higher education http://kplu.org en Adjunct Faculty At Seattle U Seeks To Unionize http://kplu.org/post/adjunct-faculty-seattle-u-seeks-unionize <p>The local chapter of the Service Employees International Union has filed a petition on behalf of adjunct faculty members at Seattle University.</p><p>The adjunct faculty members, which include part-time, temporary and other contingent instructors, want better teaching conditions, including higher pay.</p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 00:19:53 +0000 Florangela Davila 13898 at http://kplu.org Adjunct Faculty At Seattle U Seeks To Unionize Union Vote Begins for Some PLU Faculty Members http://kplu.org/post/union-vote-begins-some-plu-faculty-members <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Disclosure: Pacific Lutheran University holds the license for KPLU, where on-air staff are affiliated with SAG-AFTRA.</em></p><p>Faculty members at Pacific Lutheran University begin voting Thursday on whether to unionize. It’s the result of a monthslong fight that has pitted PLU’s lecturers, adjunct professors and other non-tenure track instructors against the administration.</p><p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 10064 at http://kplu.org Union Vote Begins for Some PLU Faculty Members Unionization push by PLU faculty could have national implications http://kplu.org/post/unionization-push-plu-faculty-could-have-national-implications <p></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Disclosure: Pacific Lutheran University holds the license for KPLU. KPLU’s programming staffers are the university’s only unionized employees.</em></p><p>Pacific Lutheran University is trying to fend off attempts by members of its faculty to unionize, and the outcome could have national implications.</p><p>The push is coming from “contingent faculty,” the non-tenure track professors, lecturers and instructors who teach about a third of PLU’s course credits. Those people get paid significantly less than regular faculty, and their employment status is much shakier.</p><p> Wed, 01 May 2013 01:23:33 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 8631 at http://kplu.org Unionization push by PLU faculty could have national implications Should in-demand college degrees cost more to earn? http://kplu.org/post/should-demand-college-degrees-cost-more-earn <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Should students earning in-demand degree pay more?</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That's the idea behind behind d</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ifferential tuition, which would allow colleges to raise the price of earning expensive, sought-after degrees like engineering and computer science. </span></p><p>Some local students are rallying against the idea and urging their schools<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;not to boost tuition to match their majors' demand.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7986 at http://kplu.org Should in-demand college degrees cost more to earn? Washington colleges top lists for most Peace Corps volunteers http://kplu.org/post/washington-colleges-top-lists-most-peace-corps-volunteers <p></p><p>Maybe it’s something in the water: Washington schools top the lists of large, medium and small colleges producing the most Peace Corps volunteers. It’s the first time one state has dominated all three categories of the Peace Corps’ list.</p><p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 01:24:53 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7740 at http://kplu.org Washington colleges top lists for most Peace Corps volunteers Washington's pot law stops at the edge of campus http://kplu.org/post/washingtons-pot-law-stops-edge-campus <p>In just a few days, smoking marijuana won’t be much different from drinking a glass of wine, as far as state law is concerned. But in what may be the place most associated with pot-smoking – the dorm room – it will still be banned.</p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 17:52:31 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7277 at http://kplu.org Washington's pot law stops at the edge of campus 4th WSU student falls from building http://kplu.org/post/4th-wsu-student-falls-building <p>PULLMAN, Wash. – A 19-year-old man is at least the fourth Washington State University student to fall out of a campus building this school year.</p><p>Police say alcohol likely played a role in three of the falls.</p><p>The latest incident occurred early Sunday morning, when a student who had been drinking fell from a fraternity house balcony. Griffin Healey was in a Spokane hospital with head injuries.</p> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 18:45:18 +0000 The Associated Press 7200 at http://kplu.org Enrollment up at Washington's universities despite economy http://kplu.org/post/enrollment-washingtons-universities-despite-economy <p></p><p>About a thousand more international students are hanging out on the University of Washington's Seattle campus this fall. But university officials say that doesn't mean they have cut back on the number of in-state students at the state's most selective public university.