Professor of Political Science, Central Washington University
Bernadette’s 20 years in higher education have included responsibility for strategic planning, regional and specialized accreditation, and academic program development and assessment. She has also created and coordinated student success initiatives including new student orientation, the first-year experience, early alert and academic probation programming, and programs for freshmen who are conditionally admitted, exploratory, first in the family in college, lower income, and students of color. Bernadette also has experience with TRiO Student Support Services, the McNair Scholars Program, undergraduate research programs, and honors college programming. Her research focuses on higher education policy-making and strategies for addressing the many challenges facing colleges and universities.