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EVERETT, Wash. – Jan. 10, 2020 – Washington State University Everett will launch a new Business Administration bachelor’s degree program this fall. Students may apply now at everett.wsu.edu and are encouraged to apply by the Jan. 31 priority deadline for WSU scholarships.

“The bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the WSU Carson College of Business is an incredibly strong tool to propel a student’s career in a diverse set of industries that are growing locally,” WSU Everett Chancellor Paul Pitre said. “Current students have been adapting impressively today so they are prepared for a career now and when we are beyond this pandemic. Today is the day to earn credentials that have proven to increase annual earnings and better protect careers during a recession.”

Employment and wage outcomes during the Great Recession consistently improved with each level of educational attainment. In 2019, weekly salaries for those with an associate’s degree were 19% higher than they were for those with only a high school diploma. Salaries were 67% higher for those with a bachelor’s degree. History is repeating itself. According to the Federal Reserve, 39% of those employed in February from households earning under $40,000 suffered a job loss in March while 63% of workers with at least a bachelor’s degree worked entirely from home.

“Offering the business administration bachelor’s degree on the WSU Everett campus moves the Carson College closer to our goal of becoming the first choice for undergraduate business education in the Pacific Northwest,” said Chip Hunter, college dean. “The Next Carson Coug undergraduate curriculum ensures students graduate with key skills in communication, teamwork, professionalism, ethics and career management that employers value.”

Business Administration becomes the eighth bachelor’s degree program in WSU Everett’s fleet. Others are Data Analytics, Electrical Engineering, Hospitality Business Management, Integrated Strategic Communication, Mechanical Engineering, Organic and Sustainable Agriculture, and Software Engineering. The Carson College of Business is among the two percent of business administration schools worldwide to achieve accreditation at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, which is the most respected business program accrediting entity.

“A key asset of our Everett campus is that students from all programs collaborate so frequently in group projects, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. It often inspires students to earn a minor in another program or double major,” Pitre said. “Adding a popular, contemporary and innovative bachelor’s degree program in Business Administration makes all our graduates more career ready and attractive to local employers.”

All WSU Everett bachelor’s degree programs are designed for transfer students, but even students currently at a community college or participating in Running Start or College in the High School are eligible to dual-enroll at WSU Everett, and programs are accessible to those who have some college experience but have not completed their degree. Contact WSU Everett admissions staff at everett.admission@wsu.edu or 425-405-1600 for individual advising.

The Business Administration bachelor’s degree is the most enrolled business program across the Washington State University system. Now it is available to students who want or need to stay closer to home in Everett.

EVERETT, Wash. – Dec. 19, 2020 – The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (FER) at the University of Zagreb and the Croatian Section of the global Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) invited a team of professors from Washington State University, Everett to present their research and host a workshop for students, professors and industry professionals in Europe this month.

The team was made up of:

  • Dr. Mark Beattie, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Hospitality Business Management,
  • Prof. Lucrezia Cuen Paxson, Clinical Assistant Professor, Edward E. Murrow College of Communication,
  • Dr. Jacob Murray, Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science,
  • Dr. Soobin Seo, Assistant Professor of hospitality business management at the WSU Everett.

It held the interactive session on Dec. 11 with 52 students, professors and professionals taking part virtually from the University of Zagreb and broadcast live across Europe via the IEEE live stream channel.

The team presented the development, design, and implementation of an interdisciplinary project-based learning approach at the WSU and its results. 

The project called SOAR (STEM-Oriented Alliance for Research) offers a transformative educational experience to students, merging coursework across three different academic disciplines.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education has been challenged by industries to incorporate business and communication experiences (and vice versa) that prepare students for the workplace.

Incorporating interdisciplinary project-based coursework provides experiential learning for students, a skillset that employers indicate as desirable.

The data obtained during the work on the SOAR project suggest that the collaboration in interdisciplinary project-based learning led to transformative learning, increased confidence, and cohesion among disciplines.

