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WSU’s move to distance learning will not cost less, university officials say

Stacy Pearson, WSU vice president of finance and administration, said the university is still reviewing the mandated 10 percent budget cuts.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

July 31, 2020

The move to remote instruction will not come with fewer expenses, WSU officials said Friday afternoon in the online COVID-19 Town Hall.  “Certainly it’s not less expensive,” WSU Provost Elizabeth Chilton said. “As someone who has taught courses in both remote environment and face to face, it...

Schulz says tuition stays the same; student fees to be reevaluated

WSU President Kirk Schulz said he acknowledges the financial hardships of students and families, but tuition dollars fund the valuable educational experience at WSU. 

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

July 25, 2020

WSU will not reduce tuition for any students, WSU President Kirk Schulz confirmed Friday afternoon in an online town hall.  “I would ask our Coug family to remember we’re also in the midst of a pandemic, and the university is cutting back on a lot of our expenses,” Schulz said.  WSU upd...

Undergraduate classes move online for fall; letter urges students not to return to campus

Undergraduate classes move online for fall; letter urges students not to return to campus

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

July 23, 2020

The WSU Pullman campus will be offering all undergraduate classes remotely with very few in-person exceptions, according to a letter WSU officials published today. WSU will announce information about graduate classes by Aug. 1.  Delivery options for class schedules will be finalized Aug. 1, said...

University officials express importance of international students feeling welcome at WSU

International students are no longer being required by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to take in-person classes at risk of deportation.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

July 22, 2020

WSU doubled down on its support for international students amidst Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s reversal of its policy to force international students to take in-person coursework or leave the country. Many universities and colleges filed lawsuits because of ICE’s guidelines, said Kate H...

WSU offers English-improving program to international students for fall

The INTO WSU Academic English Program’s goal is to help international undergraduate and graduate students increase their English language proficiency.

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter

July 17, 2020

Faculty members from the WSU Intensive American Language Center are working with Global Campus instructional designers to offer students an English-improving program online for fall.  Kate Hellmann, director of WSU’s International Student and Scholar Services, said the INTO WSU Academic English Progr...

WSU team designs masks, tests level of protection for use

Shawn Brow, nurse anesthetist in Spokane and adjunct faculty with the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, wears a mask that she and her team designed.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

July 17, 2020

Members of WSU faculty designed and tested facial coverings to see if they can be used by healthcare professionals as a last resort. Early in the pandemic, the team heard there was going to be a shortage of N95 masks. They wanted to design a mask a healthcare provider might use if they lacked suffic...

Cougs Rise staff members continue to help high school students during pandemic

Ray Acuna-Luna, project director of Cougs Rise, said Cougs Rise has two different programs to help high school students transition to higher education: Coug Tracks and the Bridge Program. 

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter

July 17, 2020

The Cougs Rise summer programs moved online due to COVID-19, but staff members are trying to create a student experience closest to the one they would have had in person.  Ray Acuna-Luna, project director of Cougs Rise, an initiative that helps low-income and first-generation students transition into co...

New regent to focus on learning his role before taking action

John Schoettler, vice president for Global Real Estate and Facilities at Amazon and member of the WSU Board of Regents, said his prior job experience will help him in his new role as regent.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

July 15, 2020

A WSU alumnus and Amazon executive has been appointed to the university’s Board of Regents. John Schoettler, vice president for Global Real Estate and Facilities at Amazon, was appointed to the position by Gov. Jay Inslee. He started his appointment July 1. "I think that Washington State Univ...

WSU officials, students speak out against international student immigration policy

International students must take at least one in-person class in order to stay in the country, according to a statement from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

July 13, 2020

International students will not be able to stay in the country if they do not take at least one in-person course in fall 2020, according to a statement by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, part of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. WSU will be following a hybrid model this fall, so as long as WS...

Residents call for action from local legislators

Seven-year Pullman resident Jason Kennedy will present his idea to have a mural painted in downtown Pullman during City Council's in-person meeting July 14.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

July 6, 2020

A group of Pullman activists will present how city council can support the Black Lives Matter movements to local legislators. One proposed project is a street-wide mural in Pullman reading “Black Lives Matter.”  Seven-year Pullman resident Jason Kennedy helped organize the Palouse in Solidari...

Board of Regents increases tuition; WSU Athletics faces $99 million deficit

WSU Athletics Director Pat Chun, left center, said the department's revenue will drop about $6 million. WSU President Kirk Schulz, far right, said he believes football will continue fall semester.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

June 29, 2020

The WSU Board of Regents approved the WSU Athletics Budget, increased student tuition by 2.5 percent, and made cuts to President Kirk Schulz’s salary during the virtual meeting on Friday.  Board members approved the budget for WSU Athletics. Athletic Director Pat Chun said the department anticipat...

WSU officials solidify plan for fall instruction

WSU Interim Provost Bryan Slinker said signage will be used to direct students through hallways and maintain social distancing.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

June 26, 2020

WSU still plans for in-person fall instruction, but officials confirmed the semester will move to online learning after Thanksgiving. This is among many changes addressed during the WSU COVID-19 Town Hall held on Wednesday afternoon. Class sizes will not exceed 50 students, and students will have...

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