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Gonzaga University’s main Zag Shop bookstore reopened Thursday under new management: Follett Higher Education Group. The university joins more than half the nation’s colleges and universities by making the switch, which is expected to save students money on textbooks and return more money to the institution.
Washington State University President Elson Floyd said summer tuition may be reduced by 16 percent next year. “What we’re trying to do is figure out more ways to get more students to participate in our summer session,” Floyd said in an interview last week. “Cost may be one of the issues associated with it.”
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree: It would be a mistake to let interest rates on student loans double in July. Especially if they’re going to be blamed for it in an election year. Student loans have become a political football in recent weeks, with Democrats and Republicans maneuvering to point fingers in case Congress fails to pass legislation to prevent rates from rising this summer. The rhetoric has created confusion – and perhaps unnecessary alarm – about what’s really at stake.
SEATTLE – People celebrated last month when the Washington Legislature said it wouldn’t have to make college any more expensive, but many forgot that lawmakers had already put plans in place for a double-digit tuition increase next school year. Washington State University’s board of regents posted a timely reminder Friday, when it voted to raise tuition 16 percent for the second year in a row.
Officials at the University of Idaho are going public with a $225 million capital campaign aimed at bringing in money for scholarships, new faculty and upgrades to laboratory and classroom spaces.
Students at Idaho’s state colleges and universities will pay more next year, but the tuition and fee increases approved Wednesday by the state Board of Education are considerably lower than the stiff increases of recent years, and board members said the schools are still a bargain. “We’re still under most of our sister institutions throughout the United States,” said state board member Milford Terrell. “We’re still the best deal in town.”
Flexibility, affordability and credibility were the key reasons two Spokane-area residents gave for choosing to enroll in Western Governors University Washington. But reputation was also a factor. “I spoke to several students before I chose to go there,” said Spokane Valley resident Brent Gregory, a recent graduate. “I did a lot of Web research and found all positive feedback.” WGU, which is accredited nationally and locally, was endorsed by the Legislature a year ago to expand post-secondary options for the state’s students. The nonprofit college receives no state funding and offers 50 bachelor’s and master’s online degree programs in business, information technology, education and health care. It’s the only online university endorsed by Washington.
NEW YORK – The mad dash to cobble together college funding will soon be under way. In the weeks ahead, colleges will begin mailing out their much-anticipated acceptance letters and financial aid packages. The notices will alleviate pent-up anxiety and finally give high school seniors a clearer idea of what their futures will hold.
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - Students at Shippensburg University in central Pennsylvania can get the “morning-after” pill by sliding $25 into a vending machine installed at the request of the student government.
Demetrius Dennis shopped carefully to find the best college education for the lowest price. “I reviewed the departments, programs offered and cost of tuition,” said Dennis, 34. “Financing contributed at least 75 percent of the deciding factor when I chose a transfer college.”
MIAMI — State funding for higher education has declined because of a slow recovery from the recession and the end of federal stimulus money, according to a study released Monday.
When she was 54, Cyndie Hammond became the second person in North Idaho to earn a doctorate in education through the University of Idaho in Coeur d’Alene. Since then, the longtime Inland Northwest resident has spent eight years as executive director of Lewis-Clark State College in Coeur d’Alene and the state’s five northern counties. LCSC, which has its main campus in Lewiston, is one of the main colleges in Coeur d’Alene’s fledgling higher education corridor – a collaboration that will enable students to enroll in the combinations of courses they need without having to travel outside Kootenai County.
When Erik Nelson went back to school to become a pharmacist, he faced a long road, in more ways than one. A young father living in Spokane, Nelson enrolled in Washington State University’s pharmacy program – the first two years of which were based in Pullman. He wound up spending his weeks on the Palouse and commuting home for weekends.
The chair-elect of the Washington State University faculty senate says getting everyone to agree with the administration’s money-saving plan to combine the College of Liberal Arts and College of Sciences will be difficult. David Turnbull, who’s also associate professor of music, finds himself neutral to supportive of the plan but says he has been exposed to the opinions of professors throughout the university.
Nineteen months ago, Washington’s higher education officials did what higher education officials do. They looked at a problem and wrote a report.
The University of Washington plans to vote on a proposal to raise tuition 20 percent this fall, while also considering a plan to use much of that increase to pay for more scholarships, restore class offerings and reopen the school’s writing and learning centers.
A Washington program that’s offered four-year college scholarships to outstanding high school students for 30 years could become another casualty of a down economy. Letters sent out last month notifying 2011 graduates that they’ve been named Washington Scholars also included this warning: “due to severe economic conditions affecting all state expenditures … we recommend that you pursue educational plans without consideration of a monetary benefit from this award.”