WSU Vancouver selected to help ‘Re-Imagine the First Year’

By Brenda Alling, WSU Vancouver

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington State University Vancouver is among 44 institutions nationwide invited to participate in the “Re-Imagining the First Year of College” project of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

The three-year project (, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and USA Funds, is aimed at ensuring success for all students, particularly those who have historically been underserved by higher education: low income, first generation and students of color.

Member institutions will work together to develop comprehensive, institutional transformation that redesigns the first year of college and creates sustainable change for student success.

June Canty, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, will lead the project for WSU Vancouver and chair a 10-member steering committee. Participants will receive extensive support through national meetings, expert webinars, individual consultation and online resources and tools.

The project will build a robust collection of integrated strategies, programs and approaches that participating campuses can adapt to improve student success.