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Settlement says WSU provost was ‘terminated without cause’

Former provost Mitzi Montoya continues to work as a professor under the terms of a legal settlement that guarantees her a $460,000 salary for one year, even if she finds …


UPDATED: Mon., March 2, 2020

WSU hires law firm to review brief tenure of former provost, claims of sexism

As provost, Mitzi Montoya reported directly to President Kirk Schulz and oversaw teaching and research across WSU campuses. She left the position in late September, less than two months after …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 28, 2020

EWU trustees decline faculty request for independent analysis of athletics spending

“I can only conclude that they are afraid that an independent expert will disagree with their current course, and they’ll have to contemplate large changes,” a professor said in response …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 27, 2020

EWU faculty call for independent review of athletics spending

A physics professor representing concerned faculty members delivered a 10-minute presentation to Eastern Washington University’s board of trustees on Thursday, arguing money spent on athletics would be better spent on …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 25, 2020

NPR’s Mara Liasson to speak at Spokane Community College

The lecture on March 12 will mark the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 23, 2020

Shawn Vestal: EWU would be reckless not to consider proposal to cut, or eliminate, sports

EWU made cuts of almost $7 million across campus in the past two years; it spent about twice that in a single year to subsidize athletics. Ask yourself if you …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 21, 2020

WSU hiring lawyer to review former provost’s claims of sexism, internal power struggles

After less than two months on the job, former WSU provost Mitzi Montoya described receiving sexist performance evaluations and other resistance from fellow administrators. “I learned that there are major …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 17, 2020

Eastern Washington University faculty members propose cutting sports to pay for academics

“Eastern’s not doing anything outrageous. We’re not doing anything extravagant,” EWU Athletic Director Lynn Hickey said. “At the same time, we know that we need to be responsible, fiscally. But …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

‘Activist in residence’ teaches EWU students about immigrant rights

This year’s EWU “activist in residence” is Lili Navarrete, an alumna of the university who immigrated to Spokane from Mexico City in 1988. She is the director of public affairs …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 29, 2020

Shawn Vestal: Bill that would force UW to layoff 800 administrators is a good start to cut bloat that burdens students

A lawmaker is taking aim at administrative bloat in Washington’s universities, with proposed legislation that would take a cleaver to nonteaching jobs in the state’s system of higher learning and …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

EWU to vacate building on WSU Spokane campus after lease talks

Leaders at both schools say they will continue working together, but there are still many details to be worked out, and it’s unclear how much EWU will pay WSU to …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 24, 2019

Deadly alcohol poisoning at WSU frat house was an accident, coroner says

The Whitman County coroner confirmed Monday that Samuel Martinez, a 19-year-old Washington State University freshman, died of acute alcohol intoxication during a party at his fraternity house last month. Coroner …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 16, 2019

Washington, Idaho colleges bracing for ‘enrollment cliff’ in 2025

Colleges and universities across the United States are bracing for an “enrollment cliff” in about five years – the result of a downturn in birth rates after the Great Recession. …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 18, 2019

WSU fraternity suspended during investigation of freshman’s death

In a statement Monday, WSU President Kirk Schulz said the school “placed an interim loss-of-recognition status” on the Alpha Tau Omega house following the Nov. 12 death of Samuel Martinez.


GU law school partners with Catholic Charities to launch free immigration law clinic

The Catholic Charities Spokane and Gonzaga School of Law have teamed up to offer an immigration law clinic at the law school, where students overseen by attorneys will offer free …


Parents telling you an English degree is worthless? Not so fast.

The Washington Post reported that despite a 25.5% decline in English majors since the 2008 recession, the skills learned through the major – chiefly, storytelling – are more crucial than …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 9, 2019

Boeing gifts massive 787 engine to SCC’s aviation maintenance program

The engine will give students hands-on experience with some of the latest commercial airplane technology.


EWU now offering minor in sexuality and queer studies

“This is the first part of a larger revision of the curriculum,” said Judy Rohrer, director of the EWU Women’s and Gender Studies Program.


SFCC starts saving cafeteria leftovers in effort to curb hunger, food waste

The college’s new food-recovery efforts were spearheaded by Josh Hechtman, an enterprising senior at Lewis and Clark High School.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 26, 2019

Gonzaga breaks ground on $56 million science and engineering building

The 82,000-square-foot Integrated Science and Engineering Facility, scheduled to open by fall 2021, will include 12 teaching laboratories, four research labs, classrooms, faculty offices and a “collaboration studio,” according to …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019

Banned University of Idaho professor arrested on drug, burglary charges

Court records say Denise Bennett stayed at a man’s trailer home in Lewiston for about a week before moving out on Sept. 18. The man called police two days later, …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 20, 2019

WSU eliminates $30 million deficit, but athletics department still overspends

The university said it closed the 2019 fiscal year, which ended June 30, with a balance of about $7.8 million, marking the first time it has broken even or had …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019

WSU touts record fall enrollment; most growth in online programs

This semester’s headcount of 31,607 students tops last fall’s enrollment of 31,478, the university said in a news release Wednesday, noting that systemwide enrollment has increased each year since 2013.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 31, 2019

‘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

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

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

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.