CWUCWU NewsCWU Newshttps://www.cwu.edu/newsen-usNew Provost's Gallery Features Student's Distinctive Talenthttps://www.cwu.edu/node/38494Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:22:11<p><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/images/Christine%20Dunlap_0001-a.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 200px; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;">Provocative street scenes, surreal 19th-century damsels, and realistic renditions of natural objects line the walls of the new Provost Gallery in Barge Hall 302. CWU Art + Design student, Christine Dunlap has mounted the first exhibition, A<em> Brief Moment</em>, which will be on display through December 1. Dunlap was the recipient of the first Provost Purchase Award at last spring's student art exhibition. There will be an artist's reception at 5:00 p.m. on October 25.</p><p>The annual Provost's Award was created last year and awarded during the annual Juried Undergraduate Student Art Exhibition. Provost Katherine Frank selected Dunlap's piece, and it is now part of the university collection. Each year, a new student piece will be selected and added to the collection. The idea for the gallery arose from a collaboration between Provost Katherine Frank and Art + Design Chair Gregg Schlanger, and they organized the exhibit.</p><p>"The inspiration for the gallery is quite simple: I love being surrounded by art, and I love being able to celebrate student talent," Frank enthused. " I had the pleasure of meeting Christine when the piece was delivered to my office.&nbsp; Not only is Christine an incredibly talented artist, she is a thoughtful, insightful, and creative person.</p><p>Frank anticipates that each fall quarter, if work is available, the office will feature an exhibit by the winner of the Provost's Award. Frank has long been involved in supporting the arts. In her previous position as Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at Indiana University East, she expanded and renovated the major art gallery on the campus, renovated major art studios and opened a downtown gallery, studio, and classroom space.</p><p>"We plan to feature the work of other student artists during winter and spring/summer quarters, and hope that members of the Art Club will help curate the exhibits," she continued. "This gallery is intended to celebrate creativity, talent, and learning and to give our students the opportunity to promote their work. I am grateful for Gregg's support in this endeavor, and of course remain impressed by our art and design faculty who nurture student talent and learning on a daily basis at CWU."</p><p><em>A Brief Moment</em> showcases 16 pieces of Dunlap's work, an intriguing collection of both oil paintings and pen-and-ink drawings. A junior at CWU, Dunlap's work can be whimsical or subtly surreal. Her oil paintings have delicate otherworldly elements, such the modest bodice of a Victorian woman that at closer glance reveals it to be a birdcage.</p><p>"I like to work with themes of time in Victorian settings," Dunlap explained. "I like to find the story, the deeper meaning of the work."</p><p>Her pen-and-ink drawings—elegant feathers, birds, or kittens napping on pumpkins—are inspired by the natural world, which she attributes to her biology-student husband's influence. "One day I'd like to work with him to illustrate a book featuring animals and other things in nature."</p><p>A mom of two and a full time student, Dunlap enjoys the encouragement of her family to pursue her art career—"It's busy, but my kids are really excited about it. My son thinks I'm famous now!"</p><p>The event is free and open to the public. Parking in CWU lots is free after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except in specially designated spaces and in residence hall lots.</p><p><em>Photo: Christine Dunlap</em></p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu</p>Brooks Library to Unveil New Family Study Spacehttps://www.cwu.edu/node/38163Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:46:19<p>The James E. Brooks Library at Central Washington University is <img alt="Child reading a book" src="/sites/default/files/pictures/Child%20reading%20a%20book.png" style="width: 250px; height: 183px; float: right; margin: 3px;">hosting the grand opening of a new study space designed especially for CWU student-parents on Tuesday, October 24 at 5 p.m.</p><p>Enrolled students with young children are invited to use the new Family Study Space (FSS), when studying in the library. Located on the first floor in the southwest corner of the Academic and Research Commons, the FSS was designed specially for families.&nbsp;</p><p>In addition to child-friendly furniture, the space offers a selection of circulating children’s books, learning manipulatives, and creative play space. The room is intended for members of the CWU community (students, staff, and faculty), who are accompanied by children, and all children must be supervised at all times.