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


UPDATED: Mon., May 18, 2020

EWU stops requiring SAT scores for admission – permanently

The university said the decision is aimed at easing the stress and complexity of applying to college, while prioritizing long-term academic success over onetime test scores.


UPDATED: Fri., May 15, 2020

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 – …


UPDATED: Tue., May 12, 2020

Cal State system says it will keep fall courses online, while Spokane-area schools aim to reopen campuses

Colleges and universities in western states are taking a variety of approaches to the fall semester as many brace for a potential second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.


After job interview via Zoom, new WSU provost says cross-country move will be ‘a leap of faith’

Elizabeth Chilton said she’s eager to address big challenges in higher education, such as the rising cost of tuition and declining support from state governments. She was among the first …


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 …


EWU announces plans for fall quarter; university presidents discuss COVID-19 impacts

In what they described as an “online first, maximum flexibility” approach, EWU administrators said they will maintain the ability to switch between online and in-person formats as the coronavirus situation …


UPDATED: Mon., May 4, 2020

Northwest Passages to host local college presidents for pandemic roundtable

The coronavirus pandemic has put extraordinary pressure on universities already wrestling with enrollment, keeping up with technology and budgets. Hear what local college presidents are doing.


UPDATED: Fri., May 1, 2020

WSU picks new provost while lawyers review treatment of predecessor

Elizabeth Chilton will start the job on Aug. 1, reporting directly to WSU President Kirk Schulz. She holds a doctorate in anthropology and is currently the dean of the Harpur …


UPDATED: Fri., May 1, 2020

With virus, US higher education may face existential moment

When Jamie Bolker started teaching composition at MacMurray College in January, she felt she’d won the lottery. After sending out more than 140 resumes, she had a tenure-track position in …


UPDATED: Wed., April 29, 2020

Idaho student leaders denounce anti-transgender laws

“These bills have no constitutional or scientific basis and are negatively targeting a community that already faces a host of hurdles and discrimination based on who they are,” the students …


UPDATED: Wed., April 22, 2020

WSU, EWU begin making hand sanitizer to fight coronavirus

Washington State University and Eastern Washington University have begun producing alcohol-based hand sanitizer to meet increased hygiene needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.


UPDATED: Wed., April 22, 2020

Washington, Idaho colleges to receive $281 million from federal stimulus package

At least half of that money will go directly to students in the form of emergency grants to help with tuition, child care, technology and other needs. Schools will have …


UPDATED: Wed., April 8, 2020

Whitworth University postpones graduation ceremony until October

Graduation events previously scheduled for May now will take place during Whitworth’s Homecoming Weekend, which begins Oct. 9. Graduating students still will receive their degrees next month, the university said …


New WSU College of Nursing Dean Mary Koithan on taking over in time of coronavirus: ‘I look at it as an opportunity’

Nursing instruction has already been moving toward simulated learning, and online classes will continue to expand that, even as students must remain apart for social distancing reasons. But Koithan, who …


UPDATED: Thu., March 12, 2020

Gonzaga extends spring break, prepares to move courses online due to COVID-19

In messages to students, faculty and staff on Thursday, Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh said spring semester courses are now scheduled to resume on March 23.


UPDATED: Wed., March 11, 2020

Appeals court reverses decision on SFCC sexual harassment records

In a unanimous opinion, a three-judge panel of Washington’s Court of Appeals Division III said a new Public Records Act exemption can retroactively apply to the documents in question.


UPDATED: Thu., March 12, 2020

WSU, EWU moving classes online due to coronavirus concerns

Professors will teach by live video conferencing and prerecording lectures to share with students, among other modes of communication. The move will affect tens of thousands of students.


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 …