The workshop demonstrated how to make students engage their full creativity potentials and make learning more interesting and, ultimately, useful and applicable in the fast-changing economy and society. The presentation and workshop can be viewed here:

EVERETT, Wash. – Dec. 2, 2020 – Washington State University will hold Scholarships 101 Virtual Information Night for prospective college students interested in learning how scholarships can help them pay for college. The event will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Dec. 9 via Zoom. It is free and open to the public. The event is hosted by WSU Vancouver staff, but is appropriate no matter which college or university you plan to attend.

Attendees will learn where to find the best scholarships, how to write award-winning essays and how prior award winners succeeded.

Register at https://www.vancouver.wsu.edu/event/scholarships-101-virtual-information-night.

Email everett.admission@wsu.edu with any questions about your opportunities at WSU Everett.

Enrollment across the Washington State University system fell just 1.4% this fall, with record gains in WSU’s online Global Campus helping offset declines at three of the university’s five physical campuses during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Global Campus grew by 23.2% percent this fall, an increase of more than 750 students over last yearIt brings the online program, which has been in operation at WSU since 1992, to a record enrollment of 4,021 students.  

After systemwide enrollment growth each year since 2013, the current total of 31,159 students gives WSU essentially a stable enrollment level following the July decision to transition all physical campuses to distance learning models for the fall semester. 

“Despite the ongoing global pandemic, WSU has managed to retain the majority of its enrollment growth over the past five years and continues to offer a robust educational experience—predominantly at a distance this semester,” said WSU Provost and Executive Vice President Elizabeth Chilton. “We’ve encouraged students to continue on their path to obtaining a college degree, and it’s clear they are embracing that.” 

WSU Everett and WSU Health Sciences Spokane also saw enrollment increases compared to Fall 2019. Campuses in Pullman, Vancouver and Tri-Cities saw declines. 

Below are highlights from each campus.

WSU Everett

The WSU system’s newest campus continues to see its student population grow. This year’s 291 students tops last year’s total of 283 for WSU Everett, which serves transfer students typically transitioning from community colleges to continue their academic path to baccalaureate and graduate degree programs.

WSU Pullman

The WSU system’s largest campus saw enrollment dip 5.1% in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Enrollment this fall settled at 19,900 students with gains in minority and Washington resident representation. 

WSU Spokane

WSU Health Sciences Spokane led the way across the system with a 30.8% increase in new transfer students this fall. The number of students enrolled at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine increased from 198 students last fall to 289 this semester.  Overall enrollment grew from 1,685 to a campus record 1,727. 

WSU Vancouver

While overall undergraduate enrollment was flatWSU Vancouver welcomed a record 440 new freshmen this fall, up from 383 last year. Total campus enrollment, including graduate studentsdropped just 2.3% to 3,504The campus leads the system in firstgeneration enrollment, with nearly 45% of its students being the first in their families to attend college. 

WSU Tri-Cities

Enrollment fell 5.4% to 1,716 students but WSU Tri-Cities, the most diverse campus in the WSU system, saw the number of first-generation students climb to 42.5% and female students to 60% overall. Facing earlier projections of potentially deeper declines, the campus provided a series of academic resources and other assistance that aggressively engaged students and is credited with the better-than-expected outcome. 

WSU Global

The number of undergraduates, including former students who return to complete their WSU degrees, has increasedEnrollment in WSU Global’s business program alone increased by more than 50 percent, from 796 students to nearly 1,200.

Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine today announced that it has earned accreditation to launch its first residency program and is accepting applications immediately.

The WSU Internal Medicine Residency Program-Everett, based at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, is a three-year residency training program with a focus on primary care. Sixteen resident positions have been approved for the first year; 12 categorical and four preliminary positions will be welcomed in June 2021 with 12 more added each year over three years to cap at 40 total residency positions when fully supported.

