Office of the President

Office of the President
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Office of the President

4. Engaged Learning

One of the best tools we can use to ensure the success of our students is to provide more interactive learning experiences, including the use of High Impact Practices (HIPs) and programs that promote student engagement, retention, persistence, graduation, and career readiness. HIPs include key developmental tools such as internships, undergraduate research, capstone projects, learning communities, and service learning. They also provide benefits for all students—especially those from traditionally underrepresented groups. These practices not only prepare students as professionals; they enable students to be actively engaged in their communities once they graduate.

The engaged learning experiences at CWU take place in an access environment that presents opportunities to elevate diversity and ensure that all students are workforce-ready. Central has always been committed to providing access to more students for undergraduate research, internships, student teaching, study abroad, and community engagement projects, which allows them to apply their knowledge to solve real-world problems. In the years to come, we will be taking this commitment to an even higher level. We believe—and the evidence has shown—that providing all students with equitable access to these HIPs and engaged learning experiences is essential to preparing the workforce of tomorrow. In turn, this will help maintain a vibrant economy statewide.

As CWU works to provide access to engaged learning opportunities for all students, we will establish an Engaged Learning Institute for departments to intentionally redesign their curriculum so that High Impact Practices become required components of our students’ journeys. Placing these student success initiatives at the forefront, Central will integrate new learning opportunities into the residential curriculum, the academic curriculum, and in extracurricular activities, both in developmental and intentional ways. We want to ensure that all of our students have access to these opportunities, and we need to provide our staff and faculty with the appropriate resources and training to lead these efforts.