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About ASA

What does Academic & Student Affairs do?

Academic & Student Affairs’ main responsibilities include:

  1. Overseeing Enrollment Management and modernizing processes in admissions, financial aid, registration, transcription, and visa processing.
  2. Providing centralized support for effective teaching practices and learning technologies that support classroom-based and online instruction.
  3. Guiding strategic efforts on behalf of the UW – provost priority initiatives, UW involvement in regional and national bodies, and University accreditation.

This work includes promoting collaboration with colleagues across the University to catalyze and organize efforts. In addition, ASA contributes to advancement efforts that support student access and success.

Enrollment Management

The Division of Enrollment Management consists of five student-serving units:

Admissions: responsible for undergraduate admissions including first-year and transfer students.

Office of Student Financial Aid: responsible for distribution of $720M in funds over the three campuses.

Office of the University Registrar: responsible for academic records, curriculum management, residency and time-schedule.

International Student Services: responsible for immigration document management for international students, optional practical training, and curricular practical training.

Veterans Education Benefits Office: responsible for administration and compliance regarding veterans benefits.

  • Responded to growth in applications from 49,000 in 2020-21 to 69,500 in 2023-24 by implementing a modern Selection Tools system to help admit new students, and by launching an all-campus Admitted Student Day to recruit students recently admitted to the UW.
  • Modernized Financial Aid with new tools to increase case-management efficiency, aid-package construction, and response to changes required to accommodate updates to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Worked with faculty councils to change academic policies that govern general education and curriculum management, help students facing temporary hardships stay enrolled, and allow Admissions to consider intended major when constructing an entering class.

Teaching, Learning and Technology

Three units in ASA support teaching excellence across modalities on all three campuses with resources, training, tools, support, and improvement initiatives:

Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL): responsible for creating programs and resources that promote teaching excellence among faculty, post-docs, graduate students and staff in instructional roles.

Academic Technologies: responsible for the design and integration of classroom technologies, providing support for instructional technologies, and managing event venues.

Strategic Initiatives: responsible for supporting provost- and vice provost-level UW-wide initiatives focused on improving instructional quality and access.

  • Advanced the provost’s Future of Teaching & Learning (FOTL) initiative to update the UW’s definition of teaching excellence.
  • Launched Teaching@UW, a single online resource for instructors on all three campuses to support learner-centered and reflective teaching practices. The tri-campus team that developed the site was nominated for a Distinguished Staff Award for their collaboration.
  • Improved classroom technology and accessibility in over 120 general assignment classrooms, reduced wait times for accessible classroom furniture from two weeks to same day and preemptively deployed ADA furniture as aligned with the Diversity Blueprint.

Strategic Efforts & Initiatives

ASA directs a portfolio of initiatives and special projects on behalf of the provost and president, establishing partnerships and developing teams with diverse groups. This work is deeply collaborative.

Types of initiatives ASA leads or plays a central role in:

  • Student access, student success, and student experience-related efforts
  • Instructional quality and instructional support-related efforts
  • Curricular and academic innovations or evolutions-related efforts
  • Faculty governance led work regarding policy or guidelines-related efforts
  • Academic technology-related efforts to ensure tools meet academic needs
  • Continuous improvements and modernization of operations and services

Three units in ASA support strategic efforts:

Strategic Initiatives: responsible for managing and supporting provost- and vice provost-led initiatives and efforts, ensuring results and promoting change.

Accreditation: responsible for ensuring the UW is successfully recognized for its performance, integrity and quality by regional accreditor, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

ASA Information Services: responsible for developing and implementing IT services and workflows to create efficiency and modernize business processes.

  • Established and led a working group to address the challenges of aligning capacity in academic programs with student demand, launched in response to provost prioritization of an issue raised by the FOTL Access working group.
  • Worked with colleagues in Student Life to launch the Disability Resource for Students faculty advisory council.
  • Organized a successful site visit by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), UW’s regional accrediting body.
  • Improved information technology services available to ASA and partner units Health Sciences Services, Environmental Health & Safety, Hall Health, and the Office of Planning and Budgeting.