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Lawmakers agree on tuition plan

SEATTLE – Lawmakers say they’ve come to an agreement in principle on a higher-education bill that would give the state’s five public universities and the Evergreen State College authority to …


Slated for demolition, SFCC’s Building 4 is giving its all for art

It’s the wildest doomed building you’ve ever seen. Blue, painted tree branches sprout from the hallway walls, which are a riot of color and forms. A forest of whittled limbs …


EWU students protest budget

A group of Eastern Washington University students have begun a weeklong protest on the Cheney campus to draw attention to imminent spending cuts by the state Legislature, now beginning its …


Higher education takes a beating in proposed budget

Washington’s public colleges and universities face a bleak future under the budget approved by the state House: Double-digit tuition increases, fewer slots for Washington natives, and drastic program reductions are …


EWU profs show college ‘firsts’ can change destiny of family

Martin Meraz-Garcia would drive his mother to the Tri-Cities fields at 4:30 in the morning and together they picked cherries and his nose would bleed, stinging with pesticides, and he …


Editorial: Washington must invest in higher education

Our leaders are great at selling the value of higher education and its importance to the overall health of national, state and local economies, but they fail in keeping the …


State struggling to keep up with education fund

Washington state has to change its popular prepaid college tuition program or risk financial problems down the road, a legislative panel learned Wednesday. The Guaranteed Education Tuition Program could face …


Students relying more on loans, jobs to afford education

PULLMAN – Mercedes Sheffield works three jobs, receives state help to buy food and will graduate from Washington State University this year with more than $20,000 in debt. Sheffield, a …


State cuts shifting NIC funding burden to taxpayers, students

BOISE – Falling state funding for higher education could lead to higher property taxes in North Idaho, state lawmakers were warned Wednesday as they heard North Idaho College’s budget request …


WSU associate dean says nursing can be healthy career choice

Today’s nursing school graduates continue to find good jobs even as the economy stumbles along and the uncertainty of health care reform looms. Anne Hirsch, senior associate dean of the …


EWU financial aid director has free advice: We’re here to help

College students and their families are filling out their financial aid applications this month in hopes of receiving grants and low-interest student loans – a once-daunting process. Shannon Flynn, the …


Higher-ed task force unveils list of solutions

SEATTLE – A task force charged with finding stable money to pay for higher education in Washington state has some ideas it wants the Legislature to consider. At the top …


Vestal: Quiet woman had big heart, loved giving

Barbara Bethards loved Christmas. She’d gather gifts with personal touches. Items that reflected her friends’ pets, hobbies, passions. Charm bracelets. Pet photos. Cross-stitching. Bags filled with emblems of thoughtfulness.


College tuition costs climbing again this fall

College tuition costs shot up again this fall, and students and their families are leaning more on the federal government to make higher education more affordable in tough economic times, …


Vestal: Improving job prospects through school has hefty price

Sara Kerbs-Ridenour is a schoolteacher working on a master’s degree in special ed. She’s 24, with three years of experience in the classroom. A Spokane native, she returned to Eastern …


Enrollment rises at state’s public colleges

SEATTLE – Enrollment is up again this fall at Washington’s public universities, despite cuts in state dollars to support their operations. Part of the enrollment jump comes from an intentional …


WSU president rejects across-board cuts

SPOKANE – Facing millions of dollars in budget cuts, Washington State University President Elson S. Floyd said the school needs to make a stronger case about the importance of higher …


Caldwell: Spokane’s higher-ed grades improving

Spokane is not at the forefront of higher education. Lack of a major research institution has consistently been called a weakness as community officials assemble a 21st-century information-based economic curriculum. …


Merger to create environmental studies unit at WSU

A departmental merger years in the making is finally moving ahead at Washington State University after being put on hold since 2008 by budget cuts.


Spenser Williams, 21

Spenser Williams graduated this spring from Gonzaga University with a degree in math and economics. This past year he had a paid internship with Avista Utilities, working on power analysis. …


Census says women equal to men in advanced degrees

Women are now just as likely as men to have completed college and to hold an advanced degree, part of an accelerating trend of educational gains that have shielded women …


Enrollment period ends soon for WA prepaid tuition

The enrollment period for Washington’s prepaid tuition program closes next week. And when enrollment reopens again in the fall, fees are expected to be about 14 percent higher.


UI: Furloughs for 2,600 will save $1.2 million

The University of Idaho plans to implement furloughs for 2,600 employees during the next four months to save about $1.2 million and help offset shortfalls in state funding for higher …


Higher education worth preserving

Public institutions of higher education across the country are in a fiscal crisis. The financial downturn has highlighted the reality that leaders in higher education must redouble efforts and continue …


Hundreds of students weigh their options at college fair

Hundreds of high school students considering their futures flooded the Spokane National College Fair at the Convention Center on Thursday. Representatives from about 170 colleges, universities and vocational schools as …


College fees climb even during recession

With the economy struggling, parents and students dared to hope this year might offer a break from rising college costs. Instead, they got another sharp increase. Average tuition at four-year …


College tuition is up sharply amid recession

With the economy struggling, parents and students dared to hope this year might offer a break from rising college costs. Instead, they got another sharp increase.


University enrollment climbs

SEATTLE – Enrollment is up at Washington’s public universities this fall, with most of the increase coming from students who decided to stay in school rather than seek their fortunes …


College transfers reflect economy

SEATTLE – A few months ago, Rebecca Gottlieb faced a difficult choice: continue at her $50,000-a-year private school in Massachusetts, or leave her new friends and life and enroll at …


WSU announces final cuts: 359 jobs, three programs

Washington State University will cut 359 jobs and eliminate three academic programs to deal with severe budget cuts imposed by the state, school President Elson Floyd said Wednesday. The department …