CWUStudent Success NewsStudent Success News honored for its Student Success Diversity Action Team, 14 Nov 2017 08:12:19<p><img alt="CWU's Fiona Corner accepting the NWASAP award from the association’s President Bruce Smith" src="/student-success/sites/" style="width: 375px; height: 300px; margin: 3px; float: right;">CWU continues to win accolades for its commitment to student diversity and inclusion.</p><p>New recognition has come from the <a href="" target="_blank">Northwest Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NWASAP),</a> which named CWU the 2017 winner of the <a href="" target="_blank">May Dunn Ward Innovative Program Award</a> in honor of the university’s Office of Student Success Diversity Action Team.</p><p>Fiona Corner, CWU residence hall coordinator, who served as the team’s chair, said its goal was to expand campus dialogue pertaining to equity and social justice issues being raised in conjunction with a variety of national and worldwide events.</p><p>“The primary challenge I saw was that there were few opportunities for staff to discuss equity and justice issues,” said Corner, who oversee CWU’s Barto Hall. “We were talking about them [in Student Success] and I knew that people in other departments were talking about them too. I thought, if we talked about them together, we could advocate for students better.”</p><p>Those discussions, which now include representatives of all 26 Student Success units, revolved around various topics, such as renewed campus activism, free speech, and microaggression, with a goal “to be better able to care for and support students who bring concerns about equity and diversity on campus while also promoting an institutional response,” Corner explained.</p><p>Conducting focus groups and campus-climate surveys are among the team’s directives during the current academic year.</p><p>“As long as diversity and inclusion are strategic goals of the university, then this committee will continue to exist,” Corner said.</p><p>Corner had previous experience with a similar diversity action unit at the University of Dayton. While their student bodies are markedly different, Corner says there are areas common to both.</p><p>“I think that students at both Central and Dayton are trying to negotiate how they feel about equity and justice in very similar ways,” she added. “Central is a much more diverse institution, racially and in socio-economic status. The issues at this institution are about what is needed to thrive here and persist toward graduation.”</p><p>This is the third time CWU has received the NWASAP Innovative Program Award, which includes 1997 for the Home Run Residence Hall Contract Renewal Campaign and 1987 for the Intrusive Advising Program, which led to a decline in student attrition rates.</p><p>The annual honor is named for Ward, an early educator and student affairs pioneer, in acknowledgment of her career contributions to higher education, NWASAP, and American Association of Women.</p><p>NWASAP is the oldest regional college student personnel organization in North America. It is comprised of administrators, counselors, and instructors in student affairs positions within career planning and placement, counseling, financial aid, food services, student activities, student health, student housing, and related activities.</p><p>Earlier this year, CWU also received the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The award recognized a demonstrated outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion, and was the second straight year--and third time in last four years--that CWU has earned the honor. The university will be featured in the publication’s November issue.</p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,</p><p><strong>Photo: </strong>(L. to R.) Corner accepting the NWASAP award from the association’s President Bruce Smith.</p> Welcome back extended to new CWU executive director of Student Involvement, 05 Oct 2017 16:16:52<p>For CWU's new executive director of Student Involvement, it’s more of a homecoming.&nbsp; Jeff Rosenberry, a 2007 Central graduate, has been hired to assume the post, effective November 1. He earned his CWU Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Health.</p><p>“As a student at CWU, Jeff served on the ASCWU [Associated Students of CWU] student government as the vice president for Student Life and Facilities for two terms,” Jenna Hyatt, CWU Associate Dean of Student Living, pointed out upon announcing the hiring. “While serving on student government in the V.P. position, Jeff also served as the project chair for the construction of the SURC [Student Union and Recreation Center].”</p><p>In his new post, in conjunction with the Dean of Students, Rosenberry will be in charge of setting the vision and leadership of prominent areas within CWU Student Living.</p><p>“Specifically, the executive director advises the ASCWU student government and supervises areas including the Student Union, Recreation, Westside Student Living and the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement,” noted Hyatt.</p><p>Since 2014, Rosenberry has been the interim associate Dean of Students at Montana State University Billings (MSUB).</p><p>“My time at Central helped shape my professional journey, and I am excited to bring that experience back to Wildcat country,” Rosenberry acknowledged. “It's an honorable homecoming to come back to the university and building that lead me to a career in student development.”</p><p>After graduating from Central, Rosenberry went on to receive his Master of Science from Colorado State University, where he studied Student Affairs in Higher Education, and found his “passion for working with residential students and worked diligently to develop as a young leader in my field,” he pointed out.