Higher Education

Higher Education

Guest Opinion: Part-time faculty at community colleges need rights

Many people are aware of the student loan debt on par with home equity loans and credit card debt as a fiscal challenge of national…

The Smartypants Guide to February’s Civic Cocktail: WSU, higher education and the state budget

Facing billions of dollars in needs for education and other programs, how is the state Legislature supposed to write a budget this year? And, with…

Energy’s Holy Grail? You can find it at Redmond’s Helion Energy

The glass ampule of water is the length of your little finger, only narrower. That single gram of deuterium-laced water has the potential to create…

Partner Voices: Washington State University is closer than you think

Jennifer Johnson Hernandez wants to be a mechanical engineer. She also wants to live in the area and stay close to her family. As a…

Education of Washington’s students should come before corporate welfare

On Wednesday, the Washington State Supreme Court will face off with the Legislature over fully funding public education under the 2012 McCleary decision. As the…

Student Voices: Speaking out on the issues they care most about

Statistics tell us that today's job market is tough for 20-somethings, unless they happen to be code cowgirls (or boys). As part of our ongoing…

Student Voices: Speaking out on the issues important to them

We like students. We appreciate their energy and idealism. We value their opinion and unique point of view. We look forward to the integral role…

Calling all students: We want to publish you!

Are you a student in the Pacific Northwest? We want to pick your brain. Crosscut is launching a new project called the Student Voice, because…

New Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole faces a big to-do list

Boosting officer morale, building community trust, reducing crime. These are a few of the challenging issues that elected officials and others familiar with city law…

Frightening scene at Seattle Pacific University as shooting claims at least 1 life

Updated at 9:21 a.m. A shooter walked into a building at Seattle Pacific University on Thursday afternoon and opened fire with a shotgun, taking the life…

UW rejects resolution to divest from Israel: Now what?

The global movement to boycott, divest and sanction Israel suffered a resounding setback this week in Seattle when the University of Washington's student senate rejected…

How a “game-changing” gift is supercharging UW research

As a top research institution, the University of Washington netted nearly $1.5 billion in federal funds last year to support its discovery efforts. So when…

Seattle career bootcamp adds job skills to those liberal arts degrees

One Monday afternoon in early March, a group of about a dozen college students gathered in an office space in lower Queen Anne. The mix…

Seattle’s colleges: What’s with dropping the ‘community’?

The Seattle Community College District Board of Trustees unanimously voted last month to drop “Community” from the name of the district and its three colleges.…

Western Washington University: The surprising new right-wing target

Northern California in the late 20th century wasn’t a nesting ground for diversity. In fact, most people in the all-white neighborhood Bruce Shepard grew up…

Inslee protects research fund from legislative ax

Washington's Life Sciences Discovery Fund remains intact for another year.  Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday vetoed a section in the Legislature's 2014-2015 supplemental operating budget…

College sports: Fish or cut bait with student athletes

"As far as I am concerned, all of college football should go to an Ivy League model in which ordinary students compete, recruiting madness is…

Bellevue College’s growth boom: Too big for its britches?

In 2009, Bellevue Community College officially became Bellevue College. What seemed a minor name change at the time actually began a lengthy reinvention as a…

An Oregon cave: Home for our first Northwest communities?

Shallow caves gape in gray rock like eyeholes in a mask. A whiff of sage rises from the scree below. Except for the wind blowing…

The Smartypants Guide to April’s Civic Cocktail

As the University of Washington goes, so goes the Puget Sound economy to a large degree. So, how is the UW doing in terms of…

UW prof discovers the cutting edge in green living

In a world of dwindling natural resources and mounting environmental crisis, who is devising ways of living that will work for the long haul? And…

UW, science and the slow recognition of our Neanderthal heritage

I may have Neanderthal hair. Unless you're African, you may, too. Or not; let's just say many of the genetic sequences that determine what kind…

Legislature should let community college faculty manage their own affairs

If you or someone you know has taken a class at one of Washington’s community and technical colleges, there is a 50-50 chance that the instructor…

State Legislature approves DREAM Act for immigrants’ children

The DREAM Act. The Real Hope Act. By any name, it's a winner with the state Legislature. The Washington House passed a Senate version of…

State should give part-time community college faculty a fair deal

Although much attention has been paid to providing a living wage for unskilled workers, no one has asked if skilled workers should also be provided with a living wage. …