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From the college dorm trenches: What to bring, leave at home

For the uninitiated, outfitting a college dorm room can be a dizzying experience. Doing it at a time of high inflation can make it even more daunting.

The first step: Meticulously go over what the school allows and provides. If you want a microwave and minifridge, are the energy-saving…

Skagit Valley College instructors take new approach to teaching

Students in Tony St. John’s chemistry 163 class at Skagit Valley College are actively engaged in their education.

Previously, St. John taught the class in a traditional lecture style: him in front of the class showing PowerPoint slide after PowerPoint slide.

Now, students work…

Randhawa named next president of Western Washington University

Sabah Randhawa was named the 14th president of Western Washington University in a unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees Tuesday evening, April 5.

Randhawa had been the trustees’ preferred candidate to replace outgoing President Bruce Shepard and the only one who met students, staff and…

WWU Moves into Top 10 Nationally For Students Who Go On to Earn Doctorates 2016-03-14
Inslee orders special session, vetoes 27 bills to spur action

Lawmakers this legislative session had two fundamental responsibilities: Come up with a full plan for K-12 education funding and pass a supplemental budget.

But as legislators and lobbyists filtered out of the Capitol building Thursday night — the last day of the 60-day session — there…


One recurring feature of the student protests that have recently swept across college campuses is lists of demands -- for new faculty slots, new presidents, "safe spaces" and more inclusive campuses, just to name a few. As the lists have grown longer and more ambitious, responses from…

Inside Olympia

We talk with outspoken Western WA University President Bruce Shepard about the state of higher education in Washington. Plus, State Treasurer Jim McIntire shares his thoughts on fiscal responsibility in state budgeting.

WWU and other state colleges, universities economically create skilled workforces

As Western Washington University moves forward into its second century as one of the nation’s premier publicly purposed institutions, it is fitting to reflect on this place where “Active Minds Changing Lives” is lived out each and every day.

What would 15% cut mean for state’s colleges?

Double-digit tuition increases. Class cuts that would make it harder to finish a degree in four years. Enrollment cutbacks that would make it more difficult to get admitted to a state university.

Washington’s public college and university presidents, warning that a…

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