</p><p>“It’s important that Central be welcoming to all its students and that students don’t see being a parent as a barrier—to not make their educational experience separate from their family, and to bring their kids here and let them be apart of their university experience,” said Ginny Blackson, interim associate dean of libraries.</p><p><iframe class="youtube-player" scrolling="no" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YRgFLsXo4PU?rel=0" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" height="390" frameborder="0" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Brooks Library developed the space in consultation with the CWU Center for Diversity and Social Justice and Early Childhood Education, and was funded in part by proceeds from the 2017 Evening at the Brooks Gala and Silent Auction.</p><p>All are invited to attend the Family Study Space grand opening at 5 p.m., just prior to the first Family Literacy Night of the quarter. There will be crafts for the kids and information about CWU parent support resources available.</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, CWU Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1484, Dawn.Alford@cwu.edu.</p>CWU Alert! Test Scheduled for Great Washington ShakeOut October 19 https://www.cwu.edu/node/38162Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:29:02<p><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/images/10-19-17%20shakeout.png" style="width: 200px; height: 167px; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px; float: left;">On 10:19 a.m. on October 19, the Central Washington University community, and thousands of other Washingtonians will “drop, cover, and hold on” in the Great Washington ShakeOut.</p><p>Major earthquakes can happen anywhere in Washington. The ShakeOut is a chance for residents to practice protecting themselves and to become prepared. The goal is to prevent a major earthquake from becoming a personal catastrophe. Why is a “drop, cover, and hold on” drill so important? People may only have seconds to protect themselves in an earthquake before strong shaking or falling objects incapacitate them.</p><p>Central will use the ShakeOut to test CWU Alert!, Central’s emergency alert system.<br>CWU Alert! combines the technologies of text messaging, e-mail, and telephone messages to be sent instantly to campus community subscribers whenever there is a campus emergency. CWU Alert! is immediately activated when an incident poses an imminent threat to the safety of the community.</p><p>The alert message is:<br>"This is a TEST of Central Washington University's emergency alert system. This is only a TEST. CWU is participating in the Great Washington Shakeout, an earthquake preparedness campaign. In the event of an actual earthquake you should drop, cover and hold. Drop to the ground, take cover by getting under a sturdy object and hold on until the shaking stops. If you are unable to drop, cover and hold, get as low as possible and protect your head and neck and move away from windows or other items that can fall on you.&nbsp; If necessary the SURC is designated as the primary reunification area.&nbsp; If the SURC is not usable the reunification area will be identified at that time.&nbsp; For more information visit www.shakeout.org. This ends our test message."</p><p>The Great Washington ShakeOut: http://www.shakeout.org/washington/<br>CWU Alert!: http://www.cwu.edu/alert/faqs.html</p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, valeriec@cwu.edu<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br></br>Challenger astronaut serves as inspiration for CWU studentshttps://www.cwu.edu/node/38161Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:07:52<p><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/images/mcnair%20scholars.png" style="width: 200px; height: 178px; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: left;">More than 31 years after the space shuttle Challenger disaster, the influence of an astronaut aboard that ill-fated mission is still being felt today.</p><p>His life is the inspiration for a scholarship program that helps students across the country, including Central Washington University students.<br>&nbsp;</p><p>Read more of this story at <a href="http://www.nbcrightnow.com/story/36621023/challenger-astronaut-serves-as-inspiration-for-cwu-students">KNDO-TV</a>.</p></br>Lt. Governor Habib to visit CWU, speak at Pave the Way Conference https://www.cwu.edu/node/37995Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:08:28<p><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/Pave%20the%20Way%202017.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 180px; float: right; margin: 3px;">As many as 400 educators, policymakers, and education advocates from across the state will visit CWU for the <a href="http://www.wsac.wa.gov/pavetheway" target="_blank">2017 Pave the Way</a> conference. The event, on Thursday, Oct. 19, in the Student Union and Recreation Center, is designed around the themes of advancing equity, increasing college readiness, and broadening access to higher education in Washington.