</p><p>Rosenberry was hired at MSUB in 2009, where he also served as a residence hall director, assistant and interim directors of Housing and Residential Life. Regardless of role, Rosenberry says the goal remained the same: to build intentional relationships and provide sound mentorship.</p><p>“As a proud CWU alum I have always wanted to get back here,” Rosenberry said. “I can't think of a better opportunity than now to work with some of the finest students and educators out there. I’m looking forward to serving CWU and support student success through this role.”</p><p>Rosenberry’s public service efforts have included as president of Association of Intermountain Housing Officers, program manager, individual development vice president, and membership vice president for the Montana Jaycees, and both president and chaplain of the Billings Jaycees’ chapter.</p><p>A native of Richland, Rosenberry is a 2001 graduate of Richland High School.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>Katie Boswell to lead Learning Support Services, 27 Feb 2017 10:05:05<p>​Effective Feb. 25, Katie Boswell has been appointed to serve as interim director of Learning Support Services at Central Washington University. Boswell will lead the day-to-day operations and supervise staff for a variety of services including tutoring, peer assisted labs, and centers and online support. A national search for the director position will commence spring quarter.</p><p>Boswell is a first-generation college graduate, earning her bachelor’s degree in linguistics from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in English literature at CWU. She has taught courses online and at CWU and Wenatchee Valley College, where she administered a federal grant that oversaw the redesign of developmental programming.</p><p>Boswell joined the Academic Advising staff in 2012, and in 2014 became Assistant Director of Learning Support Services, where she has overseen the rapid growth of Peer-Assisted Labs and subject-specific tutoring.</p><p>“Katie has shown excellent leadership in her role at Learning Support Services,” said Keith Champagne, associate dean for Student Development. “We will look to her to continue supporting the staff and building these programs that help students gain the skills to transition and succeed in their academic life at Central.”</p><p>For more information, contact the Dean of Student Success Office at 509-963-1515.​</p>CWU Launches Male Success Initiative, 10 Nov 2015 13:29:39<p><img alt="" src="/student-success/sites/" style="width: 153px; height: 220px; float: right; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px;">Numerous studies have found that university retention and graduation rates across the United States are lowest among male students of color.</p><p>In response, Central Washington University has announced an ambitious goal to make it, “the destination for all men of color seeking a quality best-buy education in an environment that supports academic excellence,” according to <a href="" target="_blank">Keith Champagne, director of CWU’s new Male Success Initiative</a> (MSI).</p><p>“Our plan is to make a significant improvement in male students’ satisfaction, academic performance, campus engagement, retention, and graduation rates,” Champagne said of the initiative.</p><p>On Saturday, November 14, Champagne will help lead a university MSI contingent to the sixth annual Black and Brown Male Summit at Highline Community College in Kent. In addition, MSI will work with K-12 schools, agencies, civic and business organizations in the greater Seattle-Tacoma area, Ellensburg, and Yakima to support MSI members achieve academic excellence.</p><p>“We also want to encourage more men of color to enroll in graduate and professional schools,” he added.<br>&nbsp;<br>CWU already offers peer support, to improve students’ professional and social connections, through the MSI-involved student chapter of the national Brother 2 Brother (B2B) organization. &nbsp;<br>&nbsp;<br>Founded last spring, CWU’s chapter was the first established in the Pacific Northwest. Champagne noted it is seeing a steady increase in membership. A part of the non-profit Student African American Brotherhood, CWU’s B2B is among more than 200 chapters on university and college campuses, high schools, and middle schools nationwide.</p><p>As designed, the Central initiative is a collaborative venture involving faculty, staff, and administrators from all university colleges and academic departments, to provide positive intervention, support, and a variety of opportunities to CWU students.</p><p>Champagne’s faculty partners include Bobby Cummings, English, who also directs the university’s Africana and Black Studies program; Gilberto Garcia, political science; Raymond Hall anthropology; and Alejandro Lee, Spanish. They worked to launch MSI, while also developing the qualitative and quantitative measures needed to guide it.</p><p>“This group believes that research and evidenced-based practices promote academic excellence, as well a supportive environment for male students of color, will be the ingredients for the program’s long-term success,” Champagne noted.</p><p>Additionally, he said there will be an outreach component to the campus effort “that informs public policy experts, practitioners, and citizens of the importance of this issue not only on our campus but throughout academia.”