“This is an extremely proud moment for the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine and is something we’ve been working toward since the day we started the college,” said Dr. John Tomkowiak, founding dean of the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. “More residency programs in Washington increases the likelihood that students will remain in our state to practice medicine, and we’re so excited to launch this program in time for our first graduating class of medical students to apply and potentially continue their training with WSU.”

Residency, also known as graduate medical education, is the three- to seven-year phase of medical education following graduation from medical school that prepares physicians for independent practice in a medical specialty. While about 43 percent of medical school graduates practice in the state where they graduate, that number increases to 70 percent when they complete both their medical education and their residency in the same state.

“We are thrilled to partner with the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine on this new program and welcome our first class of residents next summer,” said Dr. Jay Cook, chief medical officer at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. “The mission to train medical students to serve our rural and underserved communities and increase the likelihood they will remain right here in Washington is well aligned with our goals and we look forward to making a marked impact on both through this residency program.”

While residents of the WSU Internal Medicine Residency Program-Everett will primarily be based at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, they will have rotations with several area clinics and physician groups including The Everett Clinic, Snohomish Kidney Institute, North Sound Emergency Medicine, Western Washington Medical Group, and Providence Medical Group Northwest. Residents will divide their time between general medicine and subspecialty ward services, intensive care units, ambulatory care experiences, consultation rotations, emergency rooms and long-term care settings.

“This program offers a unique opportunity for residents to gain experience treating patients from a wide range of racial, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, as well as from the surrounding rural communities, which aligns with the college’s focus on serving Washington’s rural and underserved,” said Dr. Jonathan Espenschied, associate dean of graduate medical education and continuing medical education. “Providence Regional Medical Center Everett has been a terrific partner throughout this process and, as the primary clinical site for the residency program, it allows for the possibility to branch out into other rural and underserved areas in the region.”

Dr. Matthew Hansen, an internal medicine specialist treating patients in the Everett area for the past six years, will serve as the program director leading operations, recruitment and education for the residency program.

“I am honored to be WSU’s first residency program director and to use my expertise and passion for medical education to expand internal medicine training in Washington,” said Hansen. “Like the inaugural class at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, this first class of residents will get to help mold and shape this program for years to come, leaving a legacy for every future resident in this program.”

The program received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) after a rigorous two-year development process following the college’s initial ACGME accreditation as a sponsoring institution in 2018.

For more information about applying to the WSU Internal Medicine Residency Program-Everett or to learn more about the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, visit medicine.wsu.edu.

Washington State University’s Cougar license plate program set another annual record, generating more than $673,000 in scholarship support for WSU students during the 2019-20 fiscal year. This is the highest annual total raised by any specialty plate in the State of Washington.

The Cougar license plate has long been the number one specialty plate in the state, with nearly 23,000 crimson plates registered on the road today.

One hundred percent of the funds raised by the Cougar license plate program benefits scholarships for students across the WSU system, providing hundreds of students scholarship support each year.

“WSU alumni and friends love to show their Cougar spirit. The license plate program enables them to do that while also benefiting WSU students at the same time,” said Tim Pavish, executive director of the WSU Alumni Association, which is responsible for managing the Cougar license plate program. “The program has always been about helping students, and right now that assistance is especially important.”

Since 2007, when the WSU Alumni Association assumed responsibility for the WSU license plate program, the number of Cougar plates on the road has more than doubled, generating nearly $7.3 million in direct scholarship support for WSU students systemwide. Learn more about and sign up for the Cougar license plate program at alumni.wsu.edu/license.

EVERETT, Wash. – Aug, 5, 2020 – WSU Everett faculty members from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, the Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture and the Carson College of Business observed that several industries challenge Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education to incorporate business and communication experiences to prepare students for the workplace. These recommendations encouraged WSU Everett faculty to design this experiential learning project for students, as highlighted in their research, “STEM-Oriented Alliance for Research (SOAR) An educational model for interdisciplinary project-based learning.” The study was presented at the 127th ASEE Annual Conference in June.

