Then and now: College debt falling at WSU

Fewer WSU students are taking out loans and graduating with loan debt and average debts are falling since the state began its campaign to enhance college affordability in 2015.  The Great Recession drove the Legislature to increase tuition at WSU by 75 percent over four years in order to partially mitigate a near halving of […]

House elects Speaker, appropriations process can move forward

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post contained a broken link to House Speaker Mike Johnson’s Dear Colleague letter. The link has been fixed. We apologize for any inconvenience.  This week, the House of Representatives elected Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) as the next Speaker of the House, following weeks of uncertainty after a federal shutdown […]

State revenues projected to continue growth trajectory

In their quarterly revenue review this morning, the state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council adopted a forecast that anticipates a $664 million increase to the state’s current 2023-25 biennial budget. This September forecast now projects the state’s total budget to be at $66.7 billion. The forecast for the upcoming 2025-27 biennium also saw an increase […]

Ground broken for Schweitzer Engineering Hall

University leaders, students, faculty, donors and public officials officially broke ground on Schweitzer Engineering Hall Friday afternoon on the Pullman campus. Set for completion in 2026, the student-centered facility marks a rare equal partnership between the state and more than five dozen philanthropists, who are funding the $80 million facility equally. The largest donors include […]

Highlighting growing portfolio of innovative agricultural AI work

The agriculture industry faces growing threats from changing climate, extreme weather, water scarcity, and labor shortages and is looking to trusted partners like Washington State University for practical solutions. A few of these innovative solutions involving groundbreaking artificial intelligence were on display in Washington, D.C. this week for an AI Research Institutes Congressional Showcase, organized […]

Community college leaders visit WSU Pullman

A contingent of community college leaders toured the WSU Pullman campus this past Saturday, visiting with campus leadership to discuss partnerships in academia and student support services between the two year colleges and WSU. The day culminated at the WSU football game where the group watched the Cougs best the Northern Colorado Bears, scoring 64-21. […]

Washington Congressional delegation, staff spend August “recess” with WSU

The U.S. Senate returned to Washington, D.C. this week and the U.S. House of Representatives returns the week of September 11, following several weeks of a Congressional “recess.” It was anything but a recess in the traditional sense of the word! The Office of Federal Relations led several informative visits with our delegation and their […]

Annual staff tour visits Pullman, Spokane

Student services and innovative research in the health sciences were featured on the WSU Legislative & Congressional Staff Tour this year, as policy experts from both Washington’s state and federal delegations explored the WSU Pullman and WSU Spokane Health Sciences campuses over a three-day visit. The tour began at Martin Stadium, where student athletes shared […]

Field trip report: 105th Annual Lind Field Day

About a few hundred Washington growers and partners took in WSU’s 105th annual Lind Field Day Thursday at the Dryland Research Station. Lind is home to about 11 inches of annual average precipitation. Growers in this region feed the world in one of the driest but still productive agroecological climates on the planet. The 1,300-acre […]

Transportation agreement funds Snohomish SAF R&D Center

The compromise state transportation budget unveiled by legislative leaders today provides $6.5 million in seed funding for a new sustainable aviation fuels research and development center at Everett’s Paine Field. WSU will be the research partner in the project. The center was announced last month and funding was inserted into the Senate’s transportation proposal. The […]