George Bridges named new president of The Evergreen State College

The board of trustees of The Evergreen State College announced today its selection of George Bridges, Ph.D., as the college’s next president.

03/2015 | Evergreen News

Higher education's role in creating the skilled workforces for Washington and the country

WWU President Bruce Shepard speaks out on the importance of higher education to Inside Olympia and The Bellingham Herald.

03/2015 | Opinion

Keep state universities accessible and affordable for the next generation

John Gardner, vice president for development at WSU speaks out on how public universites are crucial for the greater good.

The Seattle Times | 03/2015 | Opinion

The Washington Legislature should ensure the higher education budget does not suffer

Since 2008, the recession and state budget deficits have squeezed higher education institutions, students and their families, who are paying higher tuition.

The Seattle Times | 03/2015

Jerry Baldasty named interim provost of the University of Washington

University of Washington Provost and Executive Vice President Ana Mari Cauce has selected Jerry Baldasty to serve as interim provost, effective March 3, when Cauce assumes the role of interim president. Baldasty has served as senior vice provost for academic and student affairs since 2012.

UWToday| 02/2015

WWU most efficient school of type in Pacific Northwest

According to a U.S. News & World Report analysis that compared spending and educational quality, Western Washington University is the most efficient school among universities of its type in the Pacific Northwest

WesternToday| 02/2015

3 Three Washington Universities pack Peace Corp pipeline

For the second time in three years, three Washington universities have sent more undergraduates to work overseas in the Peace Corps than any other schools of their respective sizes in the nation.

Seattle Times| 02/2015

Provost and Executive Vice President Ana Mari Cauce interim UW President
University of Washington Provost and Executive Vice President Ana Mari Cauce was named interim president by the Board of Regents at their regular meeting on Thursday. Her appointment will be effective March 2, 2015. She succeeds President Michael K. Young, who is leaving the UW for Texas A&M University.
UW Today| 02/2015
Regional public colleges struggle to survive
Regional public colleges are often referred to as the “undistinguished middle child of higher education,” squeezed on one side by community colleges and on the other by flagship universities. To stand out, their administrators and faculty have tried to remake them in the image of campuses where they were trained, mostly private colleges or large state schools.
Washington Post| 02/2015
Western receives honor for community service
Western Washington University has been selected for the national 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction award.
Western Today | 01/2015
Gov. Jay Inslee proposed his 2015-17 budget
Gov. Jay Inslee declared today “it is time to reinvest in Washington” as he proposed his 2015-17 Operating, Transporation and Capital Budgets. | 12/2014
State Universities Call for Reinvestment to Bolster Student Access and Success
Washington’s public college and universities are jointly requesting a $198 million state investment over the next two years to expand student access and increase
degree production in high demand fields to support the state economy
COP | 12/2014
Education funding needs to be for more than K-12
As state lawmakers address mandates to boost funding for kindergarten through 12th grade schools, they must also consider the needs of early learning and higher education students.
Seattle Times| 12/2014
Mary Cullinan, PhD, named 26th president of EWU
Cullinan has served as president of Southern Oregon University (SOU) in Ashland, Oregon, since 2006 and brings 34 years of extensive higher education experience to the Cheney campus.
EWU News| 06/2014
Is College Worth It? Clearly, New Data Say
For all the struggles that many young college graduates face, a four-year degree has probably never been more valuable.
The New York Times | 05/2014
WSU online programs among the best for veterans
Washington State University’s online graduate degree programs in business and engineering this week were named the nation’s third best online degree offerings for military veterans by U.S. News & World Report.
WSU News| 05/2014
Tuition Rollback Recommended
Presidential finalists announced.
EWU News| 05/2014
WWU: Brent Carbajal named WWU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
EWU will not be increasing resident undergraduate tuition next year.
EWU News| 05/2014
Washington's Statewide Public Four-Year Dashboard highlighted in Lumina report on statewide goals and accountability
The dashboard presents metrics in all three areas in an easy-to-read format for the state and for each public, four-year institution. The dashboard was included in Washington’s 2011 Higher Education Opportunity Act (House Bill 1795) and unveiled online in December 2011.
Lumina Foundation| 05/2014
WWU: Brent Carbajal named WWU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
"I am absolutely delighted that our campus will be able to draw upon the talents of such a proven academic leader as Dr. Carbajal,” Shepard said.
WWU Press Release | 05/2014
CWU Math Modelers Among Best in the World

At the Mathematical Competition in Modeling (MCM), teams from Central Washington University earned rankings in the top 10 percent of more than 6,700 universities and colleges from all over the world.

CWU Press Release | 04/2014

Evergreen President stepping down in 2015

Dr. Thomas L. (Les) Purce announced today he will step down at the end of August 2015 from his position as president of The Evergreen State College.

TESC Press Release | 04/2014

CWU Brooks Library creates partnerships with the local community

As the only library in Central Washington that is part of the Federal Depository Library Program, Brooks shows the community how the college library is approachable and accessible.

Michael Gallagher, The Daily Record, 04/2014

Tuition help for students affected by Oso mudslide

Washington State University, University of Washington and Western Washington University are offering help to students affected by Oso mudslide.

Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, 04/2014

Calling all "dreamers"–application for state financial aid now available

The Washington Application for State Financial Aid, or the WASFA, is now available for undocumented students to apply for State Need Grant funds. The application can be accessed on, and students should submit it as soon as possible.

Washington Student Achievement Council, 03/2014

Understanding the quirks in the state's college completion rate

Washington’s Statewide Public Four-Year Dashboard, which looks only at the state’s six four-year public universities, shows a six-year graduation rate of 68 percent.