“We don’t want our students just to keep up, we want them to lead,” said Lucrezia Paxson, co-author of the study and a career track (scholarly) assistant professor at WSU Everett’s Murrow College. “Project-based interdisciplinary learning builds student confidence, good communication and group cohesion.”

The interdisciplinary teams of communication, electrical engineering, and business students worked to find solutions to real industry challenges by collaborating with their multidisciplinary team for real-life clients, including Boeing and Fluke. Electrical engineering students designed product prototypes, business students produced marketing plans and sales pitches for the products, and communication students created videos and infographics for the final presentations to clients.

Teams participated in a semester-long project that combined instructor meet-up sessions, group projects outside of class, and individual assignments. Projects culminated in a presentation of a final product pitch to clients from the perspectives of engineering, communications and marketing.

“This initiative has been hard work for all involved. However, the cross-discipline learning and the intellectual dexterity it fosters in our students has been worth it,” Paxson said.

The WSU Everett team hopes that these project-based learning projects create cohesion among disciplines and give students the skills to be successful in professional settings. Their research also highlights both the challenges and benefits of working to bring real-world models into the classroom.

Greetings #EverCougs!

We are excited to get our academic momentum back this fall semester with remote-learning classes starting August 24!

Yes, this semester will be a little different. Those of you who are returning students know that remote learning is in our DNA at Washington State University Everett. This campus brings the very best of the WSU to Everett, and we have been using remote learning since we began our first mechanical engineering classes in 2012.

That said, I want you and your families to feel comfortable with the tools we have ready for you, and for you to understand all of the resources that are still available to you. From engagement with faculty and peers, to career advising, to the basics of WiFi hotspots and Chromebooks, and all of the software that goes with it, we are here. Students, please complete this survey to help us better understand the impacts this will have on your learning experience.

Together, we are going to have a Coug experience, and you will take critical steps toward the career you have been working so hard to achieve.

Please join me and senior staff from WSU Everett for a campus virtual town hall on Tuesday, August 11, at 11:00 a.m. via Zoom. I will personally answer your questions and share resources available to you. We’ll also discuss the rare exceptions available for in-person laboratories and the steps we are taking to keep everyone safe and healthy. The Zoom meeting information is in your email and was sent on July 31.

I also highly recommend taking advantage of four Tech Ready student and parent training sessions from WSU Academic Outreach and Innovation. Prepare for those sessions here. The dates and times of the YouTube sessions are:

  • Monday, August 3, 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 6, 1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 11, 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, August 14, 1:00 p.m.

See you soon on Zoom, and Go Cougs!

Paul Pitre, Chancellor
Washington State University Everett

 

(If you are a WSU Everett student and do not see the email sent Friday, July 31, please check your junk mail, then email randy.bolerjack@wsu.edu)

July 23, 2020

As Governor Jay Inslee and WSU President Kirk Schulz have shared, the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact all aspects of our lives.

President Schulz recently shared that Washington State University’s fall 2020 semester will be delivered remotely for undergraduate students, with extremely limited exceptions for in-person instruction.

Stay at home. We know this decision has immediate consequences for our students and their loved ones. We understand the many emotions this decision will cause.

Our faculty and staff are hard at work to provide every student with a high-quality, WSU Everett Coug experience, both in our academics and campus life, which reflect current recommendations and laws for protecting the health and safety of our community.

Nationally, institutions of higher education are forced to make similar, difficult decisions. Each day we see a new local K-12 school district make the same decision, which has a life-changing impact on our students, faculty and staff who care for young learners. These decisions have been made in response to significant increases in COVID-19 infections and COVID-19 related deaths.

We have seen what happens when this viral disease spreads without evidence of slowing. There is loss of human life. Inequitable health care systems have caused a disparate impact for Black, Latinx, lower-income, and rural communities. Our region has already seen a lack of care capacity when COVID-19 rates increase, and yes, there is potential for significant known and unknown long-term health consequences for people of all ages.