</p><p>“What I will be there to talk about is making sure that we find ways to create a college-going culture in our state, which is really a need,” said <a href="http://www.ltgov.wa.gov/" target="_blank">Washington State Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib</a>, noting that increasing higher-education access is among his top priorities. “Dual credit, Running Start, College in the High School, there are many programs like that, which ease the transition and create an on-ramp from high school to college. There is also a lot of need around adults, those who are working but need stackable credentials in order to move up and advance.”&nbsp;</p><p>During the conference, sponsored by the <a href="http://www.wsac.wa.gov/" target="_blank">Washington Student Achievement Council,</a> policies and strategies for educational success among underrepresented and underserved students will be shared, along with ways to promote meaningful professional development, and encourage educators and other advocates to get involved in developing and implementing statewide goals.</p><p>“I’ve noticed a disappointing trend that exists in both of our political parties,” Habib added. “There’s a certain sentence that we hear a lot: ‘College isn’t for everybody.’ I take objection to that. Because the person saying that is always talking about somebody else’s kids. I take the position that everyone, regardless of where they are from, deserves the opportunity to go to college.”</p><p>Habib, a survivor of a rare childhood cancer which left him completely blind, will meet with the leadership of Central’s Disabilities Services Programs, which works to make college more fully accessible to students with disabilities.&nbsp;</p><p>“Our consultants meet individually with students to ensure that those with disabilities have equal access and an equal chance for success in their classes and their lives on campus,” said Wendy Holden, CWU’s Director of <a href="https://www.cwu.edu/disability-support/home" target="_blank">Disability Services</a>, who will also attend the conference. “We serve as a resource for departments all across campus through providing individual support, and trainings, and presentations.”</p><p>Habib noted, “I took community college classes while I was in high school because, as a kid with a disability, my high school wasn’t the best place for me to learn math and science. They didn’t have the resources to accommodate me.”</p><p>CWU Disability Services, through its <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/central-access/" target="_blank">Central Access</a> program, specializes in producing accessible science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) content for blind students.</p><p>Holden added, “It’s difficult to produce accessible math and science materials, so this is generally what other schools outsource to us. Central Access creates high-quality tactile graphics, raised line images that convey complex diagrams, maps or illustrations.&nbsp; We’re looking forward to the chance to share our work with the lieutenant governor.”&nbsp;</p><p>Central Access provides accessible media to institutions across the nation, ranging from technical schools and two-year colleges to Ivy League universities.</p><p>It has developed resources including the <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/central-access/reader" target="_blank">Central Access Reader</a>, a free text-to-speech program that can be used by sighted students or by alternative-format producers to create computer code that can be accessed by screen reader users; and the Central Access Toolbar, a free word-processing plugin that combines a series of macros with specialized formatting tools to simplify the process of creating accessible textbooks.</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1487, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu.</p>CWU targets abandoned bicycles on campushttps://www.cwu.edu/node/37994Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:28:17<p><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/Bicicleta_abandonada.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 150px; margin: 3px; float: right;">Central Washington University’s police department wants to remind students that bicycles, or any other objects, that appear to be abandoned on university premises will be impounded.</p><p>Jason Berthon-Koch, CWU’s interim police chief, said his department has long had a practice of picking up abandoned property and holding it in an impound area. He said this year’s campus sweep, during which his officers will collect any bicycles or other discarded items, will be in late June, following the end of the current academic year.</p><p>“Our main focus is to remove bicycles that have been abandoned for some time,” Berthon-Koch said. “They’re not only an eyesore but can be hazards. After we pick them up, we place them in an impound area where they can be reclaimed by the owners.”