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October 15, 2013 at 5:02 PM
The University of Washington has started the academic year with the largest freshman class in its history with 6,255 students, 67 percent of whom are from Washington.
The UW had a record number of applicants for the year — more than 30,000 — and as a result, the admission rate declined from 59 percent in 2012 to 55 percent this year.
But the acceptance rate for Washington residents was higher. Of the nearly 11,000 Washington high-school students who applied for admission, about 64 percent were accepted.
The average grade-point average for entering freshmen is 3.76; their average composite SAT score is 1,830. The high school with the largest number of entering freshmen is Skyline, with 93 students, followed by Newport with 88 and Inglemoor with 83.
International students make up nearly 16 percent of the entering class. The top three countries for freshmen international students are: China, with 687 students; South Korea, with 75; and Taiwan, with 70.
Elsewhere in the state:
- Washington State University saw a slight decline in the number of freshmen this year, but the university’s overall enrollment at its Pullman campus is the second-highest in the university’s history. WSU has seen an increase in the diversity of its enrollment, with one in four students now identifying themselves as students of color.
- Western Washington University’s freshmen enrollment increased by 107 students, and total enrollment for the year also grew, by about 100 students, to 14,950. It’s the largest and most culturally diverse enrollment in the university’s history, with minority students making up about a quarter of the freshman class.
- Central Washington University saw freshmen enrollment increase by 70 students, or about 5 percent higher than last year. The total enrollment dropped by 211 students, from 10,715 in fall 2012 to 10,504 in fall 2013. CWU officials say it’s the first decline in many years, and they attribute the drop to strict new rules for State Need Grant eligibility that caused 200 students to lose financial aid.
- Eastern Washington University set an enrollment record, for the fifth consecutive year, with a total headcount of 12,791 — about 200 more students than it had at the same time last year. University officials say they’re retaining more juniors and seniors, in part because they have increased academic support services and institutional aid.
- The Evergreen State College saw a slight decline from last year’s overall enrollment of new students — it’s down about 3 percent, from 1,344 in 2012-13 to 1,308 this year. New undergraduate enrollment includes both transfer students, who make up 60 percent of new students, and freshmen. Evergreen’s total enrollment this year is 4,424.
July 22, 2013 at 11:43 AM
The Associated Press
ELLENSBURG — Central Washington University says the man who apparently was stabbed to death in a campus parking lot was not a student or employee.
The Daily Record reports (http://bit.ly/12HmHIr ) the 23-year-old Ellensburg man was found wounded late Saturday night and died Sunday in a hospital.
Campus police are leading the investigation with help from the Ellensburg Police Department and Washington State Patrol.
April 23, 2013 at 3:57 PM
About $70 million in college tuition waivers issued in 2011 by state college and universities were not properly documented, according to a new report by the state auditor’s office.
But two of the state’s universities with the largest number of improperly documented waivers downplayed the findings, saying the report exaggerates the issue.
The audit was prompted by a 2011 audit which found that Central Washington University issued $145,719 in ineligible or unallowable tuition waivers, 60 percent of which went to dependents or spouses of employees.
As it turns out, the instance at CWU was an outlier, and auditors did not find other examples of ineligible or unallowable waivers in this year’s audit, said Matt Miller, government and community liaison for the auditor’s office.
However, the report also looked at whether tuition waivers were being properly documented – that is, if students who received the waivers were submitting proof that they were following the waiver rules.
Tuition waivers are awarded to students for a variety of reasons – most commonly, for graduate students who work 20 hours a week helping teach classes, or doing research. Most of those waivers are given to graduate students at the UW and WSU.
Auditors said they could not determine if about 17 percent of the waivers were awarded to students who met or maintained eligibility requirements, including working 20 hours each week. They projected that the schools “awarded $71.7 million in tuition waivers with inadequate documentation to support either initial or on-going student eligibility.”
The University of Washington, in an official response to the report, said the auditor’s report grossly overstates the issue, and that the entire dollar value of waivers issued without sufficient documentation is only about $14,000.
Washington State University also pushed back, saying that the auditor used a narrow interpretation of the criteria that resulted in an inaccurate and misleading conclusion.
Miller said the audit report doesn’t require the universities to take any action. “What happens next is up to them,” he said.
UW spokesman Norm Arkans said the university doesn’t plan to take action. “This is a situation where we just disagree,” he said. “We have good policies and procedures in place.”
September 28, 2012 at 2:57 PM
Central Washington University has approved a labor agreement with 325 of its classified employees that links future wages to student performance.
The agreement, which must be approved by the Legislature, covers employees who are members of the Washington Federation of State Employees and Public School Employees of Washington, and includes administrative and clerical staff, as well as groundskeepers and food service workers, said CWU President James Gaudino. It does not include professors, instructors or administrators.
