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December 1, 2014 at 7:35 AM

UW academic redshirt program draws more women, minorities into engineering

Devin Pegues, left, and Casiano Atienza work on a math problem during a recent class at the UW. This math workshop uses whiteboards and group problem-solving to bring engineering-level math to first-year students. Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times.

Devin Pegues, left, and Casiano Atienza work on a math problem during a recent class at the UW. This math workshop uses whiteboards and group problem-solving to bring engineering-level math to first-year students. Photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times.

When she got the letter in summer 2013, Courtney Seto thought it sounded too good to be true.

A free program that offered automatic acceptance into the University of Washington’s engineering school? Did everyone get this letter?

Seto had already been accepted to the UW as an incoming freshman, but she expected to apply to the College of Engineering at the end of her sophomore year, competing against a thousand other UW students, of which only about 55 percent get in.

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May 6, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Is teacher diversity a problem in Washington?

New studies from the Center for American Progress and the National Education Association give credence to what many education officials already know anecdotally: American teachers are nowhere as diverse as their students.

Across the U.S., half of public-school students are nonwhite, but fewer than 1 in 5 teachers are people of color. In Washington state, 63 percent of students are white, compared with 87 percent of teachers.

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