The health and safety of our Cougar community is central to our decision-making process, as a WSU system and as the WSU Everett campus. Students throughout the state have been asked to stay home if they are able.

I have spoken of the courage and strength of character that is core to the Cougar spirit. That courage and strength of character continues to be tested. Our world is changing. We are adapting, and we too are changing. Adaptation and change produce innovation.

Academics will continue and our faculty members are hard at work, preparing your fall semester courses. Several of our programs had already committed to distance-learning methods. Details of opportunities will be forthcoming from the Registrar’s office.

WSU Everett staff continue hosting online information and networking sessions for new and returning students, campus groups. We will also host financial aid workshops and we will deploy all the technology at our disposal to support students, like internet hotspots and loaned Chromebooks. Outstanding programming by our Student Affairs staff can help students excel in coursework, support their mental health, and prepare for rewarding careers within the industries that drive our state’s economy. Please view some of those resources here.

WSU Everett is also available to assist students throughout the WSU system. This campus provides seven programs: mechanical, electrical and software engineering; hospitality business management; integrated strategic communication; and organic agriculture systems – along with a bevy of minors. Our partnerships with our local and regional community colleges are stronger than ever. We offer dual-enrollment opportunities so freshman and sophomore students can make progress on their degree while being enrolled with WSU Everett. You can inquire here for dual enrollment. You can submit a change of campus here, create an intercampus enrollment, or contact and connect with us about which opportunities make sense for you.

WSU also maintains a webpage for the most up-to-date, systemwide information on COVID-19 related matters, and I encourage you to visit wsu.edu/covid-19 regularly. Please also see several frequently asked questions in President Schulz’s earlier message.

We are committed to keeping a steady, focused, educational path through this time and we plan to do that in a way that keeps us as safe and healthy as possible.

Paul Pitre, Chancellor
Washington State University Everett

The Joint Center for Deployment and Research of Earth Abundant Materials is a Washington State University Everett-housed research unit. Visit the research unit’s website at jcdream.org.


Solar is a frequent topic when discussing the world’s clean energy future. Inexpensive renewable electricity from solar is foundational to other carbon-reducing technologies, alternative fuels, and storage options. Data shows that deploying renewables as the primary energy source on the grid and supplementing peak times with fossil fuels can reduce fuel costs and carbon emissions significantly.  

There is understandable resistance to change in the utility industry – decades of infrastructure have been optimized for existing energy sources and adding renewables would require adaptation for those sources and the grid system at large. While the outlook on solar energy is very positivethere are significant obstacles to overcome before grid-scale implementations can be the norm.  

COST 

Cost is one of the biggest success factors for solar in the USTo date, the US solar industry has thrived on significant subsidies and policy support. As a result, experts have expressed doubt that renewable sources would be able to compete without those subsidies. The most recent data speaks differently: by the end of 2019, the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) for renewables was falling fast and competing with traditional sources even without subsidies. Forbes explains, “Utility-scale renewable energy prices are now significantly below those for coal and gas generation, and they’re less than half the cost of nuclear. The latest numbers again confirm that building new clean energy generation is cheaper than running existing coal plants.” 

In 2017, the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) conducted a study on integrating large amounts of wind and solar into the existing electric power systems in the Western US. They found that integration of 35% wind and solar energy would reduce carbon emissions by 25%-45%, fuel costs by 40%, and system-wide operating costs by up to 14%. The transition would result in a potential 2%-5% operating cost increase for the fossil-fueled plants that would stay deployed to manage the intermittent nature of solar and wind. 

In many states the cost of solar-generated energy is already less expensive than existing grid energy, reaching the inflection point of grid parity. But it’s likely that solar energy will have to far surpass grid parity to fully displace fossil fuels at gridscaleRaj Prabhu of Mercom Capital Group explains: “Reaching grid parity in itself does not automatically make solar the frontrunner. Many countries and regions have reached grid parity but have struggled to manage the intermittent nature of solar and the grid issues that come with it…Reaching true grid parity will be when solar is financially viable after including the cost of power infrastructure or when the combination of solar-plus-storage reaches grid parity.” 

