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Boilerplate Descriptions

General Information for WSU, WSU Foundation, COE, and COE Departments

Grant proposals sometimes request organizational information. Faculty can select from the following general descriptions when needed for grant proposals.

Washington State University

Washington State University (WSU) is one of two comprehensive universities in the public higher education system of the state of Washington. Established in Pullman in 1890 as the state’s land-grant university, WSU became a multi-campus system in 1989 with the establishment of three additional campuses throughout the state. WSU has 10 academic colleges and a graduate school.

[From WSU main web page] Washington State University conducts transformational research and provides world-class education to more than 27,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Founded in 1890 in Pullman, it is Washington’s original land-grant university, with a mission of improving quality of life.

[From WSU Mission statement] Washington State University is a public research university committed to its land-grant heritage and tradition of service to society. Our mission is threefold:

  1. To advance knowledge through creative research, innovation, and creativity across a wide range of academic disciplines.
  2. To extend knowledge through innovative educational programs in which students and emerging scholars are mentored to realize their highest potential and assume roles of leadership, responsibility, and service to society.
  3. To apply knowledge through local and global engagement that will improve quality of life and enhance the economy of the state, nation, and world.

Number of faculty and staff: Approximately 5,965 faculty and staff work at WSU campuses and extensions. (Current as of Fall semester 2014)

WSU Foundation

(may be relevant when submitting a grant through the foundation)

Mission: The mission of the WSU Foundation is to promote, accept, and maximize private support for programs, initiatives, and properties of Washington State University and its regional campuses, while prudently managing, investing, and stewarding the assets entrusted to it by WSU and its alumni, friends, and donors.

Annual organizational budget: $9,203,700

Number of full-time staff: 49

Number of part-time staff: 11

College of Education

[From COE strategic plan] The College of Education addresses the needs of communities, individuals and educational institutions in a diverse society by promoting development of students, faculty, and staff through leadership, scholarship and professional practice. ….The college advances knowledge through scholarly and applied research; develops globally aware and culturally competent students, leaders, educators, and scholars; and creates value through engagement with families, communities, and education organizations.

Annual Budget: $7,900,000

Approximate number of faculty per campus:

Pullman/Spokane: 40 tenure-track, 17 clinical

Tri-Cities: 8 tenure-track, 3 clinical

Vancouver: 15 tenure-track, 1 clinical


About 30 staff across campuses

Department of Educational Leadership, Sport Studies, and Educational/Counseling Psychology

[From department webpage] The department’s mission is to address the needs of communities, individuals, and educational institutions in a diverse society through leadership, scholarship, collaboration, and professional practice.

The department offers both undergraduate and graduate programs, some of which are delivered at more than one of our four campuses. Pullman undergraduate programs include three kinesiology programs, athletic training, sport science, and health and fitness teaching, and sports management. Graduate programs include counseling, counseling psychology (accredited by the American Psychological Association), educational leadership, educational psychology, sport management and higher education. The doctoral program in educational leadership was the first statewide doctorate offered at WSU, and is a cohort-based program designed to meet the needs of school administrators across the state of Washington. In addition to these degree programs, field-based superintendent and principal certification programs are offered.

About 35 faculty across all campuses

About 12 staff across all campuses.

Department of Teaching and Learning

[From department web page] The department’s mission is to advance knowledge and ethical practice in the field of education. This is achieved through collaboration among universities, schools, families, and local, regional and global communities in a manner that reflects the ideals of democracy, social justice, and ecological sustainability.

The department offers academic programs at four campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver), extending the university’s land-grant mission across the state. Formats and availability of programs differ across campuses. In brief, the department offers teacher certification in elementary education (bachelor of arts in education, master in teaching) and secondary education (degree from major plus certification, master in teaching), and additional endorsements. The department also offers professional certification, as well as a master of education (Ed.M.) and master of arts in education (M.A.) degrees. At the doctoral level, one Pullman-based degree is offered: the doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in education with specializations in cultural studies and social thought in education, language and literacy education, and special education.

About 45 faculty across all campuses

About 11 staff across all campuses

Washington State University