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November 13, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Whitman College names its first woman president

Kathleen Murray, the provost and dean of faculty at Minnesota’s Macalester College and a noted pianist, will become Whitman College’s 14th president and its first woman president.

Murray, who has recorded on the CRI record label and performed in numerous solo piano recitals across the Midwest, will succeed current President George Bridges when he steps down in June of next year, the Walla Walla private college’s board of trustees announced Thursday.

Murray joined Macalester, a 2,000-student liberal arts school in St. Paul, Minn., in July 2008, and she served as acting president when President Brian Rosenberg went on sabbatical in 2013.

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August 25, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Best bang for your college buck? UW ranks 6th

A wide range of institutions and publications will be rolling out national — in some cases, international — college and university rankings in the coming weeks. In this space, we’ll take note of some of the most interesting ones.

The national magazine Washington Monthly tries to downplay prestige and play up value in its “Best Bang for the Buck” list, with rankings based on the economic value students receive per dollar. Among national universities, that list puts the University of Washington-Seattle at number 6. Washington State University ranks 45th. 

Among master’s-degree-granting universities, UW-Bothell ranks 5th, and The Evergreen State College ranks 17th. Central Washington University comes in at 29th, and Western Washington University at 32nd.

Among all schools in the country, regardless of the highest degree awarded, UW-Bothell ranks 6th, and UW-Seattle ranks 15th.

The monthly magazine also has a second, broader ranking that looks at more than money.  For that list, it “asks not what colleges can do for you, but what colleges are doing for the country. Are they educating low-income students, or just catering to the affluent? Are they improving the quality of their teaching, or ducking accountability for it?”

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