Welcome to CWU

Welcome to the Office of Academic and Student Life (ASL) at Central Washington University!

This office provides leadership of CWU’s academic and student life programs.  Our primary goal is to support the success of faculty, staff, and students working and learning across the university.  We remain focused on the university mission:  To prepare students for enlightened, responsible, and productive lives; to produce research, scholarship, and creative expression in the public interest; and to serve as a resource to the region and the state through effective stewardship of university resources.

Please visit the many websites and resources associated with ASL.  Direct reports to this office include the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of the Sciences, the College of Education and Professional Studies, the College of Business, Brooks Library, Student Success, the Office of International Studies and Programs, the Douglas Honors College, and the School of Graduate Studies and Research.  Exploring each of these areas will not only provide you with valuable information about the CWU experience, but you will also discover what makes CWU such a special place.  You will learn about exceptional faculty and staff, exciting academic programs, numerous learning opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom, and many ways to make your time at CWU most meaningful to you.

As we emphasize at Central:  LEARN through our leading programs, DO by applying your learning, and LIVE—the world is waiting!

CWU Welcomes New Provost, Katherine Frank

July 1, 2016

Katherine Frank became Central Washington University’s provost/vice president for academic and student life on July 1, 2016. Before coming to Central, Frank served as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Northern Kentucky University (NKU), where she oversaw the university’s largest college including a School of the Arts, ten academic departments, and five centers.

Frank previously was the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Indiana University East. During her tenure, she coordinated a restructuring of that institution’s largest school, with ten undergraduate programs, three of which were delivered at campus satellite centers.

She also served at Colorado State University-Pueblo for 10 years as Chair of English and Foreign Languages and the Writing Program Administrator. At Pueblo she was the founding director of the Southern Colorado Writing Project and founding director of the first-year experience program.

Frank earned her B.A in English from Bates College and her M.A and Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington.

Katherine Frank Vitae