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Ph.D numbers up 9.5 percent
October 15, 2007

Howard Grimes, dean of the Graduate School, set a goal of a 5 percent increase in graduate enrollment for this semester and, if you look at the numbers he is most concerned about, WSU nearly doubled that goal.

“I’m very happy with these numbers,” he said, showing a graph of new doctoral student enrollments that have increased from 178 in 2005 to 247 in 2007. The increase from 2006 to 2007 was 21 students, or 9.5 percent.

“Kudos for everybody,” he said. “We’re being successful here and we need to understand that and value that.”

Total graduate enrollment increased only 0.3 percent systemwide, and 3.8 … » More …

WSU Vancouver prepares for commencement
April 12, 2007

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington State University Vancouver will honor the 740 members of the class of 2007 at the annual commencement ceremony, May 12 at 1 p.m. at The Amphitheater at Clark County in Vancouver. This eighteenth class from WSU Vancouver is the largest ever, with 590 undergraduates and 150 graduate students. The guest speak will be V. Lane Rawlins, President of Washington State University, scheduled to retire in June. The ceremony is expected to last approximately 90 to 120 minutes long, in the outdoor setting of the Amphitheater. Tickets are not required. Rehearsal is planned for 3 p.m., May 11, also at the Amphitheater … » More …

Graduate Women in Science host wine event
March 20, 2007

Dr. Carolyn Ross, Food Sciences & Human Nutrition, will demonstrate her research — sensory analysis techniques to identify and describe changes in flavor and odor profiles of red wines-on March 30.  Participants will receive an introduction to the sensory analysis of wines, and then taste “standards” prepared from Livingstone wine by Dr. Ross.  Participants will then try using the sensory analysis techniques on different local red wines.  The event, which is hosted by Graduate Women in Science, will take place in the living area at the K House from 6 – 8 pm on Friday March 30.  Event attendance is limited to 50 persons. RSVP … » More …

Preparing teaching assistants to teach
February 21, 2007

Preparing graduate students to be successful teaching assistants involves more than giving them a textbook and a sample syllabus.Yet sometimes that’s all they get. It’s the sink or swim mentality.This fall, the Graduate School created a lifeline — not only for floundering students, but for anyone looking for more effective teaching methods. The website, ONLINE @, is full of information, from how to set a positive tone on the first day of class to strategies for teaching a large group. The site includes links to WSU’s Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT), as well as other useful sites created by leading universities. … » More …

In pursuit of Ph.Ds
September 1, 2006

Much has changed at WSU since 1990, including impressive new buildings for teaching and research, burgeoning centers for collaborative research, a new president and provost, and an ambitious strategic plan for the future.But one thing hasn’t changed: WSU produces about the same number of Ph.Ds today as it did 15 years ago, about 160 each year.Total enrollment at WSU has increased more than 25 percent in the past 15 years, but the percentage of graduate students to undergraduates has shrunk to about 11 percent, putting WSU dead last among its peer institutions. Creating critical massWhile quantity doesn’t always equal quality, there is a critical mass … » More …

Ready for the big leagues?
September 1, 2006

In what league does WSU want to play?Basically, that’s the question, said Orlando Taylor, dean of the Graduate School and vice provost for research at Howard University. Taylor, who was invited to co-chair WSU’s Graduate Education Commission last year, said WSU is a good institution with the potential to be great — if it can marshal its resources and use them well.“If you’re going to compete with the great land-grant universities, it will be necessary to make certain strategic choices,” he said. “You can get there.”Funding priorities, curricular changes and hiring criteria all need to be examined with an eye toward improving graduate education, he … » More …

Engineering graduate numbers could be drastically different
June 13, 2006

Pop quiz: What is the significance of 600,000, 350,000 and 70,000?As anyone who has attended one of the many recent Congressional hearings on American science education or economic competitiveness knows, those are the numbers of engineers who graduated last year from institutions of higher education in China, India and the United States, respectively.But these numbers are no longer embraced by the National Academies.For the full story, click on the following link to Inside Higher Ed at

It’s a good year to graduate in pharmacy
May 8, 2006

Marc Murdock, who graduates this month from the College of Pharmacy, will segue directly into his dream job.“I was offered five jobs, plus there were a couple every week that I was urged to apply for. I was able to get what I wanted: work in a retail pharmacy setting in Yakima, where I am from,” he said. “The same happened to all of us. Everyone in my class is guaranteed a job. The shortage of pharmacists is the truth.”Professional and governmental studies agree that there is a serious shortage of pharmacists nationwide. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that an additional 60,000 pharmacists … » More …

First Hmong-American to be awarded WSU doctoral degree
April 28, 2006

Ger Moua, a 1992 Mead High School graduate, will be awarded a WSU’s doctor of philosophy degree in counseling psychology on May 6. University officials said that WSU records show that Moua is the first Hmong-American student to be awarded a doctorate degree from WSU.Moua was born in Vientiane, Laos, and is the youngest of 11 children. He and his family arrived to the United States in 1978, when he was four years old. In 1990, Moua moved to Spokane and after graduating with honors from high school received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Gonzaga University and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from … » More …

Graduate future demands culture change
February 17, 2006

The Graduate Education Commission, after a year of gathering and analyzing data, has completed its assignment, emerging with a proposed 10-year road map that could dramatically “change the future of the university.” Its recommendations, if enacted, are intended to move the graduate program “out of the 20th century” and position the university as an educational leader both nationally and among its peers. The 26-member “blue ribbon” commission — comprised of 19 faculty, six ex officio members from all colleges and most campuses, and one external member — put its stamp of approval on the 33-page proposal on Friday, Feb. 10. The report addresses everything from … » More …