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GPSA discusses WSU’s path to normality

GPSA senators raised concerns about first-generation college students who would miss out on their opportunity to walk at graduation during the pandemic.
TIMOTHY FAIRBANKS-CLOUSER, Evergreen reporter January 26, 2021

A faculty guest speaker addressed concerns about WSU’s system-wide virtual graduation this spring and its plan for fall 2021 during the GPSA Senate meeting Monday evening. WSU issued a memo to faculty...

WSU analyzes fall survey data to plan for spring semester

The main goal of the survey was to find out what barriers students may be having with online learning.
ABBY DAVIS, Evergreen deputy news editor 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...

Ask Emma: I’m stressed about finals

If finals has you stressed, this week's Ask Emma is made just for you.
EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter December 7, 2020

Dear Emma, I am super stressed for finals weeks — way more stressed than I normally am for finals. I think it’s a combination of online learning and just existing during a global pandemic. My classes...

WSU adds new grade system

“No Record, COVID grade” does not count as a withdrawal and will not limit a student’s ability to repeat a class, said Mary Wack, vice provost for undergraduate education.
BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter December 3, 2020

WSU created a new grade system for fall 2020 and spring 2021 for students whose academics were affected by COVID-19 related challenges. “No Record, COVID grade” will lessen the impact of a...

WSU Libraries implements new video database

AVON is being used to meet WSU’s demands for academic videos and video streaming. AVON is more affordable
ABBY DAVIS, Evergreen reporter November 12, 2020

WSU Libraries is offering students and faculty members a new video database, which contains more than 72,000 videos. ProQuest’s Academic Video Online is licensed through the Orbis Cascade Alliance,...

Faculty Senate addresses spring online classes, football program

Certain classes may be offered in person, although no professors will be required to teach in person.
JENAE LAXSON, Evergreen reporter September 24, 2020

WSU will hold most classes remotely next semester, WSU provost said during a Faculty Senate meeting held Thursday afternoon. One professor also made a case for removing football from the athletics department. Online...

WSU community standards panel to stream live

Jill Creighton, WSU dean of students and associate vice president for student affairs, will host the event.
SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter September 22, 2020

WSU faculty and staff are invited to learn about COVID-19 compliance, academic misconduct and Zoom bombing during the community standards virtual panel 4 p.m. Wednesday.  Jill Creighton, WSU dean of...

Zoom to no longer require passcodes for meeting

Zoom is no longer requiring passcodes and waiting rooms for every meeting.
ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter September 21, 2020

Zoom reversed its decision to require passcodes or waiting rooms for every virtual meeting conducted on the platform.  The reversal of required passcodes or waiting rooms is a Zoom decision, not a...

Instructors receive extension for UCORE course revisions

Mary Wack, vice provost for academic engagement and student achievement, said UCORE courses are revised every five years.
JENAE LAXSON, Evergreen reporter September 15, 2020

WSU postponed the renewal of University Common Requirements classes for the 2020-21 school year, which means UCORE professors have a one-year extension to rewrite their courses.  The UCORE committee...

District switches platforms after hackings

The Zoom bombings began on Sept. 2 and continued onto the next day. The district switched from Zoom to Google Classrooms to prevent future hacks.
HUNTER ORCUTT, Evergreen reporter September 9, 2020

The individuals responsible for recent Zoom bombings have not been caught, leading Pullman Public Schools to switch their online courses to Google Classroom.  Lincoln Middle School experienced five...

WSU Global Campus appoints two alumnae as first vice chancellors

Rebecca Van de Vord, WSU Global Campus vice chancellor of academic affairs, said she is a WSU alumna and has been with the university for 20 years.
BROOKLYNN HILLEMANN, Evergreen reporter August 24, 2020

Two WSU alumnae will serve as the first vice chancellors for WSU Global Campus.  Rebecca Van de Vord, WSU Global Campus vice chancellor of academic affairs, said she will also continue her current...

WSU extends late tuition fee deadline for students

Dave Cillay, WSU Vice President for Academic Outreach and Innovation, said WSU’s learning system helps encourage distance learning and will make classes easier to adapt to.
SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter August 19, 2020

WSU officials announced students will not have to pay the first late tuition fee on Sept. 7, giving students who are late on tuition an extra month to pay. This announcement came during WSU’s ninth online...

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