</p><p>He said bicycles are the most common abandoned property. Often, after the owner gets a flat tire or experience some other mechanical problem, the bicycle will be chained to a bike rake and either forgotten or abandoned by the owner.</p><p>Berthon-Koch said the university generally impounds the bicycle for 60 days, as required by state law. If the property is not claimed by then, it will be transferred to university surplus, where it will be sold. Students who want to claim an abandoned bicycle can call or visit the CWU police department and describe their property in order to obtain its release.</p><p>CWU Public Safety and Police Services is located at 1211 Wildcat Way. The telephone number is 509-963-2959.</p><p>Media contact: Richard Moreno, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-2714, Richard.Moreno@cwu.edu.</p>CWU’s PULSE Magazine Earns Five National Award Nominations from the Associated Collegiate Presshttps://www.cwu.edu/node/37828Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:35:30<p><img style="margin: 3px; width: 200px; height: 294px; float: right;" alt="PULSE Magazine Cover" src="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/pictures/COVER.jpg">PULSE, the student-run lifestyle magazine of Central Washington University’s Digital Journalism program, has received five national award nominations from the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) organization.</p><p>The nominations encompass a range of categories including for the magazine’s in-depth reporting and writing (Reporter of the Year and Sports Story) as well as for its designs and illustrations (Cover Design, Magazine Spread and Illustration).</p><p>PULSE creative director, senior Vanessa Cruz, designed both the nominated spread, for a <a href="https://issuu.com/cwupulse/docs/winter_2017_issue_one/42" target="_blank">Winter Lookbook </a>fashion shoot, and the nominated cover for the fall 2016 issue featuring a story on the <a href="https://issuu.com/cwupulse/docs/fall_2016_issue_2" target="_blank">Black Lives Matter</a> movement. Both were photographed by senior Jack Lambert.</p><p>The nominated illustration by student Maddie Bush features hand-drawn images to accompany two recipes for <a href="https://issuu.com/cwupulse/docs/spring_17_issue_2/52" target="_blank">Summer Drinks</a>.</p><p>“It's great to be part of such a talented team of graphic designers,” said Cruz. “PULSE gives us valuable experiences that we don't get in other classes.”</p><p>Student Megan Schrenk’s spring 2017 article about a woman who suffered a potentially fatal accident while hiking in a remote area, “<a href="https://issuu.com/cwupulse/docs/spring_17_issue_2/38" target="_blank">Injured &amp; Alone</a>,” was nominated for Sports Story of the Year.</p><p>When she found out about the nomination, Schrenk said, “I was honestly left speechless and a little confused. How could my story be one of ten in the nation to be nominated? It proved to me that if you do what you love, your work will be recognized.”</p><p>Finally, former PULSE editor-in-chief Nicole Trejo-Valli was nominated as Reporter of the Year for her work on three wide-ranging feature stories. They include an investigation into <a href="https://issuu.com/cwupulse/docs/fall_2016_issue_2/30" target="_blank">Sexual Assault </a>on campus, co-written with Simone Corbett and Bailee Wicks and published in fall 2016; a cover story on “<a href="https://issuu.com/cwupulse/docs/winter_2017_issue_two/32" target="_blank">Veterans and the Brotherhood of War</a>,” published last winter; and a look at “<a href="https://issuu.com/cwupulse/docs/spring_17_issue_one/20" target="_blank">Female Solo Travelers</a>” printed last spring.</p><p>The Sexual Assault story also recently won a national Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists in the Non-Fiction Magazine Article category.</p><p>"I started PULSE as a contributor and ended as the editor-in-chief,” said Trejo-Valli, who graduated last spring. “In those two years, I learned so much about print and online publications and about the way a story can affect others, and I found a profession that brings me pure joy.”</p><p>According to current PULSE editor-in-chief Lexi Phillips, “So much goes into making a good magazine and we do it not for recognition or money, but because we care, and because we want to share stories. To be recognized for that in such a big way not only feels great on a personal level but also validates the importance of sharing these stories and getting them to as many people as we can.”</p><p>That includes getting stories out via as many platforms as possible, including a revamped <a href="http://www.cwupulsemagazine.com/" target="_blank">website</a> and regular <a href="http://www.cwupulsemagazine.com/pulseradio/" target="_blank">podcasts</a>, both of which received professional recognition on a regional level this year.