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Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard said "this was hate speech."
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Western Washington University canceled classes Tuesday after hate speech remarks popped up on social media and targeted students of color, school officials said.

University President Bruce Shepard told KUOW’s Bill Radke that the messages run "from simply the rude and ugly that you see trolls out there throwing around all the time to non-specific threats to specific threats.”

Tim Wolfe is not the first college administrator to come under fire for responding poorly to campus racism. And Wolfe, until this week the head of the University of Missouri System, isn't likely to be the last.

College presidents who have themselves been in crisis have learned there's a right way — and a wrong way — to respond.

TO: America's colleges and universities

FR: America's high school students

RE: Please make the college admissions process less daunting and more collaborative, creative, engaging and in tune with the Digital Age. Oh, and while you're at it, try to level the admissions playing field between rich and poor.

Christian Cultee, a student at the Northwest Indian College, with a rocket that broke the sound barrier.
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It started out as a joke. 

The students at Northwest Indian College on the Lummi Reservation near Bellingham were launching little rockets made from recycled water bottles as a way to do some hands-on science.

The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever

May 11, 2015

It's getting to be that time of the year when students wipe tears from watery eyes, exchange final goodbyes and throw their graduation caps into the sky. In other words, it's graduation season — and that also means the season of commencement speeches.

How many different flavors of jam do you need to be happy?

In 2000, a famous experiment showed that when people were presented with a supermarket sampler of 24 exotic fruit flavors, they were more attracted to the display. But, when the sample included only six flavors, they were 10 times more likely to actually buy.

No school wants to be on this list.

It was just released by the Department of Education. On it are the names of 556 colleges and universities that failed the department's "financial responsibility test."

Undersecretary of Education Ted Mitchell says that each school's finances are now being placed under a microscope because the government "had serious concerns about the financial integrity of the institution or its administrative capacity."

University Of Washington Ranked Best In The West For Value

Mar 9, 2015
University of Washington's Suzzallo Library.
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Kim Malcolm talks with Paul Glastris, editor-in-chief of the Washington Monthly, about the University of Washington topping the "best bang for the buck" list for Western schools in "The Other College Guide."

Ana Mari Cauce
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Ross Reynolds speaks with Ana Mari Cauce, the University of Washington's new interim president. Cauce has been at the University for 29 years and talks about what the board of regents instructed her to do in her interim role and how her training in psychology helps her.

All this week we've been talking about the importance of applying for financial aid, the difficulty of doing so and what can be done to make it simpler.

The head of Idaho's largest university said state support has lagged behind the surge in enrollment in recent years.

One of the most famous sights on the University of Washington Seattle campus is when the cherry trees bloom in the quad each spring.
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Marcie Sillman talks with University of Washington President Michael Young about the university's top priorities for the 2015 legislative session.

Seattle Central Community College.
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Marcie Sillman talks with Marty Brown about President Obama's plan to make two years of community college free to all students. Brown is executive director of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

Ross Reynolds speaks with University of Washington spokesman Norm Arkans about hazing allegations at one of the college's fraternities, Beta Thea Pi.

Reynolds also talks with Caitlin Flanagan, author of article "The Dark Power of Fraternities," about what happens when the national headquarters of a fraternity investigates one of its chapters.

Marcie Sillman talks with Inside Higher Ed reporter Colleen Flaherty about the push by the Service Employees International Union to unionize adjunct faculty members.