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  • WSU updates Senate Higher Education committee on federal financial aid changes

    Brian Dixon, Assistant Vice President of Student Financial Services, provided an update to the Senate Higher Education Committee this morning regarding federal financial aid changes and the impact these changes will have on four-year universities.

    The Senate is in Olympia for two days of meetings in advance of the 2017 legislative session, scheduled to begin Jan. 9. The House of Representatives has scheduled its own Committee Days events for Dec. 1 and 2.

    In today’s presentation, Dixon discussed how these changes will effect student loans, lower and middle class students, and state-funded resources. Dixon also notes the impact of the 15% tuition reduction, which was ... » More ...

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  • Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine receives preliminary accreditation

    Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine received preliminary accreditation today, completing a major milestone that will keep the university on track to enroll its inaugural class of students in August 2017.

    The announcement was made by founding dean, John Tomkowiak during a news conference earlier today, in which the dean noted the impact this step will have in educating future physicians for underserved regions across Washington. The dean also thanked legislative members, community leaders across the state, and the late WSU President Elson S. Floyd for all of their work in getting the college to reach this point.

    The accreditation comes 19 ... » More ...

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  • WSU submits budget requests for 2017-19 biennium

    Washington State University recently submitted its operating and capital budget requests to the state’s budget office for the upcoming 2017-19 biennium, prioritizing support for the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine and capital requests to promote food safety and food security.

    In the operating budget, WSU seeks $10.8 million in funding from the Legislature to support the implementation of the medical education program at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. Receipt of preliminary accreditation in October 2016 would allow the college to begin accepting its first class of 60 students for the fall of 2017. This is the university’s next step in ... » More ...

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  • WSU Professor Carolyn Long awarded Distinguished Professorship

    Three of Washington’s Secretaries of State joined together recently to award WSU Professor Carolyn Long the inaugural Sam Reed Distinguished Professorship in Civic Education and Public Civility. The ceremony was conducted in the current Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s office and was attended by former Secretaries of State Ralph Munro and Sam Reed.

    Reed, a WSU alum, served 12 years as Secretary of State, using his tenure to encourage younger generations to engage in political involvement. In honor of his commitment, WSU created the Sam Reed Distinguished Professorship award to support research and teaching efforts that advance civility, moderation and bipartisanship in politics.

    Long is ... » More ...

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  • WSDOT, WSU to host online forum, discuss US 195 and SR 26

    The Washington State Department of Transportation and Washington State University will jointly host an interactive town-hall meeting over YouTube on Tuesday in an effort to address public concerns about U.S. Highway 195 and State Route 26 near Pullman. A panel that includes representatives from WSDOT, WSU and the Washington State Patrol will discuss safety concerns and provide updates on improvement efforts being made to both highways.

    The April 5 forum will start at 6:00 p.m. and is open to the public. Participants will be able to livestream the video footage online and submit questions for the panel to address.

    Details on how to view the ... » More ...

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