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Washington colleges brace for potential 15% cut in state funding

Washington’s public colleges and universities, already taking financial hits from the COVID-19 pandemic, may have to contend with a 15% reduction in state funding in the next fiscal year – a move that could cost jobs and academic programs.

Area roundup: WSU cruises past UC Irvine

Frontcourt mates Borislava Hristova and Jovana Subasic each scored 19 points, and Washington State marched to an 87-59 victory over UC Irvine in a nonconference women’s basketball game at Beasley Coliseum in Pullman. Both forwards, Hristova and Subasic combined for 16-for-28 shooting from the floor. Another frontcourt player, WSU center Bella Murekatete, contributed with a 6-for-12 effort for 15 points. The Cougars (6-4) shot 52% (36 for 69) from the field, compared to 29% (21 for 72) for UC Irvine.

Washington, Idaho colleges bracing for ‘enrollment cliff’ in 2025

Colleges and universities across the United States are bracing for an “enrollment cliff” in about five years – the result of a downturn in birth rates after the Great Recession. Washington and Idaho are expected to fare well compared to other states, though schools in the region are rethinking their recruitment strategies.