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UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 31, 2019, 5:40 p.m.

‘A home away from home’: Whitworth students move into dorms

The Whitworth University campus teemed with students, parents and traffic control volunteers Saturday as hundreds of new freshmen moved into their dorm rooms.


Gonzaga plans to break ground on $56 million building that aims to foster innovation

The Integrated Science and Engineering building will add almost 82,300 square feet of labs, classrooms, faculty offices, study spaces and a collaborative space the school is calling the “innovation studio.”


Achievements: Spokane Community College Spring 2019 Honor Roll

The following undergraduate students have achieved the honor roll at Spokane Community College for spring quarter 2019.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 2:01 p.m.

WSU students start classes Monday with a bit of good news: Student debt in Washington is lower than in many states

Nationwide, Americans owe more than $1.6 trillion in student loans, making student debt the second-largest consumer debt segment in the country after mortgages, according to Federal Reserve data. But students …


UPDATED: Fri., July 26, 2019, 4:46 p.m.

Gonzaga, Whitworth receive high rankings for value in recent report

If you’re looking for a good return on your investment in higher education, a


UPDATED: Thu., June 27, 2019, 10:34 p.m.

EWU trustees approve $3.6 million budget cut; 55 tenured faculty offered voluntary buyouts

Eastern Washington University’s board of trustees on Thursday approved a 3% cut to the school’s operating budget for fiscal 2020. A presentation from the trustees’ meeting documents indicates about half …


Shawn Vestal: Universities should look at their out-of-classroom spending growth before they start slashing budgets

As Eastern Washington University wades into the thicket of budget cutting by 3.5% here and 3.5% there, there’s another percentage that’s worth consideration. One hundred and fifty-five percent.


UPDATED: Tue., May 7, 2019, 9:48 p.m.

WSU names new provost, executive vice president

Mitzi Montoya, an administrator at Oregon State University, will start her new job at Washington State University on Aug. 1.


UPDATED: Fri., April 26, 2019, 10:38 a.m.

‘Every tool I need to succeed’: First four men earn college degrees while incarcerated at Airway Heights

“Some of us are really sorry for what we did, and we need not only a second chance but a second look at who we are,” said David Hall, 39, …


EWU restructuring programs, cutting positions to fix $3.6 million shortfall

Facing a projected $3.6 million budget shortfall, Eastern Washington University is working to cut costs by restructuring colleges and academic departments – a process that will affect jobs. EWU President …


Gonzaga, EWU team up to develop law programs

The partnership, announced Friday, aims to establish a program that would enable students to earn their bachelor’s and law degrees in six years instead of the usual seven.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019, 8:35 p.m.

Mike Leach says ‘things are looking good’ for WSU course this spring on football, war

The outspoken head coach of the Cougars football team provided more details in a Twitter post late Tuesday about a class he’s been pondering teaching on the Palouse. The course …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 4, 2019, 5:56 p.m.

Gonzaga University allowing Ben Shapiro to speak on campus in spring

Conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro will be allowed to speak on the Gonzaga University campus this spring after a student Republican group appealed an earlier decision by administrators.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 10:20 p.m.

Sociology professor visits SCC to explore the legacy of the ‘real’ Martin Luther King Jr.

Sociology professor Darryl Brice visited Spokane Community College on Thursday to discuss the ways in which key pieces of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy have been omitted from public discourse.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 9:02 p.m.

New WSU program opens college’s doors to those with developmental disabilities

Evan Henniger’s parents never thought college would be a possibility for their son. Evan, 20, was diagnosed with Down syndrome shortly after his birth, and the prospect of venturing away …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 16, 2018, 9:32 p.m.

Lawsuit alleges EWU Police Department prevented officer from pumping milk for her new baby

A former Eastern Washington University police officer is suing the school, alleging supervisors discriminated against her and violated federal law by imposing restrictions that made it impossible for her to …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 13, 2018, 7:39 p.m.

Metallica donates $100,000 to SCC for workforce education

The world-famous metal band Metallica donated $100,000 to Spokane Community College, the school announced Thursday, saying the money will bolster workforce education programs.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 12, 2018, 9:51 p.m.

Despite Gonzaga ban, supporters say conservative commentator Ben Shapiro could still come to Spokane

Undeterred by Gonzaga University officials who


Higher-ed investment essential

We celebrate the investment the state has made in K-12 and ask legislators to now focus on funding education beyond high school.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 6, 2018, 5:43 p.m.

Identity Evropa posters removed from Spokane Falls Community College

Posters advertising prominent white nationalist group Identity Evropa were removed from around the Spokane Falls Community College campus Tuesday.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 30, 2018, 8:33 a.m.

Gonzaga University College Republicans say university has denied planned appearance by political commentator Ben Shapiro

The Gonzaga University College Republicans are reporting their request to bring prominent conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro to campus next year has been denied by university officials.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 25, 2018, 8:38 p.m.

‘I will die before this loan is ever paid off.’ Idaho students’ debt piles up as company takes heat

One of the nation’s largest student loan servicing companies may have driven tens of thousands of borrowers struggling with their debts into higher-cost repayment plans.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 4, 2018, 5:52 p.m.

EWU ranks among nation’s top universities for accepting Saudi-funded tuition

The first time Hashim Akeel saw Cheney, he was struck by how small it was. It was 2015 and Akeel, from Saudi Arabia, drove over from the west side to …


WSU medical school granted initial accreditation for graduate education

Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine has received initial accreditation for graduate medical education.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 29, 2018, 3:15 p.m.

Justice Mary Yu shares her story, offers students inspiration at Gonzaga School of Law breakfast

Speaking to a small group of law students, undergraduates from Gonzaga and Eastern Washington University and Spokane-are high schoolers Saturday morning, Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu shared her story …


U.S. News & World Report ranks Gonzaga No. 4 among similar regional universities in the West

For the fourth year running, Gonzaga University is ranked fourth best regional university in the West, according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual listings.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 25, 2018, 1:14 p.m.

Gonzaga fundraiser draws $355.4 million for improvements, scholarships

Gonzaga University announced Wednesday that it raised $355.4 million dollars in a seven-year-long fundraiser, far exceeding its original goal of $250 million.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018, 11:33 a.m.

WSU breaks ground on $61.9 million building addition for animal disease lab

Work has begun on a $61.9 million building addition that will serve as the new home of the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, which plays a crucial role in infectious …


WSU anticipates revenue boost from partnership with international student recruiter

WSU administrators say the INTO University Partnership will eventually bring in thousands more students from other countries, making the university more culturally diverse, boosting tuition revenue and improving the school’s …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 26, 2018, 8:53 p.m.

Education deserts: Up to 1 in 5 Washington students live far away from college

Though Spokane residents have abundant access to higher education, Washington is one of 11 states where 10.1 to 20 percent of the population lives in an “education desert,” where it’s …