The ROI of a Four-Year College Degree

Recent news stories have highlighted skepticism shared by young people about postsecondary education. These trends include an uptick in the number of those taking gap years between high school and college, surveys showing that college students are stressed and questioning…

Welcoming WWU’s New Provost and Executive Vice President

Dr. Brad Johnson COP congratulates Dr. Brad Johnson who last week was named provost of Western Washington University, effective August 1, 2022. Dr. Johnson has been a professor of Physics at Western since 1997 and has served as Dean of…

What You Should Know About the FAFSA

As high school seniors across the state look towards the end of the academic year, many are submitting FAFSA applications and applying to colleges. Now is a good time for a FAFSA explainer. What is the FAFSA? The Free Application…

Thoughts on the Graduation Requirements Emergency Waiver Program

The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly disrupted the education of K-12 students across our state. In response, the Washington State Board of Education (SBE) created the Graduation Emergency Waiver Program (GREW) to allow school districts, charter schools, tribal compact schools, state…

Budget Expands Cybersecurity Degree Options as Cyber Threats Grow

Recent geopolitical events – including Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – have elevated the need to protect our nation’s systems and networks. President Biden recently warned companies about possible Russian cyberattacks, and urged them to ensure their own protection. The president’s…

Welcoming New EWU President Shari McMahan

Dr. Shari McMahan On February 24, the Eastern Washington University (EWU) Board of Trustees selected California State University, San Bernardino Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Shari McMahan as the 27th president. Her appointment will begin on June 24,…

2022 Legislative Session Recap

Thursday, March 10th marked Sine Die for the 2022 legislative session. The Latin term, meaning “without a day”, describes the day that legislators adjourn proceedings. The phrase signals that legislators don’t plan to return until the next session. The legislators…

Campus News Roundup

The beginning of March marks the beginning of the end of the supplemental legislative session, which is set to sine die on March 10. As legislators, staff, and interested parties finish their work on the capitol campus, we would like…

Updates on Washington State’s COVID-19 Response  

On Thursday, February 17, Governor Jay Inslee announced that the statewide indoor mask requirement in place since August 23 will end on March 21. This includes businesses, schools, and childcare centers. This follows an announcement on February 9 that the…

Trends in Wage Growth and College Enrollment

As the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to reverberate, sectors and institutions are rethinking many of the assumptions they once held. No stranger to these disruptions, higher education continues to adjust to a new normal. After many years of…