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Affordable learning grant applications due Feb. 15

By Nella Letizia, WSU Libraries

PULLMAN, Wash. – WSU faculty members interested in integrating open educational resources (OERs) and/or library-licensed resources into their courses are invited to apply for affordable learning grants of $1,000-$5,000 by Wednesday, Feb. 15. » More …

Washington home sales tumble

PULLMAN – The housing market in Washington looked a bit more like national reports during the closing months of 2007, according to statistics prepared by the Washington Center for Real Estate Research at WSU.

Homes sold during the quarter at an annual rate of 99,120 units statewide, a level 13.7 percent lower than the previous quarter and 25.6 percent below a year earlier.

“This was the first quarter with a seasonally adjusted annual sales rate below 100,000 units since the first quarter of 1998,” said Glenn Crellin, WCRER director.

When the entire year 2007 was summarized, a total of 120,760 resale housing transaction … » More …

Journal costs pose frustrating puzzle at WSU and worldwide

University faculty and students are finding it more difficult to access information they need because of the increasing costs, and subsequent campus cancellations, of subscriptions to scholarly journals. Though worldwide in scope, the problem is intimately known to individuals at WSU.“When we develop new courses or areas of scholarship, it is extremely difficult to get new journals in the relevant field,” said Paul Brians, professor of English at WSU. “For years WSU did not offer film courses, and subscriptions to most of the film journals were cut. Now we have a growing film studies program, but there are huge gaps in our holdings.“In the humanities, … » More …