</p><p><a href="http://www.cwu.edu/programs/communication#3474" target="_blank">The Digital Journalism program</a> will send 12 students from PULSE and The Observer newspaper to the national ACP conference in Dallas later this month.</p><p>For more information about PULSE magazine, contact faculty adviser Jennifer Green at Jennifer.Green@cwu.edu, 509-963-3216.</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, CWU Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1484, Dawn.Alford@cwu.edu.</p>Open House set for Saturday at CWU-Sammamishhttps://www.cwu.edu/node/37332Fri, 13 Oct 2017 12:49:11<p><img alt="Sammamish Mayor Bob Keller, Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib, and CWU President James L. Gaudino " src="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/818A9094.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 285px; margin: 3px; float: right;">A public open house scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 14, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the newly opened CWU-Sammamish instructional location (120 228th Ave NE in Sammamish). The first 100 people to attend will receive complementary CWU swag.</p><p>The new educational site, the first to offer higher educational opportunities on the Sammamish plateau, is designed to help address access, which is considered to be one of the challenges facing Washington’s higher education system.</p><p>The state’s <a href="https://youtu.be/VfGmfnF5DgA" target="_blank">Lieutenant Governor, Cyrus Habib</a>, lists others as revolving around affordability and flexibility. Those are issues that he referred to as objections to his belief that college should be for everybody.&nbsp;</p><p>“When I respond to those objections, the institution that I find myself citing more and more is President [James L.] Gaudino’s Central Washington University,” Habib said. “Because on every one of those scores I just described, every one of the obstacles, all that friction in the system, President Gaudino and this institution has placed themselves centrally in solving.”</p><p>Habib made his remarks at <a href="https://youtu.be/xb0uN_-OYUY" target="_blank">Thursday’s official opening of CWU-Sammamish</a>. The facility is the first to offer higher education opportunities in that part of the state.</p><p>While Washington is among the most educated states in the nation. At the same time, it also ranks among those with the lowest college attendance rates. That means that educated workers are having to be imported to Washington from elsewhere.</p><p>“We have 750,000—just listen to this number—750,000 Washingtonians have some college, but no credential,” Habib added. “Isn’t that crazy? Over one out 10 of us. They’re [CWU] addressing that by allowing people to come back and take those courses to top themselves off and get to that credential.”</p><p>Habib went on to applaud CWU for making the state’s higher education system not only more accessible, but more convenient, customer-service oriented, dynamic, friendly, and serving all parts of the state.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>CWU-Sammamish is a partnership between the City of Sammamish and CWU to provide higher education opportunities and classes based on community and workforce demand closer to where students live.</p><p>Gaudino pointed out that, “The lieutenant governor is absolutely correct, this state needs degree-finishing programs. It needs a college-going culture. We have to educate our own. That’s what Central’s mission really is.”&nbsp;</p><p>CWU-Sammamish joins six existing University Centers, which include Des Moines, Lynnwood, Pierce County, Moses Lake, Wenatchee, and Yakima. Central is also one of just four Washington higher education institutions, and seven total, authorized to provide instruction directly at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.</p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1487, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu</p><p><strong>Photo: </strong>(L. to R.) Sammamish Mayor Bob Keller, Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib, and CWU President James L. Gaudino at the official CWU-Sammamish ribbon-cutting event on Thursday, Oct. 12.</p>Ribbon-Cutting Officially Launches New CWU-Sammamish https://www.cwu.edu/node/37166Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:28:12<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/818A9090.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 236px; float: right;">"I take the position college is for everybody and Central Washington University is a college that is for everybody."</p><p>That was what Washington state Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib told those who attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for CWU-Sammamish. Habib added that the new instructional site fits perfectly with his commitment to seeing the creation of a college-going culture in Washington.&nbsp;</p><p>CWU President James L. Gaudino presided at the event and was joined by Sammamish City Manager Lyman Howard, and Sammamish Mayor Bob Keller.