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The Senate Education Committee approved a bill that would set the stage for Gillette College to become an independent community college district.

John Wood


Central Wyoming College (CWC) faculty member Tarissa Spoonhunter is working to make Wyoming's only American Indian Studies associate degree into a practical program that her students can relate to.

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Central Wyoming College (CWC) has been designated as a Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institution. That means the college will be better equipped to support their Native American students.

University of Wyoming

Officials at the University of Wyoming have announced their draft proposal in response to a $42 million budget cut. It includes potential impacts to seven different colleges on campus, athletics, and positions, most of which are currently unfilled. Wyoming Public Radio's Catherine Wheeler spoke with UW interim Provost Anne Alexander. First, Alexander laid out what's included in the draft plan.

Northwest College

Northwest College President Stefani Hicswa will be leaving her position to become the new chancellor of Montana State University, Billings. Hicswa was president of the community college in Powell for seven years. Wyoming Public Radio's Kamila Kudelska spoke with her about her biggest accomplishments as president.

University of Wyoming


University of Wyoming officials had high hopes for phasing students back into the classroom, but those hopes were dashed when large numbers of positive COVID-19 tests started coming in.

As of Thursday, September 10, the university had 66 active cases. And 63 of those were students, 50 of whom live off-campus.

Catherine Wheeler

The Wyoming Community College Commission (WCCC) officially received a completed application to start a new community college district in Campbell County. That receipt kicks off a 90-day timeline in which the commission must review the application and approve or deny it.

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The Mountain West Conference, which includes the University of Wyoming, is cancelling all sporting events for the fall.

Catherine Wheeler

Leaders from Campbell County have formed a taskforce to work on the formation of a new community college district that would just include Gillette College.

The taskforce was created after disagreements about the budget cuts made by the Northern Wyoming Community College District. The district is currently made up of Sheridan College, Gillette College and Sheridan College in Johnson County.

Yale School of Public Health researchers created a simulation: a hypothetical campus of 5,000 students where 10 are asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19. They found the safest way to reopen a campus like that was to enforce strict guidelines like distancing and mask-wearing. But that wasn't enough.


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Wyoming has seven community colleges - and each one is preparing for the fall in its own way.

Eastern Wyoming College

Goshen County has had only a few confirmed coronavirus cases. And the community college there, Eastern Wyoming College, is planning to launch the semester, as usual, at the end of August.

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The University of Wyoming's student government, also known as ASUW, has historically been male-dominated. This year, two women were elected to President and Vice President. That may be for the first time ever. But there's no way to know, since ASUW records don't always account for gender. Wyoming Public Radio's Maggie Mullen spoke with President Riley Talamantes and Vice President Courtney Titus about what it was like to be one of the few, if only, two-women tickets to win the election.

Taylar Stagner

Central Wyoming College in Riverton has had an increase in new student applications, but a dip in returning students enrolling in classes. Since March 30, the community college has been teaching classes online to help curb the spread of COVID-19. CWC is worried the stressful semester has taken a toll on returning students.

Idaho State University has accepted more students for next year than it did for this year, but that doesn't mean it'll have more students enrolling.


Maggie Mullen


It's the Monday after spring break, a day when students and professors would usually be returning to campus. But that traditional springtime bustle is nowhere to be seen here at the University of Wyoming in Laramie.

Old Main, University of Wyoming. Photo: Wikimedia Commons [CC BY-SA 3.0]

If you've spent time on a college campus lately, you may have encountered a land acknowledgment - recognition of the tribes whose ancestral land the institution is built on. But land-grant universities, originally created to educate America's working class, also owe their founding to the seizure and sale of Indigenous land. The 1862 Morrill Act granted over 17 million acres for states to sell and raise endowment principal for the institutions.

A new degree program in Colorado aims to train business leaders for the fast-growing outdoor recreation industry in the Mountain West.

Savannah Maher

On the last day of the semester at the Wind River Tribal College in Ethete, Dr. Tarissa Spoonhunter was in the kitchen cooking a big pot of chicken noodle soup.

UW Marching Band "Brings The Thunder" To Riverton

Sep 16, 2019
Riverton High School

The University of Wyoming marching band "Western Thunder" took a trip to Riverton to perform at a high school football game against Cody. The event, called "Bring the Thunder" is part of an effort to get students excited about going to college - and to recruit new members of the marching band. Wyoming Public Radio's Savannah Maher was there to see the two bands meet, and she sent us this postcard.

Kamila Kudelska

Nationally, community college enrollments have been declining in the past couple of years. Wyoming is no exception. In Powell, Northwest College's enrollment is among the lowest in the state. So the college is looking at some new degree programs to try to turn things around. That includes a conservation law enforcement degree.

Central Wyoming College

Central Wyoming College has been offering courses in Jackson for over 40 years out of leased spaces scattered around town.

by Tennessee Watson

There’s a college dropout crisis in America. That’s according to a recent report from the New York Times and the Urban Institute’s Center on Education Data and Policy. They found that roughly one in three students who enroll in college never earn a degree.

Catherine Wheeler

Gillette College and the University of Wyoming's College of Engineering are working on a new partnership that could bring more opportunities for students in northeast Wyoming.

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The University of Wyoming has released a draft strategic plan designed to better meet the needs of Native American students and their communities.

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An essay has drawn national attention to how University of Wyoming faculty address difficult topics like racism when they come up in the classroom. It was written by Taylar Stagner, a Native American graduate of the University of Wyoming, who is also a part-time reporter at Wyoming Public Radio.

Taylar Dawn Stagner


Across the country, Native American students are severely underrepresented in higher education . Only 16 percent of Native Americans have a bachelor's degree. That's compared to 42 percent of white students. But a collective effort — that spans from the Wind River Reservation to the University of Wyoming — is helping to close that achievement gap.

Wyoming Department of Education

Back in 2005 the Wyoming legislature set up the Hathaway Scholarship to help make higher education more accessible to Wyoming high school graduates, but data requested by Wyoming Public Radio indicates low-income students aren't reaping the same benefits from the program as their higher income peers. Bailey Nowak's story offers a glimpse of why.

Northern Wyoming Community College District

Northern Wyoming Community College District has announced its campus in Gillette will now be under new leadership. Janell Oberlander has been selected as the new vice president and CEO for Gillette College, replacing Mark Englert.

WICHE

Efforts to increase the number of people in the state with advanced degrees has earned Wyoming support from the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE).

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