Liberal Arts Champs: Vi Boyer and Humanities Washington

On May 4, 2016, the Washington Consortium of the Liberal Arts (WaCLA) announced the winners of the inaugural Champion of the Liberal Arts in Washington State (or CLAWS) award. The award was designed to honor individuals and institutions in Washington State advocating for the value of the liberal arts, particularly those demonstrating a commitment to working with diverse student and community …

Give a kid a chance: Fund aid program

Give a kid a chance: Fund aid program PSBJ Editorial, Nov 21, 2014 Washington’s looming legislative session will focus heavily on education. The McCleary ruling will force lawmakers to devise a plan to fully fund K-12 education. They cannot stop there. Lawmakers can make a big statement by also bolstering the State Need Grant program. The grants provide tuition assistance …

Colleges need support building vital workforce

Colleges need support building vital workforce The Spokesman Review. April 20, 2014 Thayne M. Mcculloh And Beck A. Taylor We applaud the Legislature’s action this session embracing the higher-education attainment goals proposed by the Washington State Student Achievement Council. We also wish to thank Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature on the bill. These goals are a great first step toward equipping …

Higher education must be more accessible and affordable

Higher education must be more accessible and affordable John Bassett Heritage University president. Posted on April 13, 2014 Along with my fellow presidents from the Independent Colleges of Washington (ICW), and our public colleagues, I applaud the legislature’s support for the higher education goals proposed by the Student Achievement Council. In its 2013 Roadmap Report, the WSAC set two statewide …

State must find more money for higher education

The Olympian, March 25, 2014 The board members of the Independent Colleges of Washington applaud the recent action by the Legislature to embrace the higher education attainment goals proposed by the Washington State Student Achievement Council. These goals are a foundational and much-needed commitment to improving college graduation rates in our state. A recent study from Georgetown University predicts that …

Improving higher education in Washington

September 23, 2013 Posted by Letters Coordinator We must do more Regarding Katherine Long’s article on in-state students and top faculty at the University of Washington, and The Times editorial on improving the UW, we absolutely agree! [“Report wants UW to step up role as ‘engine for economic growth,’” NW Thursday, Sept. 12, and “Editorial: Good ideas to make the …

Lawmakers must not short-shrift higher ed

The Olympian, Roy Heynderickx, May 28, 2013 As lawmakers negotiate a final compromise state budget for the next two years, they will be focused on many issues, from taxes and K-12 education spending to social services and the rainy day fund. Critical as all these issues are, we urge legislators also pay close attention to higher-education budget issues. The House …

Fund more math and science degrees

April 4, 2013. By Neal Piliavin Independent colleges should also receive more funding I applaud The Times’ editorial calling for increased production of college degrees in fields that are vital to our state’s economy [“Fund more seats in high-demand fields,” Opinion, March 27]. I also believe that Washington’s independent colleges must be viewed as part of the solution. Our 10 …

Winter 2013 E-Newsletter

Happy Valentine’s Day from ICW Student Profile: Sandy Zimmermann Why We Love the Liberal Arts Ethics Bowl Preview Meet the 2013 College Bound All-Stars In 2013, there are many things which ICW, our ten member colleges and 40,000 students can open our heart to: Committed board members, who help shape our goals and strategy Strong colleges and universities in Washington, …

Focus funding on the student in higher education

January 27, 2013 By George S. Bridges Special to The Seattle Times AS Olympia begins the process of wrestling with another difficult budget and the many needs in our state, changes in the classrooms of our colleges and universities offer a strategy for supporting higher education that increases access to a college education while also ensuring its affordability for Washington …

Private colleges are affordable and diverse

Private colleges are affordable and diverse June 8, 2012 Regarding Katie Baird’s column on college costs (TNT, 6-6), I would like to thank her for pointing out that private colleges work to ensure the education their students receive remains affordable. It is widely known that private colleges carry higher published tuition prices. What is much less widely known is that private colleges …

College is still our best hope

Ronald R. Thomas  The Spokesman-Review Opinion, June 2, 2012 The rites of spring are annually celebrated in May and June at college campuses across the region with symbol-rich commencement ceremonies, joyous families and excited graduates – from Gonzaga to Whitworth, Washington State University to Eastern Washington University and across a host of local community colleges. This year, we witnessed a common …

Create opportunities for access and success at Washington’s colleges and universities

The academic needs of Washington residents demand new approaches to supporting and delivering educational programs, writes Whitman College President George Bridges. We must place students first — giving highest priority to increasing academic access and success for undergraduates. By George Bridges Special to The Seattle Times In his State of the Union address, President Obama “… put colleges and universities on …

Investing in students is the way to help our economy

Seattle Times Letters to the Editor February 14, 2012 Kudos to Rep. Larry Seaquist for calling it like it is. In his guest opinion piece, he warns that although Washingtonians appear to be fairly educated, if you look below the surface you will see the true story, our educational status is an illusion because we import many educated people to fill …

They will listen, learn and perhaps make a difference

The News Tribune, February 22, 2011 by Ronald R. Thomas and Loren J. Anderson This week 40 local college students will go to Lincoln High School to do something that many of us as parents, teachers, civic leaders, and community members regularly fail to do. They are going to listen. The high school students will be encouraged to talk about …

Bill Robinson and Thayne McCulloh’s letter to the Spokane Spokesman-Review

Submitted February 26, 2010 Editor, During even the best of economic times, good and important causes compete for limited resources. In what are arguably the worst circumstances the state has faced for generations, the Governor and the Legislature are faced with impossible choices. We are therefore grateful for and support the Governor’s revised budget request, which restores funding for the …

Slashing financial aid imperils higher education and economic growth

The Olympian, published February 07, 2010 By Roy F. Heynderickx A couple of weeks ago, I walked at the state Capitol with two Saint Martin’s University students to meet with state legislators to talk about state student aid, in particular the Washington state need grant program. The purpose of our walking the hallways that day was to put a face on …

Avoid catastrophe: Don’t cut Washington’s higher-education funding any more

Seattle Times, December 7, 2009 By Ronald R. Thomas, Rodolfo Arévalo and Charlie Earl H.G. Wells wrote in “The Outline of History” that “Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.” Washington’s leaders will make decisions that affect that race when the Legislature convenes in January. Despite severe economic challenges, colleges in Washington are doing a remarkable job of meeting …

Higher ed in Washington needs more support

Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle), Friday, July 24, 2009 by Todd Ruberg When the celebrations are over, our future leaders — today’s college and high school graduates — are going to wake up to some real challenges as they start out in the world. The season of college commencements and high school graduations is usually a time of joy and …

Private college: Still a bargain for some

Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle), Friday, May 15, 2009 by Rodney Proctor With each passing day, the economic crisis in America seems to add to its list of potential causalities — financial institutions, insurance companies, automakers, retailers, even homeowners. However, the biggest loss of all for many may be the loss of hope that they can attain their dream of …