STORAGE 

In 2018, NREL conducted a benchmark study of solar-plus-storage that helps to inform where the grid parity level could be for those systems. Based on NREL’s data, storage systems are price competitive with traditional fossil-fueled peaking power plants up to the 4-hour mark. 

Energy storage adds a significant level of effort and expense to the way we develop and deploy solar at utility-scale. Storage is the only foreseeable way that renewables can meet 100% of the energy demand on the grid without any assistance from fossil fuels 

The most common storage deployment involves lithium-ion or lead-acid batteries. Each of these has its unique challenges and cast a shadow on the idea of solar. Lithium batteries carry cost, critical materialsdegradation, and recyclability challenges while lead-acid batteries suffer from a limited depth of discharge, cycle life, and efficiency. 

Even if battery storage is not yet scalable to the massive level of the full power grid, there are other options in development as well. Energy storage is possible through thermal storage, phase change materials, hydrogen, and other low-carbon fuelsResearch into these alternatives will rely on low-cost renewable energy integrated into the grid. 

CRITICAL MATERIALS 

The excitement of grid-scale solar always gets more complex when followed up with the reality of storage. This theme carries through when we consider the materials and supply chains used in these energy systems. Solar cells and storage batteries each use several critical materialsand their respective lists are very different. The most common solar cells on the market use indium, known for its usefulness as a semiconductor. Indium is produced mainly as a byproduct of zinc, and to a lesser extent as a byproduct of copper, tin, and polymetallic deposits from mineral ores containing less than 100 parts per million (ppm) (or less than 0.01%) indium.  

To date, demand for indium has been considered fairly small despite its widespread use in electronics touchscreens and photovoltaicsNREL estimates that “New, widespread use could dramatically alter overall demand, which could grow faster than production capacity for up to about a decade, given the length of time needed to significantly increase production capacity. During this decade, indium prices could be high and volatile enough that thin-film manufacturers find it uncompetitive compared to competing PV materials.” With clean energy proponents hoping for solar on the grid and continued innovation in photovoltaics, this capacity issue is imminent.  It then points directly back at the cost issues discussed earlier since solar’s success will be heavily dependent on cost competition. 

The next frontier in the photovoltaic market is multijunction solar cells. Multijunction cells have already doubled the efficiency of solar generation and exhibit the potential to nearly quadruple it. Unfortunately, multijunction cells are not commercially viable due to the high cost of production. If indium prices were to soar, high-efficiency multijunction (MJ) devices would be even further from viability. In addition to indium, MJs rely on the use of other semiconductors containing gallium and germanium which are subject to the same type of market volatility due to their status as companion metals that can only be sourced as byproducts. 

The economic indicators of indium, gallium, and germanium point to costs increasing as demand rises. While these materials enable high-performance photovoltaic technologies, they are also obstacles on the path to grid-scale implementation. In order to overcome these challenges and move toward grid-scale renewable solar energy, research and development of earth-abundant alternatives to these critical materials are crucial. 

University of Washington’s Professor J. Devin MacKenzie has been researching one such alternative to indiumWith the help of a 2019 JCDREAM grantMacKenzie and the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds were able to purchase and install an ultra-high-resolution printer capable of printing transparent conductors. They have developed a conductive film using earth-abundant copper that can outperform indium tin oxide in photovoltaics 

If scaled, this type of technology could help to circumvent the criticality issues of indium and create a more secure supply chain for solar cells. While it would be nice to believe that there is no limit to how technology can advance clean energywe must address the very real constraints of the critical materials that power many of these innovations. The earth-abundant materials research of today will be instrumental in ensuring that critical material shortages don’t impede our progress in the not-so-distant future.