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Personal finance: The best way to make college affordable

Families committed to college, but with the good sense to also know that cost matters, have long had motivation to consider community college. The case for community college is even stronger today, with the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis upending household finances.

Area colleges pledge to support international students following ICE rule change

A new Trump administration policy that threatens to revoke international students' visas won't have the same impact at every college and university, as institutions have taken various approaches to reopening during the coronavirus pandemic. But for any international student who had hoped to take online-only courses this fall, the choice is clear: Risk attending at least some in-person classes, or leave the country.

EWU trustees approve major budget cuts; details to be determined

Citing a grim revenue forecast in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Eastern Washington University’s board of trustees on Thursday unanimously approved an operating budget for fiscal 2021 that’s estimated to be $22.5 million, or nearly 8%, smaller than the budget for the current fiscal year.

EWU President Mary Cullinan faces no-confidence vote by faculty senate

Before taking the helm of Eastern Washington University in 2014, Cullinan resigned as president of Southern Oregon University after an overwhelmingly poor performance evaluation and a no-confidence vote by the SOU faculty. Professors accused her and other administrators of financial mismanagement. One professor at the time said Cullinan's leadership had facilitated "a climate of fear at SOU." A similar situation is unfolding at EWU.

Ohio State University soil professor gets World Food Prize

DES MOINES, Iowa – A soil scientist whose research led to improved food production and a better understanding of how atmospheric carbon can be held in the soil to help combat climate change was named this year’s recipient of the World Food Prize on Thursday.

Prosecutors drop obstruction charge against Eastern Washington student involved in November protest

Maya Caruth, 26, was arrested on Nov. 7 after crossing a “safety zone” that separated hundreds of student protesters from three religious activists who had arrived on campus with signs and a portable speaker, preaching in derogatory terms about LGBTQ people. Police said Caruth was uncooperative and refused to return to the student group. Her attorney has argued she was trying to broker peace between the two sides.

EWU notifying 400 employees of potential layoffs, furloughs

EWU President Mary Cullinan said Monday she has asked the board of trustees to declare a “severe financial crisis” as the school faces 15% cuts in state funding, declining enrollment and losses in revenue from housing, dining and other campus services.

EWU set to declare ‘severe financial crisis’ due to COVID-19

In a presentation to the board of trustees on Friday, Mary Voves, EWU’s vice president for business and finance, said the university could lose more than $12 million in state funding and more than $24 million from tuition and other sources.

Higher education

Colleges and universities across the country are offering cannabis-related courses and degree programs in science, business, medicine and law.

Washington colleges brace for potential 15% cut in state funding

Washington’s public colleges and universities, already taking financial hits from the COVID-19 pandemic, may have to contend with a 15% reduction in state funding in the next fiscal year – a move that could cost jobs and academic programs.

WSU Nursing College instructor Janessa Graves inspires next generation of nurses, without being one herself

For the past three years, Graves has served as a fellow at WSU’s Honors College, allowing her to work with students in the nursing program with an eye toward clinical research. Graves is quick to point out that she’s not a registered nurse (her background is in environmental biology), but over the past several years she’s worked with students preparing to treat patients and introduced them to the importance of scientific literature in a profession that’s demanding more academic knowledge from its front-line workers.