For my last blog this academic year, I thought it beneficial to engage in a reflection with PSU’s President Wim Wiewel for his last year at PSU.
Wim Wiewel has served as PSU’s president since 2008, guiding the university through a dramatic period of growth, accomplishments, and increased independence. In this Vlog, I ask Wiewel questions about PSU’s successes, what we could have done differently, and future directions.
The PSU Academic and Advising Redesign Workgroup will present their final report and recommendations on the next steps for advising on Thursday, November 10, 10-11am and 1-2pm in SMSU, 209M. I encourage everyone interested in this topic toRSVP and attend the event and to read the report to be released at the event and subsequently posted on the Redesign Project website.
The Redesign Project is designed to increase PSU student retention and completion rates, improve the student experience, and make advising more rewarding and effective for both professional advisors and faculty. It is intended to create a unified advising framework to increase student self-efficacy and a sense of agency, as well as improve the experiences of academic and career advisors. It aligns with PSU’s Strategic Plan, Goal #1: Elevate Student Success, Initiative #3.1: Increase advising capacity, revitalize advising systems and improve the visibility of student support services.
In early September, PSU participated in an invitation-only Seattle event sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)—Interaction Effect 2015. We were invited in recognition of the work we are doing on reTHINK PSU and the Transformational Planning Grant we received last year from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) and Urban Serving Universities (USU). A select group of 60 other institutions and systems joined us – small colleges, public research universities, historically black colleges and universities, state systems, community colleges, and regional colleges. Each university was allowed to have only two representatives: Vice Provost Sukhwant Jhaj and I represented PSU.
The SMSU Ballroom was buzzing with excitement on May 19. Hundreds came to celebrate the completion of the Provost’s Challenge projects.
The Provost’s Challenge launched in the Fall 2012 with ideas generated by faculty and staff. The Challenge provided the infrastructure and funds to innovate and implement technological solutions to change curriculum and student processes. Their collective impact on the student experience is greater than the sum of the parts and reflect PSU’s ability to engage in transformational change.