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WSU President Kirk Schulz said decisions about requiring vaccinations will be made by the end of this semester, pending legal counsel.

Hybrid classes require ‘heavy lifting’ from WSU faculty

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen roots editor April 9, 2021

WSU administrators spoke with faculty senators about the university’s COVID-19 response as fall semester approaches during the last Senate meeting Thursday afternoon. President Kirk Schulz and Provost...

“I think the whole system of tenure is not well suited to attracting more diverse faculty,” said Joe Hedges, associate professor of painting/intermedia. “People are talking about revising the process in such a way that it is more equitable.”

Plan drafted to establish equity for career track, tenure faculty

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen roots editor March 18, 2021

When one WSU professor heard he had received tenure, a weight lifted off his chest – six years of his life had not been wasted. The sensation quickly faded, said Joe Hedges, associate professor of...

The WSU Executive Budget Council plans to create a new budget model. The process will bring in stakeholders, like faculty and staff, to evaluate current budget-planning methods then adapt them to better suit university needs.

Legislative representative reports to Faculty Senate

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen roots editor March 5, 2021

Faculty senators heard from guest speakers about legislative progress for WSU-specific House Bills, as well as updates from the Executive Budget Council during a meeting Thursday afternoon. Stephen...

Challenges students face with the current system set-up are too great to be ignored, WSU Provost Elizabeth Chilton said.

Provost addresses faculty concerns about ONEWSU

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen roots editor February 19, 2021

Faculty Senate members presented constituent concerns and questions about ONEWSU to WSU Provost Elizabeth Chilton during a senate meeting Thursday afternoon. ONEWSU, an initiative led by the WSU president...

Von Walden, professor and Faculty Senate member, said WSU Athletics struggled to pay debts from the football program's stadium and facility upgrades for about a decade.

Faculty senator says WSU needs ‘self-sustaining athletics department’

TIMOTHY FAIRBANKS-CLOUSER, Evergreen news editor February 9, 2021

A Faculty Senate member urged GPSA Senate to contact WSU’s student regent to oppose the proposal diverting $2-3 million annually from unappropriated funds to combat WSU Athletics’ debt crisis during...

One senator expressed concern about how ONEWSU could change WSU degrees and impact accreditation for students depending on the campus.

Faculty Senate shows concern for athletics budget, ONEWSU

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen roots editor February 5, 2021

Faculty Senate members approved sending a letter of recommendation to the WSU Board of Regents raising concern about the 2021 athletics budget plan. Senators also expressed hesitation for the proposed...

The proposal would subsidize $2-3 million of Athletics’ costs for the fiscal year 2022 and beyond.

Faculty Senate continues athletics budget conversation

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen roots editor January 22, 2021

Faculty Senate members called for feedback on their recommendation to reject WSU Athletics’ request for more funding from the university at the first senate meeting of the semester on Thursday. The...

The main goal of the survey was to find out what barriers students may be having with online learning.

WSU analyzes fall survey data to plan for spring semester

ABBY DAVIS, Evergreen copy chief January 19, 2021

WSU sent out a survey in late September asking students about their fall experience to better understand how to help students succeed academically amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  The survey was a...

Faculty Senators have been concerned about WSU paying Pac-12 annual membership fees starting in fiscal year 2022.

Faculty Senate resists million-dollar commitment to athletics

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen deputy news editor December 11, 2020

WSU Faculty Senators expressed concerns during a meeting Thursday that a proposed $2 million to $3 million commitment to help resolve the Athletics budget deficit could harm academic quality.  Budget...

WSU received a $39 million budget cut because of the pandemic, said Colleen Kerr, vice president of external affairs and government relations and chief legislative officer for WSU. 

Faculty Senate discuss financial effects of COVID-19

JENAE LAXSON, Evergreen roots editor November 20, 2020

WSU Faculty Senate members discussed Washington’s new salary threshold, which can exempt some employees from receiving overtime pay, during a meeting Thursday.  Lisa Gehring, WSU assistant vice...

Michael Kahn, professor at WSU's Institute of Biological Chemistry, said faculty senate should make a statement about the government's efforts to change the F-1 visa requirements, which could prevent students from completing their education.

Faculty Senate talks about government effort to limit exchange students

JENAE LAXSON, Evergreen roots editor November 6, 2020

WSU faculty discussed changes to the F-1 visa requirements for international students studying in the U.S. and the transition over to Workday during a faculty senate meeting Thursday afternoon. The effort...

Faculty Senate voted to reject a change in the rules when students drop courses. If approved, a student who already had a grade in a course would have needed the instructor’s approval to drop the class.

Faculty Senate addresses dropping courses, grades

ALEXANDRIA OSBORNE, Evergreen reporter October 23, 2020

Faculty Senate unanimously voted to reject a change in the rules when a student drops a course during an Oct. 22 meeting. If approved, a student who had a grade in a course and wanted to drop it would...

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