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Welcome to CWU

Welcome to the Academic and Student Life web page at Central Washington University where an excellent faculty provides optimal learning environments with small classes in state-of-the-art classrooms. We take pride in being teacher/scholars who work directly and intensively with small groups of students in the classroom, in mentored undergraduate and graduate research, and in civic engagement.

Central Washington University offers over 150 different undergraduate degrees and options in over 40 departments and interdisciplinary programs. Seventeen departments offer a total of 27 graduate degree programs many of which offer research assistantships and tuition waivers. Many of our programs are nationally and internationally recognized for their quality. Our graduates have excellent job placement rates and go on to graduate and professional programs at major research universities across the country.

Please browse the Academic Programs web pages or the Student Affairs web pages for details. Send me your questions, comments and suggestions regarding academic programs and student life at Central Washington University to the Provost's Office.

Interim Provost and Vice-President for Academic and Student Life

Stephen T. Hulbert
Interim Provost and Vice-President for Academic and Student Life

Stephen T. Hulbert was appointed interim Provost and Vice-President for Academic and Student Life, effective November 1, 2015. 

The Provost serves on the President’s cabinet and directs the work of the School of Graduate Studies & Research, the Brooks Library, the Department of Student Success, the Office of International Student Programs, the Office of the Associate Provosts, and the academic colleges, including the Douglas Honors College. 

Hulbert was president of Nicholls State University in Louisiana from 2003 to 2013 and chancellor of the University of Montana-Western from 1999-2003. He has also served as commissioner of higher education and chief executive officer of the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education from 1996-1999, and provost and vice president for academic affairs at University of Northern Colorado from 1994-1996.

He holds an EdD in Education Administration/Higher Education Administration from State University of New York at Albany and earned an MEd in Counseling and Student Personnel Services from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

At Nicholls State University, Hulbert led work to enhance student ACT score averages, improve progress to degree and graduation rates, and raise retention rates. Under his leadership Nicholls secured continued Southern Association accreditation and completed a $74-million renovation of academic and student support-service facilities.

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CWU Welcomes New Provost, Katherine Frank

July 1, 2016

Central Washington University welcomes Katherine Frank as the new provost/vice president for academic and student life. Frank is the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Northern Kentucky University (NKU). There, she oversees the university’s largest college, which includes a School of the Arts, ten academic departments, and five centers.

Frank previously was Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Indiana University East. During her tenure, she oversaw 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, serving as Chair of English and Foreign Languages and the Writing Program Administrator. At Pueblo she also was the founding director of the Southern Colorado Writing Project and founding director of the first-year experience program.

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

Frank begins her new position on July 1.

Katherine Frank Vitae