Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Online university gets Gates grant

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a $4.5 million grant to Western Governors University, the private, nonprofit online university aimed at working adults.
The funds will go toward development and outreach at three branches of the university, in Washington state, Indiana and Texas, as well to launch other state subsidiaries. The chancellor of the Washington branch, which was launched this year, is Jean Floten, the former president of Bellevue College.
The university, established in 1997, said it now has 25,000 students.

Seattle Times (8.30.11)

Western given $2.9M to study science teacher prep

The National Science Foundation has given Western Washington University $2.9 million to study the university's innovative program for training elementary science teachers.  More.