</p><p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 23:08:17 +0000 The Associated Press 6811 at http://kplu.org Seattle Central reaches out to military veterans http://kplu.org/post/seattle-central-reaches-out-military-veterans <p>Seattle Central Community College may be well known for Occupy Seattle protests and antiwar activism. But school officials are trying to make the campus more friendly to returning members of the military.</p><p> Thu, 24 May 2012 00:34:59 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 5082 at http://kplu.org Seattle Central reaches out to military veterans Washington students tops on SAT http://kplu.org/post/washington-students-tops-sat <p>Washington students appear to be acing one test, the SAT test.&nbsp;</p><p>Average scores were the highest in the nation among states where more than 50 percent of eligible students take the college-entrance exam. Wed, 14 Sep 2011 21:11:16 +0000 Paula Wissel 2629 at http://kplu.org Washington students tops on SAT How 9/11 changed one college student's path to adulthood http://kplu.org/post/how-911-changed-one-college-students-path-adulthood <p><em>&ldquo;There was such a shift from what I thought life was going to be, to what it turned out to be. That&rsquo;s where things really started for me.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s where I started growing up, I would say.&rdquo;</em></p><p>In early September of 2001, Kevin Finch moved from his childhood home in Puyallup, Wash., to the dorms at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) to start his freshman year in college. His plan was to finish in 4 years with a degree in something related to health care, an idea that began to unravel on just his second day of class.</p><p> Fri, 09 Sep 2011 15:30:06 +0000 Charla Bear 2575 at http://kplu.org How 9/11 changed one college student's path to adulthood Running Start students could face financial hurdle next year http://kplu.org/post/running-start-students-could-face-financial-hurdle-next-year <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-976403.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-976403.mp3</a></p><p>Some high school students are expected to ditch the state&rsquo;s popular Running Start program this fall.</p><p>The number of students who take advantage of the opportunity to earn college credit has grown every year since the program began in the early 90&rsquo;s, but that progress could be coming to a halt.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 06 Jul 2011 21:17:40 +0000 Charla Bear 2019 at http://kplu.org Pacific Lutheran University President Loren Anderson to retire http://kplu.org/post/pacific-lutheran-university-president-loren-anderson-retire <p>One of the longest serving college presidents in western Washington is stepping down.&nbsp; The President of Pacific Lutheran University plans to retire effective a year from now, June 1, 2012.</p><p>Loren Anderson made the announcement Tuesday afternoon&nbsp; to faculty and staff at the south Tacoma campus.&nbsp; Anderson has led Pacific Lutheran University for the past 20 years.&nbsp; (The university holds the broadcast license for KPLU-FM.)</p><p> Wed, 01 Jun 2011 00:06:07 +0000 Paula Wissel 1755 at http://kplu.org Pacific Lutheran University President Loren Anderson to retire Bellevue College president leaving to head online university http://kplu.org/post/bellevue-college-president-leaving-head-online-university <p>The longtime president of the state&#39;s largest community college is taking a new job as the Washington chancellor of a private, nonprofit online school. Mon, 23 May 2011 20:58:28 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU News Staff 1647 at http://kplu.org Bellevue College president leaving to head online university Wednesday morning's headlines http://kplu.org/post/wednesday-mornings-headlines-13 <p>Making headlines around the Northwest this morning:</p><ul><li><strong>Going Back to College Could Get More Expensive</strong></li><li><strong>Higher Ed Bills Drawing Fresh Faces to Olympia</strong></li><li><b>Arson Attempt at Olympia Police Station</b></li><li><strong>Sounders Drop MLS Opener</strong></li></ul><p>&nbsp;</p><p><b>Bill Would Hike Fees For College Returnees</b></p><p>If you plan to go back to college you could end up paying a lot more in tuition. A budget-saving proposal in Olympia would apply to people <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/home/index.html">who already have a degree</a> and then go for extra training at a community college, reports The Seattle Times&#39; Queenie&nbsp;Wong:</p><blockquote><p>SB5868 would require students with a bachelor&#39;s degree who attend a community or technical college to bear the entire cost of instruction - the price of regular tuition plus the share that the state pays.</p></blockquote><p>That means it could affect current university students who take extra time and credits to get their degree.&nbsp;&nbsp;State Senator Rodney Tom of Bellevue tells Wong that during a tight economy, government has to prioritize.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s important to help students attend college, he says, but not for extra training.</p><p> Wed, 16 Mar 2011 14:07:29 +0000 KPLU News Staff 1008 at http://kplu.org Wednesday morning's headlines