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WSU appoints David Cillay to new post of VP of the Global Campus

Washington State University has created a new VP position, vice president of the Global Campus. Yes, WSU likes to capitalize the idea — Global Campus.

They've chosen WSU veteran David Cillay to take on the job. The goal is to find key ways for the campus and its stakeholders to make better use of digital technology.

The Global Campus was launched in July.  Elson Floyd, WSU's president, laid out the key targets for the new effort:

  • Expand WSU’s educational market share
  • Support faculty in developing and implementing technology and pedagogical innovation
  • Ensure that WSU remains open and accessible through digital and eLearning tools and strategies

Cillay said the new goals of the Global Campus also include evaluating emerging models for non-traditional higher education program delivery, disseminating WSU research to a global audience and helping the university navigate the evolving regulations that govern eLearning.

One of Cillay's efforts at WSU included using the online world Second Life as a teaching and recruitment tool. The photo here is from a Spokesman.com story that appeared in 2008.

In the photo, Cillay posed in front of his Second Life alter-ego. Cillay uses the game to interact and educate students and people interested in WSU.

Some like it not: cherry growers didn’t agree to tax themselves for WSU gift

Our take-away from Washington State University's announcement of a $27 million gift from Washington's fruit tree industry is the diversity with which growers responded to a plan to tax themselves in order to raise that amount.

Apple and pear growers said, OK, we'll do it. Cherry and stone-fruit growers voted no. The question was formally presented as a yes-no vote put to the state's fruit growers, with each group having a say on whether it would tax itself.

The increases — or proposed increases — are in addition to existing annual assessments self-imposed fees that fruit growers in Washington now pay.

The $27 million is the largest single gift to WSU in its history.

Apple and pear growers approved paying a special project fee of an additional $1 per ton for the WSU fund. Cherry growers rejected a $4 per ton special surtax. Stone fruit guys said no to an extra $1 per ton charge.

Separate ballots were mailed for growers in the  apple, pear, cherry and stone fruit categories.  About 57 percent of apple growers —  450 —  approved the $1 per ton assessment dedicated to WSU research and extension.

Of the 265 ballots cast by pear growers, 148, or 56 percent, approved a $1 per ton assessment for WSU research and extension.

Cherry and stone fruit growers did not approve the special project assessment, with 56 and 57 percent opposed, respectively.

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