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New Washington state college savings program not ready until next year

A new, state-sponsored option for investing for college won’t be ready until next year, so those enrolled in Washington state’s current prepaid tuition plan have until at least Sept. 1 …


Sexual assault persists on local college campuses even as schools take steps to fight it

Schools in the Inland Northwest say they’re doing everything they can to prevent sexual misconduct, promote healthy relationships, help victims recover and properly discipline the accused. But victims advocates say …


Shawn Vestal: The humanities can bridge learning and healing for veterans

It seems that the entire national discussion about education has been taken over by four letters: STEM. The performance of American students on STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering, mathematics …


College fundraising has become pivotal

Budgetary pressure has put the squeeze on colleges and universities. This is a nationwide trend that has forced university presidents to be as adept at fundraising as they are at …


ITT Tech shutters all campuses after federal aid sanctions

The for-profit college chain ITT Technical Institute is shutting down all 130 of its U.S. campuses.


UW regents sued over secretive presidential selection method

Washington’s top research universities have faced criticism in recent months for picking their presidents in secret, preventing the public from commenting on specific candidates.


Tuition cuts at state universities has been a surprising success

A year ago, Washington became the first state to substantially lower tuition since the recession. To the surprise of many, it hasn’t wreaked havoc on universities.


Problems at WSU bear center prompt backlash from animal rights group

At least 15 grizzly bears have died in the past six years at a Washington State University research facility, according to a trove of recently released public records.


WSU officials say Pullman airport project jeopardizes millions in research and facilities

Major construction at the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport could force Washington State University to replace up to 40 buildings and a large swath of farmland, jeopardizing experiments and millions of dollars …


New WSU president said medical school was a big attraction for him

Washington State President-elect Kirk Schulz spoke to a standing room only audience in Spokane, Friday.


Idaho trying to help more students go on to college

In Idaho, a state where less than half of high school graduates move immediately onto higher education, there’s a desperate push to turn more teens toward college or career-training programs.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 24, 2016, 6:02 p.m.

UW, Gonzaga forge a new medical education partnership

Gonzaga University will host 60 first-year medical school students from the University of Washington School of Medicine this fall, the two schools announced Wednesday. The agreement will benefit Spokane both …


Nearly $164M in refunds for Washington’s prepaid tuition

Nearly $164 million in refunds have been processed for Washington’s prepaid tuition program since the state agency told people they could ask for their money back in September.


Apollo Education to go private in $1.1B deal

Apollo Education is being taken private in a $1.1 billion deal by a consortium led by private investment firm The Vistria Group.


Free college tuition studied by House; K-12 funding gets Senate study

The House Higher Education Committee heard testimony Wednesday on a proposal that would make community and technical college tuition free for anyone who doesn’t already have a bachelor’s degree.


WSU, College Hill area get half of Pullman Fire Department calls, chief says

Pullman Fire Chief Mike Heston said approximately half of the more than 3,000 calls his department responded to last year were to Washington State University and the College Hill area.


Oregon college plans Whiteness History Month project

An Oregon college intends to undertake a project on racism that it says examines how white privilege affects people’s daily lives. Called Whiteness History Month, the project at Portland Community …


GED Testing Service to lower score it takes to pass

Thousands who failed the GED exam could retroactively receive their diplomas in a couple of months because the score required to pass the test will soon be lowered. The drop …


Editorial: For-profit colleges a bad bargain

For-profit colleges have draining public funds and exploiting veterans for far too long. Congress needs to act.


Pentagon bars University of Phoenix from adding new military students

The Pentagon temporarily has barred the University of Phoenix from recruiting students at U.S. military bases and will not let new active-duty troops receive tuition assistance for the for-profit giant’s …


Incoming freshmen at EWU break 2005 record

Joe Constantine didn’t want his daughter Maria to choose Eastern Washington University. Maria, a 4.0 student, had scholarship offers from Stanford, Notre Dame and the University of Washington. “I did …


Older students return to school to exercise minds, shape new careers

You’re never too old for back-to-school, at least that’s the mantra of Hayden’s Brona Trutton, 74, who puts her oxygen in her backpack with her books and takes the elevator …


Incentives, loan programs part of Clinton’s college affordability plan

WASHINGTON – Calling for a “new college compact,” Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday unveiled a $350 billion plan aimed at making college more affordable and reducing the crushing burden of …


Washington state slashes college tuition

The days of skyrocketing tuition at Washington’s public universities appear to be over. Unprecedented tuition cuts contained in the new state budget will lower the cost of attending the state’s …


EWU holding last outdoor commencement ceremony

Today marks the end of an era at Eastern Washington University. The Class of 2015 will be the last to receive its diplomas at Roos Field, where June temperatures can …


Jay Ambrose: Plenty share blame for decline of education

We’ve been going through graduation season, that time of year when students at colleges and universities are finally saying goodbye to all of that – the crushing tuition costs, too …


Harvard study: Millennials believe US justice system unfair

BOSTON (AP) — A Harvard University survey released Wednesday found that nearly one in two millennials believe America’s criminal justice system is unfair and few believe protests triggered by the …


Washington state Senate passes bill to slash college tuition rates

OLYMPIA – Amid fears that cutting tuition would harm the quality of Washington’s higher-education programs, the state Senate passed a bill Wednesday that could slash rates by as much as …


EWU discontinues gun storage service

Eastern Washington University is no longer providing gun storage for students and others, mostly because it lacks enough space and personnel to accommodate the growing requests, but also due to …


Shawn Vestal: Census shows millennials are better educated, lower paid

Millennials! You’ve heard of them, right? Judging by the relentless media inquiry, you might suspect they are an alien race, landed from the future or outer space or Brooklyn, whom …