Gail Wootan

Associate Director of Academic Affairs and Policy

Washington Student Achievement Council

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Gail Wootan

Associate Director of Academic Affairs and Policy

Washington Student Achievement Council

Gail focuses on residency and transfer policy for Washington State. Her background is in graduate admissions, orientation, first-year experience programming at state institutions in California, Oregon, and Washington. She also has experience in international education, pre-college programming, service learning, and campus sustainability. Before joining WSAC in 2016, she was the Assistant Director of the Graduate Program on the Environment at The Evergreen State College. She earned her Master of Education at Oregon State University in College Student Services Administration and her bachelor's degree at Pacific University in Mathematics and Literature.

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15 to Finish

Boost the number of students who are on track for on-time graduation by encouraging enrollment in 15 credits each semester (30 credits per year, including summers). Financial aid dollars, as well as institutional process and practice, should support that standard.

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Ensure all students enroll in and complete gateway math in their first year by designing math courses that are aligned with the skills students need for their chosen program of study.

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Increase gateway course completion within the first year by enrolling entering students into the college-level math and English courses, providing those who need additional help a concurrent course or lab that offers just-in-time academic support.

Momentum Year

Build momentum so students meet first-year benchmarks: informed choice of meta major or major, enrollment in 30 credits with nine in the program of study and completion of gateway courses. Provide early support and guidance for decision making, using interest assessments and labor-market data.

Academic Maps with Proactive Advising

Default students onto highly-structured academic maps that include 15 credits per semester (or 30 per year), indicate milestone and pre-requisite courses, and empower advisors to effectively monitor progress and provide intervention as needed.

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Increase degree attainment by inviting adult learners back to complete their education, providing a redesigned system that offers accelerated courses, year-round enrollment and predictable schedules. Give credit for prior learning and experience and additional support to help students navigate the system.

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