Under the agreement, the employees would get a one percent increase in pay in July 2014. They could also earn a payment of up to 3 percent a year if student achievement — such as graduation rates — improve. The payment tied to student achievement would not be part of their base salary.
Gaudino said the total cost of the two-year contract could be up to $700,000 if student achievement does improve. CWU’s six-year graduation rate is 55 percent, although Gaudino said if transfer students are factored in, the university’s graduation rate is closer to 80 percent.
Gaudino said classified staff members can have a real impact on student success rates. “Students sometimes spend more time outside of class than inside of class,” and people like food-service handlers or groundskeepers “have an impact on the culture and feeling” of the university, he said.
CWU’s contract with its faculty union, United Faculty of Central, does not expire until later this year, and Gaudino said the university will suggest a similar arrangement with professors and instructors. However, “you don’t want to give the impression we are putting faculty in a position where their pay is connected to the percentage of students who graduate,” he said. He said negotiating that contract will be “a more complicated discussion.”
He said CWU employees, like most other state employees, have not had a raise in four years.
May 30, 2012 at 6:58 AM
Weather: We said yesterday the temperature would stay in the mid-60s this week, and we’re stickin’ to it. Unfortunately, those temperatures could come with light rain for the next SIX days. Friday could reach 67 degrees, and that’s cool. Let’s hope the sun peeks through as it did a bit yesterday, despite what the forecasters say. The National Weather Service forecast.
Traffic: The map and cams.
Losing luggage is one thing, but … Central Washington University pole vaulter Kati Davis had to compete with borrowed poles in the NCAA Division II track and field championships in Pueblo, Colo., recently because the airline lost her poles. What? Davis told KOMO TV her poles didn’t appear at the airport until competition day, and when her coach went to fetch them, he got caught in traffic. She had coughed up $200 to fly the poles as oversized baggage. The airline refunded the money. Davis’ performance wasn’t what she expected at the meet.
Gang shootings not just here: Many Eastern Washington cities have their own gang problems, particularly Yakima and the Tri-Cities. To wit, four teens, ages 15-18, were busted in Kennewick, Tri-Cities last night after two of them shot at the other two at a bus stop. No one was injured. Police found the gun in a driveway nearby.
Not Steve Jobs: In an interview that included our tech columnist Brier Dudley, Apple CEO Tim Cook said in passing yesterday he’s not trying to duplicate the visionary role of Steve Jobs . But we couldn’t help noticing that Cook was wearing blue jeans, a mainstay of the late Jobs’ wardrobe. Or maybe it’s casual Friday everyday for people at the top!
Body found outside University of Washington dorm: How sad it is that the body of a college-age man was found yesterday at the foot of McMahon Hall on the UW campus. We’ll post more information as we get it.
Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:
May 23, 2012 at 10:45 AM
A former Central Washington University professor is among some 200 climbers now attempting to climb the world’s highest peak, but the weather, especially high and incredibly cold winds, have trapped or stopped many climbers in their push to the top.
That many climbers on 29,035 foot high Mount Everest is apparently causing traffic jams and hazardous conditions. Four climbers have died on the mountain, apparently from exhaustion and altitude sickness. Two climbers remain missing.
Jon Kedrowski, 33, who taught at Central Washington University for two years before leaving to pursue more climbing adventures, has helped in four rescue attempts of climbers in trouble, according to a story in the Yakima Herald Republic.
Kedrowski, however, is not deterred.
The Yakima paper quotes dispatches posted on Kredowski’s blog by a friend, Chris Tomer, a Denver meteorologist.
”In spite of what has happened, Jon is ready to make a 2nd summit attempt … heading back into the ‘Death Zone’ (above 26,000 ft).”
October 21, 2011 at 1:59 PM
A group of students at Central Washington University protested this afternoon over the Board of Trustees’ decision to give President Jim Gaudino a $500,000 retention incentive.
About 100 students, along with faculty and community members, joined the protest. They occupied the school’s Barge Hall for about 30 minutes before they were invited into Gaudino’s office for a question-and-answer session, said Katharine Lotze, editor-in-chief of the school’s newspaper, The Observer.
She said Gaudino reminded students that he would only collect the money if he stays with the university for five years. “He wanted to make it clear it wasn’t guaranteed,” she said.
Lotze said some students also expressed their support for Gaudino. The president said he has received offers by other universities for more money, but did not specify which schools.
Gaudino’s contract renewal includes a retention incentive of $500,000 if he stays with the university for the next five years. He makes $290,000 annually.
University presidents in two comparable Washington schools make smaller retention incentives or none at all. Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard makes $300,000 and will receive a $75,000 retention bonus this fall for three years of work. Eastern Washington University President Rodolfo Arevalo makes about $240,000 and does not receive a retention incentive.
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