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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 – has been analyzed, worried over, and targeted with every manner of attention we can muster. In the rush to focus on those disciplines, some educators say, we’re underestimating the importance of history, philosophy and the arts – even to those in seemingly unrelated fields.

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 managing academic institutions.

Eye on Boise: Idaho college funding still lagging

A new national report charts reduced state investment in higher education and rising tuition across the country, with Idaho ranking fairly poorly – the report found that state spending on higher ed per student in Idaho remains 30.8 percent below pre-recession levels, when adjusted for inflation, the seventh-highest percentage in the country.

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.

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 in terms of economic impact and in helping address a critical shortage of physicians, officials at the event said.

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 College will look at employment, education and criminal justice systems that carry privileges or advantages based on race.

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 – from 150 to 145 to pass, is expected to start in March.