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  • College of Medicine receives NCCU accreditation

    Washington State University’s College of Medicine passed another milestone this week by receiving accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The college obtained approval from the commission to offer a Doctor of Medicine to medical students beginning their coursework in August.

    The college in October gained accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, which allowed it to begin recruiting students. More than 700 students applied during a one month recruiting window and about 340 are being interviewed to identify the 60 that will make up the inaugural class that will be seated in August.

    WSU’s top priority this legislative session is ... » More ...

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  • Students from all campuses attend Coug Day at the Capitol

    About 160 WSU students swarmed Olympia today pressing the cause of higher education during the annual Coug Day at the Capitol event.

    Organized by the Associated Students of Washington State University, the delegation included students from all WSU campuses — including the Global Campus — speaking with one voice. Of those who participated, fewer than half were from the Pullman campus. Also participating was a delegation of graduate students.

    After a morning briefing, students met with legislators throughout the day to discuss issues surrounding higher education. They finished ... » More ...

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  • TVW interviews Med School Dean

    Dr. John Tomkowiak, inaugural Dean of the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, was interviewed on Inside Olympia this week to discuss the development of the state’s second publicly funded medical school. The dean spoke with TVW about the selection process the college is using to find the right 60 students from among the 700 applications the college received and how the University plans to address the shortage of doctors in rural and underserved urban areas of Washington.

    The dean’s interview can be viewed below.

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  • WSU report on Cross-Laminated Timber heard in Capital Budget committee

    Washington State University professor Dan Dolan spoke before the House Capital Budget committee last week to discuss results of a report he and his team drafted on the current status and barriers to using cross-laminated timber (CLT) for construction. Dolan’s report includes details on where CLT is currently being utilized across North America, how CLT products can be used within Washington in accordance with current building codes, and what the Legislature can do to assist the designing and implementation process.

    View professor Dolan’s full report in the video below:

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  • Senate updated on Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

    Dr. Ken Roberts, Vice Dean for Academic and Community Partnerships, provided a status update on the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine to the Senate Higher Education committee Tuesday.

    In October, the college received preliminary accreditation status, giving the University permission to begin the student recruiting process. In the narrow month-long admissions window, the College received over 700 applications. Of those 700, 340 interviews have been planned for the 60 spots in the College’s inaugural class.

    Dr. Roberts update goes over next steps in the process, including an outline on the first and second year teaching curriculum and how the College is modeling its ... » More ...

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