development
  7. Creating a Culture of Creativity
  8. Building the Brand

In the news

Tri-City Herald editorial board:
Our Voice: Community input crucial to success of WSU Tri-Cities academic plan
Published Sunday, July 6, 2014

Tri-City Herald news coverage:
WSU Tri-Cities committee working on academic master plan for the future
Published Sunday, July 6, 2014

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2014 Committee Members

  • Chair: Michael Mays
    Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
  • Birgitte Ahring
    Director of WSU Programs, Bioproducts, Sciences and Engineering Laboratory
  • Aaron Brumbaugh
    Manager, Integrated Academic Technologies
  • Susan Campbell
    Interim Director, College of Nursing program
  • Sena Clara Creston
    Clinical Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Thomas Henick-Kling
    Director, Viticulture and Enology program, College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences
  • Akram Hossain
    Director, College of Engineering and Computer Science program
  • Lindsay Lightner
    Academic advisor, College of Education
  • Kate McAteer
    Clinical Assistant Professor of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Judy Morrison
    Associate Professor of Teaching and Learning, College of Education
  • Paul Strand
    Associate Professor of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Coordinator: Cindy Mackay-Neorr
    Community and Project Manager, Nursing Pathways Program, College of Nursing

Ex Officio Members

  • Chris Meiers
    Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Services
  • Craig Parks
    Professor of Psychology and Chair-Elect of Faculty Senate, WSU (Pullman)
  • Mike Trevisan
    Dean, College of Education, WSU (Pullman)
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