</p><p>CWU-Sammamish is a partnership involving CWU and the City of Sammamish, in a learning facility where general education undergraduate classes--which qualify for Running Start requirements--are now available to the public, along with other higher education programs.</p><p>Central also will conduct Continuing Education programs at CWU-Sammamish. These programs provide lifelong learning opportunities, education, and training for all ages and meet the needs of those wanting to enhance their professional skillset or explore a personal interest.</p><p>Additionally, CWU-Sammamish is hosting a Thursday evening Fall Speaker Series featuring university faculty.&nbsp;</p><p>In April 2017, CWU signed a three-year agreement with the City of Sammamish to begin offering educational programs. CWU-Sammamish is located within a few miles of four high schools (Skyline High School, Eastlake High School, Tesla STEM High School, and Eastside Catholic High School).</p><p>The new CWU-Sammamish facility encompasses 31,000 square-feet on a 22-4-acre site. It complements CWU’s existing extended learning programs at six existing University Centers, which include Lynnwood, Des Moines, Pierce County, Moses Lake, Wenatchee, and Yakima, as well as at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.</p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, CWU Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1487, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu.</p><p><strong>Photo:</strong>&nbsp;(L. to R.) CWU Associate Provost for Extended Learning and Outreach Gayla Stoner, Sammamish Mayor Bob Keller, Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib, CWU President James L. Gaudino, CWU Executive Director of Extended Learning Melanie Palm, and CWU-Sammamish Site Director Elyane Harney conduct the official CWU-Sammamish ribbon cutting</p>Freshmen enrollment record growth continues at CWUhttps://www.cwu.edu/node/37165Thu, 12 Oct 2017 08:38:25<p><img alt="" src="https://www.cwu.edu/sites/default/files/CWU%20medallion%20cmyk%20copy.jpg" style="width: 180px; height: 180px; margin: 3px; float: right;">Central Washington University is reporting a 12 percent increase in its freshmen class—the third straight year the school has seen double-digit enrollment increases in its freshman students.</p><p>Central has 2,131 freshmen taking classes full- or part-time in Ellensburg, at a University Center, or online. That number tops last year’s mark of 1,908 and follows 15 and 21 percent increases of the previous two entering classes.</p><p>“Our continuing freshman growth simply shows that more students now agree with what we know and have said for years: that CWU offers one of the best and most affordable undergraduate experiences in the West,” said CWU President James L. Gaudino.<br>&nbsp;<br>For 2017, about 91 percent of first-year students are from Washington. Overall, a total of 12,208 students—also a record—are taking CWU classes during the 2017-18 academic year, which is 178 students above the previous mark set in 2015.</p><p>Students of color total 35 percent of the first-year class. Hispanic students were the largest single ethnic group at approximately 16 percent. Growth among students of color has increased by 66 percent since 2013, with Hispanic, African American, and multiracial ethnic groups having recorded the most increases throughout the past four years.</p><p>“CWU is now the most diverse comprehensive public university in the state and we’re working hard to make it the most welcoming institution as well,” Gaudino said. “We strive to have a campus environment that celebrates our differences and reinforces the values of mutual respect and acceptance.”</p><p>Recently, CWU was the only university in Washington state to receive the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from&nbsp;INSIGHT Into Diversity&nbsp;magazine. The award recognizes the demonstration of outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. CWU has earned this recognition three times in the last four years.</p><p>Base tuition is just above $6,000 annually for resident undergraduates. CWU has been ranked first in the state for value to graduates by&nbsp;The Economist&nbsp;magazine. Additionally, the “Educate to Career College Ranking Index” (ETC) named CWU top in the state for improving employability and earnings of graduates.</p><p>Along with its Ellensburg campus, CWU opened its CWU-Sammamish instructional site in September, augmenting six University Centers across Washington. Central is one of just seven higher education institutions from across the nation allowed to provide instruction directly at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.<br>&nbsp;<br>CWU is also among the state’s top providers of online degree programs, with 1,524 enrolled students this year.<br>&nbsp;<br>Media contact: Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,&nbsp;Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu.</p></br></br></br></br></br></br>