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February 24, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Stuck on a math problem? WSU’s math center offers instant help

A white-coated math lab tutor helps students at WSU. Photo by Shelly Hanks.

A white-coated math lab tutor helps students at WSU. Photo by Shelly Hanks.

Even college students stumble over math. More than a year ago, Washington State University decided to make it easier for students to get immediate help whenever they got hung up on a problem. The program, WSU says, is helping students advance quickly through the required college math track.

The Mathematics Learning Center offers free tutoring for students enrolled in undergraduate math courses and is open 56 hours a week. Tutors dressed in white lab coats roam the room, looking for raised hands. The tutors are either math majors in their last years of college or graduate students working as teaching assistants.

Tutors at the math center are adept at helping in all levels of math. About 10 to 15 percent of WSU students require a developmental math class because their skills aren’t yet up to college level-math.


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January 8, 2014 at 10:30 AM

WSU gets high marks in new ranking of top online degree programs

Thinking about going online to get your bachelor’s degree, or start a master’s program? U.S. News has come out with its third-annual ranking of the best online degree programs in the nation.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the rankings don’t look anything like U.S. News’ “best colleges” list, dominated by private Ivy League schools and flagship state universities. According to U.S. News, the best place to get a bachelor’s degree online is Central Michigan University, followed by SUNY College of Technology-Delhi and Pace University in New York.

Washington State University is the only Washington school to make the top 25 in online bachelor’s degrees, coming in at 21. But perhaps it doesn’t matter — when you’re online, you can go to college wherever you want.

WSU has been a state leader in online education. In 2012, it launched the Global Campus, an online portal to WSU courses and programs which it describes as its fifth campus (the other four are the physical campuses in Pullman, Tri-Cities, Vancouver and Spokane).


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November 25, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Inslee, regents from UW and WSU to discuss higher education

Gov. Jay Inslee will convene with regents for both the University of Washington and Washington State University during the joint annual meeting of the two boards Nov. 29. It’s a short, one-hour meeting with a discussion of the future of higher education as the centerpiece of the agenda. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. in…


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