Washington State University’s Board of Regents voted Monday to extend President Elson Floyd’s contract until 2021. Floyd’s annual base salary of $725,000 will remain the same, although Floyd plans to return $100,000 of his paycheck back to the university, as he has been doing since the economic downturn resulted in state cutbacks to higher education. He is…More
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The Associated Press PULLMAN — Police in Pullman say the body of a Washington State University professor has been found in a pond at Sunnyside Park. Police found the body of the 51-year-old man early Wednesday morning. The Spokane Spokesman-Review identified him as Scott Stratton. The WSU website lists Stratton as an instructor in the history department who received…More
Weather: In the 40s today, and probably dry. The National Weather Service forecast. Will Bill Gates head for the exit at Microsoft? Microsoft’s board, according to recent reports, is apparently discussing the idea of replacing Gates as chairman — perhaps with John Thompson, CEO of Virtual Instruments. Why? Read more. Bertha remains stalled:…More
Employees at three Washington universities used state-issued credit cards in violation of Washington policy, charging $226,583 worth of alcohol, gifts and other items to the cards, according to a report by the state auditor’s office.
The report from the office of State Auditor Troy Kelley was part of a review of the way credit cards are used at the three largest public four-year universities in Washington — the University of Washington, Washington State University and Western Washington University. The audit report found purchases that were not supposed to be charged to state-issued credit cards at all three schools, with the largest amount — $197,265 — at the UW. The UW is also the largest user of state credit cards among the six four-year public schools in Washington.
In a letter responding to the report, UW officials said the purchases were all made for allowable uses, and the only thing in dispute is that they were made with state-issued credit cards.
The UW receives gifts from donors that “can be used to support the University without regard to certain state rules,” the UW wrote. For example, the university uses donor funds to buy alcohol for fundraising events.
According to the report, the three universities used credit cards to purchase more than $164 million in goods and services in the 2012 fiscal year, which ended June 30, 2012. Most of the purchases followed state policy, the auditor’s office found.More
Graduates from Washington’s public and private four-year colleges have less debt than their counterparts nationwide, according to a new report on student debt in America. But in Washington, the average debt load has gone up nearly 22 percent in five years. When compared to other states, Washington ranks 36th for college debt levels among students who attend four-year…More
A few hours before the Apple Cup kickoff Friday, Gov. Jay Inslee met with the regents of the University of Washington and Washington State University and pledged support for more money for higher education. Inslee also urged the schools to invite legislators to campus, show them the universities’ top accomplishments and make the pitch for higher-education…More
Washington State University’s governing board has approved a $10 million expenditure to design a new classroom and office building and acquire property for future development of WSU-taught programs on the Everett Community College campus. The money was appropriated by the Legislature. The building of 95,000 square feet will support programs focused on science, technology, engineering and…More
Washington State University canceled classes Thursday afternoon and made morning classes optional in advance of a 7:30 p.m. football game against Arizona State University. WSU President Elson Floyd announced the decision to cancel classes in May, calling the game “a rare opportunity” to showcase the Pullman campus. The game is being televised nationally by ESPN. “It is…More
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…More
Hundreds of college-age revelers in Washington state thwarted in efforts to continue a large party threw projectiles at police who responded with pepper spray to disperse them, officials said. Several people were arrested during the melee late Saturday and early Sunday in Bellingham, according to police Sgt. Mike Scanlon. “There was drinking, it became disorderly and…More