The College Office
Pre-College Programs are administered through The College Office, home to the people who make the College of Arts & Sciences hum. The College Office is comprised of deans, analysts, and coordinators dedicated to helping students achieve a life of personal meaning and purpose through a liberal arts education.
Director of Pre-College Programs
Becki Baker, Director of Pre-College Programs, has been working in youth programming for over 20 years. Becki holds degrees in History and Political Science from University of Missouri-Columbia and Art History from University of Missouri-St. Louis as well as a certificate in Marketing from WashU. Becki spent ten summers working for Camp Highlander in Mills River, North Carolina, five of which were as program director for summer and year-round educational programming before joining WashU in 2010. Becki serves on the Advisory Board for the Association for Pre-College Program Directors. She is the chair of the WashU Youth Protection Oversight Committee, and is an active member in the American Camp Association and Higher Education Protection Network.
We hire current WashU undergraduate and graduate students to work as program assistants providing academic and community support, planning enrichment activities and ensuring the rules and regulations of our programs are followed. Our program assistants participate in training programs designed for working with youth. All staff have passed federal background checks and for in-person programs are CPR/First Aid certified. In addition to our program assistants, we hire supervisors to oversee program logistics, act as an emergency resource for parents and students, and supervise program assistants.
All of our programs are taught by WashU affiliated instructors which include faculty, graduate students, post docs, and adjuncts. Our office works closely with instructors to ensure an excellent student academic experience.
Youth Protection Policy
All members of the WashU community, including students, faculty, and staff, are expected to be positive role models in their interactions with minors by behaving in a caring, honest, respectful, and responsible manner. WashU has adopted the Youth Protection Policy which outlines expectations for the safety and well-being of minors on campus.