</p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong>&nbsp;Robert Lowery, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487,&nbsp;;<br>&nbsp;<br>November 10, 2015</p></br></br></br></br></br></br>CWU Uses Research, Targeted Support to Improve Student Success, 29 Oct 2015 09:14:21<p>Central Washington University is doing better than ever ensuring students stay in school and progress toward a degree. CWU has increased the percent of students who continue from their freshman to sophomore years—the “retention rate”—by 5 percent in just two years. Now at 78.4 percent, CWU’s rate surpasses the ACT national average of all four-year colleges, which is 74.4 percent.</p><p>Sarah Swager, CWU dean of Student Success, attributes the rise on research into student demographic and academic behavior, which is enhancing university advisors’ interactions.</p><p>“Knowing our students better is an important factor,” Swager said, noting the findings of an eight-year, longitudinal study on student retention. “Over the past year in particular, we’ve worked hard to improve our understanding of our students—and why they decided to stay here—and to find ways for the entire university to serve them even better. This retention increase is a testament to the good work that our faculty, staff, and students are doing every single day.”<br><br>This increased understanding has helped CWU hone the way it supports students academically, financially, and socially, which is especially critical during a student’s freshman year. That’s when they want to make friends, develop classroom proficiency, and find a level of comfort at their institution.</p><p>“It’s intertwined with student needs to be engaged and find value in what they’re doing, and have a social environment in which to thrive, and a financial one where they can focus on achieving their academic goals,” Swager pointed out.</p><p>In addition, some students have additional worries, such as being a parent—or single parent—or dealing with health or academic challenges. They’re issues the university must also help address.<br><br>“We now know that we need to personalize our interactions with our students in order to develop strategies to help individuals and student groups overcome particular, or similar, obstacles,” Swager acknowledged.<br><br>CWU’s retention figure is higher than similar schools nationwide—universities that are also committed to teaching quality and student success.<br><br>To help students pay for college, CWU offers more than $40 million in need-based and merit-based grants. The university is also makes it a priority to ensure that financial resources are available when students most need them.</p><p>In terms of academics, CWU has increased its academic advising staff to improve student success. Encouraging students to declare a major and become connected to their peers and faculty within a specific academic discipline also have helped keep students on track to graduate.</p><p>Swager said increased retention also requires “big picture” planning for maintaining campus facilities, enhancing residence halls, and upgrading campus technology and infrastructure. It even includes the overall upkeep of campus grounds and even the quality and variety of food offered in campus dining facilities.<br><br>“We want to make sure that what they receive meets—and exceeds—their expectations,” Swager stated. “As we develop new programs and services, they must be focused on assuring students come to feel as if Central is their home.”<br><br><strong>Media contact</strong>:&nbsp;Robert Lowery, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487,&nbsp;;</p><p>October 29, 2015</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>CWU following CDC guidelines regarding Ebola, 10 Sep 2014 16:19:53<p>The Centers for Disease Control indicates the Ebola outbreak in West Africa does not pose a threat to the United States.&nbsp;CWU&nbsp;is following the CDC’s recently released guidelines for colleges and universities regarding Ebola. The new resource,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Advice for Colleges, Universities, and Students about Ebola in West Africa</a>, includes information for students studying abroad, international travel, students returning to the U.S. and other education-related travel pertaining to higher education.</p><p>Before attending&nbsp;CWU, international students must pass a physical exam and meet strict travel guidelines in place for the identified outbreak area. International travel is not permitted for any symptomatic individual attempting to leave affected areas.&nbsp; The CDC recommends people traveling from the affected areas monitor their health for 21 days to ensure they are healthy and have not been exposed.</p><p>CWU’s&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Student Medical and Counseling Clinic</a>&nbsp;is following the recommendations of the CDC for clinicians in U.S. healthcare settings. By law&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">(CWUP&nbsp;2-40-141),</a>&nbsp;the clinic will report any suspected or known communicable disease to the appropriate county health department, and if necessary will implement a communicable disease outbreak plan.</p><p>Ebola is a rare disease. The virus is not airborne and only can be spread by contact with blood or body fluids from an infected person or animal.</p><p>The CDC has sent clinicians the following links regarding Ebola:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Ebola Virus Disease Information for Clinicians in U.S. Healthcare&nbsp;</a><a href="" target="_blank">Settings</a></li><li>I<a href="" target="_blank">nfection</a><a href="" target="_blank">&nbsp;Prevention and Control Recommendations for Hospitalized Patients</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Travelers' Health</a></li></ul><p>If you have questions regarding this or other healthcare related issues, contact Chris De&nbsp;Villeneuve, executive director of the Student Medical and Counseling Clinic, at 509-963-1035.</p><p>September 10, 2014</p>