2017-2018 Progress Report

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This year, the SSC focused on three projects: (1) Creating Pathways through College, (2) High Impact Practices, and (3) Assessing Student Success. Each project has its own work team that meets independently, and a Steering Committee co-chaired by Bonnie Becker and Jill Purdy guides the work. A summary of our work from this year is below. If you are interested in being involved with one of these teams, please contact one of the co-chairs or members.



This team is developing comprehensive guides to help students navigate college. Pathways guides integrate curricular and co-curricular learning opportunities, and suggest activities and resources that will help students achieve success throughout their journey toward graduation and beyond. During the 2017/18 academic year, the pathways team, in collaboration with a diverse cross-section of the UWT student community, created a series of "major maps," which provide guidance to students across the curriculum using a shared template. Moving forward, the group will continue to work with students, staff, and faculty to understand the challenges our students face and provide them with timely information to support self-guidance and help-seeking throughout their college experience.


High-Impact Educational Practices (HIPs) engage students in active learning and improve student success. Examples of high-impact practices include writing-intensive courses, undergraduate research, first-year seminars, community based learning, and internships (for a full list of HIPs, please refer to this AAC&U document). This team is building on prior work to clarify what constitutes a High Impact Practice by convening practitioners who will champion the practices at UW Tacoma starting in summer 2018. It will evaluate the equity of access to HIPs across campus and support communities of practice around HIPs to share insights and support.


Efforts are underway across campus to improve student success, persistence and degree attainment. As we engage in this work, we need to evaluate whether we are doing the right things and whether those things are making a difference to students. This year the team focused on understanding unit-level assessments efforts and the strengths and needs of our program leaders related to assessment. Going forward, the group will focus on three areas: identifying and aligning existing assessment efforts to measure our progress, building our campus’ capacity to assess students’ needs and experiences, and collaborate/consult with colleagues leading student success initiatives to develop a robust and integrated assessment culture on-campus.