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Higher-ed task force unveils list of solutions

SEATTLE – A task force charged with finding stable money to pay for higher education in Washington state has some ideas it wants the Legislature to consider. At the top …


Vestal: Quiet woman had big heart, loved giving

Barbara Bethards loved Christmas. She’d gather gifts with personal touches. Items that reflected her friends’ pets, hobbies, passions. Charm bracelets. Pet photos. Cross-stitching. Bags filled with emblems of thoughtfulness.


College tuition costs climbing again this fall

College tuition costs shot up again this fall, and students and their families are leaning more on the federal government to make higher education more affordable in tough economic times, …


Vestal: Improving job prospects through school has hefty price

Sara Kerbs-Ridenour is a schoolteacher working on a master’s degree in special ed. She’s 24, with three years of experience in the classroom. A Spokane native, she returned to Eastern …


Enrollment rises at state’s public colleges

SEATTLE – Enrollment is up again this fall at Washington’s public universities, despite cuts in state dollars to support their operations. Part of the enrollment jump comes from an intentional …


WSU president rejects across-board cuts

SPOKANE – Facing millions of dollars in budget cuts, Washington State University President Elson S. Floyd said the school needs to make a stronger case about the importance of higher …


Caldwell: Spokane’s higher-ed grades improving

Spokane is not at the forefront of higher education. Lack of a major research institution has consistently been called a weakness as community officials assemble a 21st-century information-based economic curriculum. …


Merger to create environmental studies unit at WSU

A departmental merger years in the making is finally moving ahead at Washington State University after being put on hold since 2008 by budget cuts.


Spenser Williams, 21

Spenser Williams graduated this spring from Gonzaga University with a degree in math and economics. This past year he had a paid internship with Avista Utilities, working on power analysis. …


Census says women equal to men in advanced degrees

Women are now just as likely as men to have completed college and to hold an advanced degree, part of an accelerating trend of educational gains that have shielded women …


Enrollment period ends soon for WA prepaid tuition

The enrollment period for Washington’s prepaid tuition program closes next week. And when enrollment reopens again in the fall, fees are expected to be about 14 percent higher.


UI: Furloughs for 2,600 will save $1.2 million

The University of Idaho plans to implement furloughs for 2,600 employees during the next four months to save about $1.2 million and help offset shortfalls in state funding for higher …


Higher education worth preserving

Public institutions of higher education across the country are in a fiscal crisis. The financial downturn has highlighted the reality that leaders in higher education must redouble efforts and continue …


Hundreds of students weigh their options at college fair

Hundreds of high school students considering their futures flooded the Spokane National College Fair at the Convention Center on Thursday. Representatives from about 170 colleges, universities and vocational schools as …


College fees climb even during recession

With the economy struggling, parents and students dared to hope this year might offer a break from rising college costs. Instead, they got another sharp increase. Average tuition at four-year …


College tuition is up sharply amid recession

With the economy struggling, parents and students dared to hope this year might offer a break from rising college costs. Instead, they got another sharp increase.


University enrollment climbs

SEATTLE – Enrollment is up at Washington’s public universities this fall, with most of the increase coming from students who decided to stay in school rather than seek their fortunes …


College transfers reflect economy

SEATTLE – A few months ago, Rebecca Gottlieb faced a difficult choice: continue at her $50,000-a-year private school in Massachusetts, or leave her new friends and life and enroll at …


WSU announces final cuts: 359 jobs, three programs

Washington State University will cut 359 jobs and eliminate three academic programs to deal with severe budget cuts imposed by the state, school President Elson Floyd said Wednesday. The department …


Oregon universities expect tuition increases

PORTLAND – Tuition and fees at Oregon’s seven public universities could rise by as much as 13 percent as the schools brace for state budget cuts. Oregon lawmakers are grappling …


Quest for perfect college can involve extended travel, intangibles

Forget the Grand Tour of Europe. If your kid is in high school, your next family vacation – in fact, your next couple of family vacations – may well be …


Washington tuition bill closer

OLYMPIA – Washington students could pay more for a college diploma under a bill approved by the state House on Wednesday. The measure, approved on a 50-47 vote, removes the …


Smart Bombs: Sticker Shock 101

In pushing for large tuition increases over the next two years, Gov. Chris Gregoire invoked many of the arguments made over the years for a high tuition-high aid model for …


Budget cuts rekindle faculty group

Concern about budget cuts at Washington State University has prompted a resurgence of a national faculty rights organization on campus. The American Association of University Professors, active in Pullman in …


EWU students rally against cuts

State university administrators are keeping budget plans close to their vests while Washington House and Senate negotiators decide whether impending higher education cuts will be bad news or very bad …


EWU scholarships in jeopardy

Jessica Hay has no illusions about where she would be were it not for the scholarships she receives while attending Eastern Washington University. “I would be working dead-end job after …


Falling endowments hurt students on scholarships

Jessica Hay has no illusions about where she would be were it not for the scholarships she is receiving while attending Eastern Washington University.


Stock plunge leaves colleges hurting

American colleges and universities are seeing dramatic declines in the value of endowment funds filled with money from donors. And while the downturn won’t be felt immediately, it eventually will …


Colleges react to proposed cuts

News that would have sent panic through community colleges a year ago is instead being met with a bit of relief.


Higher-education leaders seek share of stimulus fund

WASHINGTON – More than 40 higher-education leaders from across the country asked Congress today to commit 5 percent of any economic stimulus program to the nation’s colleges and universities. The …