WSU is advancing Washington industries …
WSU teams with aviation to develop sustainable aviation biofuels …
WSU partners to develop bioproducts that reduce dependence on petroleum imports …
WSU works with state commodity commissions to conduct needed agricultural research …
WSU developed the technology used for wood-plastic composites used for buildings …
WSU researchers work to improve dairy productivity and reduce disease …
WSU research has made Washington one of the world’s most productive wheat-growing regions …

"Take Five" for WSU and higher education

Seven Days of Cougar Pride – keep the momentum going in the right direction

Cougar Pride sculpture

The last seven days add up to one of those weeks that make us immensely proud to be a Coug and part of a citizen advocacy effort in support of Washington State University.

First, kudos to all of you who follow us and use the interactive tools at WSU Impact to learn more about issues important to our University and lend your voice in the legislative process.

Thank you. WSU Impact is design just for you and all loyal friends and supporters so you have the resources to make Cougar Nation a force for good in Olympia.

Your efforts have made a difference.

Last Wednesday, March 25 the legislature passed the bill that will allow WSU to seek accreditation for adding medical education to the already impressive array of degree options in medical science including nursing and pharmacy. The WSU Spokane Health Sciences campus is fully engaged in the accreditation process, and thoughtful deliberation continues in the legislature to fund a second publicly funded medical school in our state.

Washington State University President Elson Floyd, center, meets with lawmakers following the passage of a bill that opens the door for the college to open a medical school in Spokane, Wash., on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Olympia, Wash. The bill eliminates a restriction dating from 1917 that gives the University of Washington in Seattle the exclusive right to operate a public medical school in the state. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

Washington State University President Elson Floyd, center, meets with lawmakers following the passage of a bill that opens the door for the college to open a medical school in Spokane, Wash., on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Olympia, Wash. The bill eliminates a restriction dating from 1917 that gives the University of Washington in Seattle the exclusive right to operate a public medical school in the state. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

For those who are interested in the Northwest-wide coverage of the passage of the legislation, here are an array of news stories to read:

The Spokesman-Review
AP Coverage (picked up by several news sources)
The Seattle Times

We also want to be sure you have access to the report released on Wednesday, March 25 that outlines the economic reach and impact of WSU. We have posted the full report on your personal homepage for WSU Impact members, and can be accessed here, located on your Grassroots Resources tab.

According to the report, WSU delivered $18.87 in economic impact for every state dollar invested in the institution. Washington’s premiere land-grant research university reported nearly $2 billion in research grant expenditures between the fiscal years 2008 and 2013, with more than $341 million in research grant expenditures in fiscal 2014 alone.

The report, prepared for WSU by Community Attributes Inc., also speaks to the reach of WSU research and education. WSU has a working presence in each of Washington’s 39 counties through WSU Extension and has four major research centers located in Puyallup, Mount Vernon, Prosser, and Wenatchee.

And, of course, WSU features campuses in Pullman, Tri Cities, and Vancouver as well as the WSU Health Sciences in Spokane and a growing presence at WSU North Puget Sound at Everett and as manager of the Everett University Center. WSU’s Global Campus offers online degree programs that can be accessed from anywhere.

We particularly enjoyed this quote about the report from this morning’s Columbian:

Critics might quibble with the exact numbers, but a new report points out the power of higher education. According to Washington State University’s Office of Economic Development, the school last year generated more than $3.4 billion in economic impact throughout the state. The study also determined that WSU — which includes a satellite campus in Vancouver — delivered $18.87 in economic impact for every state dollar invested in the school.

Determining an exact number regarding the economic impact is an inexact science, but the results highlight an indisputable truth: Support for higher education is an investment in Washington’s economy and in the state’s future.

WSU Impact makes it easy for you to share this kind of information with your three legislators. Just log on using either the Members Enter Here or Register Here buttons on our www.wsuimpact.org home page. Please follow our step-x-step guide to learn how easy, seamless, and effective it is to be a WSU Impact advocate by clicking here, and go ahead – craft your own message and with one click, start a conversation with your lawmakers. They love to hear from you!

 

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