Katherine Long, Seattle Times, 03/2014

The Success of UW-Tacoma

With close ties to Tacoma schools and the military, UW-Tacoma hits its stride.

TVW, 03/2014


UW President, Michael Young discusses the issues facing higher education in Washington State

An in-depth interview on TVW, Inside Olympia.

TVW, 03/2014

Tim Melbourne, Geological Scientist, CWU invited to present testimony regarding earthquakes and sea level rising

CWU professor testifies at House Local Government Committee, Thursday, March 6th.

TVW, 03/2014

University of Washington President featured on INSIDE OLYMPIA

An in-depth interview on higher education and the University of Washington.

TVW, 03/2014

Dream Act, known ad the REAL Hope Act, becomes law in Washington

Gov. Jay Inslee signed the Dream Act, known in Washington as the REAL Hope Act, into law, as students and legislators crowded the room on Wednesday.

The Capitol Record, 02/2014

University of Washington and Western Washington University among top volunteering-producing universities

“The same passion that launched the Peace Corps more than 50 years ago fuels progress in developing countries today thanks to the leadership and creativity that college graduates bring to their Peace Corps service,” Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. 

Peace Corps Press Release, 02/2014

Western Washington University college students work as mentors

Western Washington University college students are working as mentors, tutors and role models for thousands of K-12 students in and around Bellingham.

Katherine Long, Seattle Times, 02/2014

EWU President, Dr. Rodolfo Arévalo, to retire
Eastern Washington University's 25th president, Dr. Rodolfo Arévalo, has announced he will retire effective July 15, 2014, after an eight-year tenure that brought the university to new heights in academic success, facility enhancement and athletic profile. January 24, 2013 | EWU Press Release
Washington State data used in National Governors Association report on effectiveness and efficiency of the resources directed at postsecondary education

The Washington State Education Research & Data Center compiles information and data for the NCHEMS/NGA report.
NCHEMS | 12/2013 |

A Market Approach to Faculty Salary Adjustments

But at least one university (Eastern Washington University) has stepped outside the box in its approach to equity in professor pay, aiming to bring all faculty salaries up to current market rates for their ranks and discipline...
Inside Higher Ed | 09/2013

Obama's Ratings for Higher Ed

President Obama appears to be making good on his vow to propose a "shake-up" for higher education. Early Thursday, he released a plan that would:

--Create a new rating system for colleges in which they would be evaluated based on various outcomes (such as graduation rates and graduate earnings), on affordability and on access (measures such as the percentage of students receiving Pell Grants) .
Inside Higher Ed | 08/2013

Bjong Wolf Yeigh selected as chancellor for UW Bothell
University of Washington President Michael K. Young and Provost Ana Mari Cauce announced the selection of Bjong Wolf Yeigh, professor and president of SUNYIT, the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome, as the next chancellor at the University of Washington Bothell, effective Sept. 1, 2013.
UW Press Release | 05/2013
Higher Education is the key.
Washington should appropriate $225 million to freeze resident undergrad tuition for the next two years, to make college a manageable option for middle class students. Student financial aid must be fully funded. And boosting capacity in engineering and computer science to align with student demand, a proposal floated by the Washington Roundtable, is the low-hanging strategy to remedy the skills crisis.
The Everett Herald | 05/19/2013
Can a Mentorship Program for High-School Seniors Raise College Enrollment?
Many programs designed to increase college access try to reach students early. And with good reason: Decisions made starting in middle school can play a large role in determining students’ college options.
The Chronicle of Higher Education | 05/2013
MOOCs, History and Context
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have captured the nation's imagination. When history looks back on them, they may receive no more than a footnote. However, they mark a revolution in higher education that is already occurring and which will continue.
April 29, 2013 | Inside Higher Ed
Students loans after college daunting but payable

It is not uncommon that at the end of students college careers that they accumulate debt as a result of taking out loans.  The pressure at the completion of college to repay the money borrowed can be overwhelming for some students who face thousands of dollars in debt.
April 26, 2013 | The Indiana Statesman

President Obama releases budget plan with a simple goal: Ending the debt standoff
In the first budget of his second term, President Obama set aside the grand ambitions that marked his early days in office and sent Congress a blueprint aimed at achieving a simple goal: ending the long partisan standoff over the national debt.
April 10, 2013 | The Washington Post
UW announces new, low-cost online-only degree completion program in early childhood studies
The University of Washington will offer a new low-cost online bachelor’s degree completion program in early childhood and family studies. Pending final approval, the program will start in the fall.
March 27, 2013 | Molly EcElroy| UW News and Information
President Obama releases budget plan with a simple goal: Ending the debt standoff
In the first budget of his second term, President Obama set aside the grand ambitions that marked his early days in office and sent Congress a blueprint aimed at achieving a simple goal: ending the long partisan standoff over the national debt.
April 10, 2013 | The Washington Post
UW researchers fear federal cuts will hit hard
The University of Washington is bracing for a loss of $83 million in federal funding if the sequester goes into
February 26, 2013 | Katherine Long, The Seattle Times
Legislature needs to fund more seats in high-demand fields
Washington state must unblock the pipeline of workers for future computer, engineering and medical jobs...
March 26, 2013 | Editorial | Seattle Times
WWU to offset possible cuts in federal financial aid
Shepard has announced that, should any awards of federal financial aid for the current (2012-13) or coming academic year (2013-14) be reduced as a result of federal sequestration, then the university will draw upon institutional reserves to provide equivalent current funding to offset those reductions at Western...
February 26, 2013 | Press Release, Western Washington University