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Strategic Planning Committee Focuses on Inclusion

Rachel Needham, Staff Reporter
April 27, 2017
Filed under NEWS

By the end of the spring ’17 semester, the 2016-17 Strategic Planning Committee will have nearly completed its first phase. Co-chaired by President Kathy Murray, Vice Chair of the Board Nancy Serrurier and Chair of the Faculty Melissa Clearfield, the committee is responsible for designing the future ...

Student loan fraud impacts campus: Loan provider Navient accused of mishandling payments

Andy Monserud, Staff Reporter
February 2, 2017
Filed under NEWS

It’s an uncertain time for Whitman students, and especially for those accumulating debt to pay for their education. The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau sued student loan servicer Navient earlier this month, accusing the company on its website of “systematically and illegally failing borrowers a...

School adjusts to budget cuts

Mitchell Smith, Editor in Chief
October 20, 2016
Filed under NEWS

Departments at Whitman will have to fight for additional funds this coming year due to a shortfall in the college’s 2016-2017 budget. President Kathy Murray sent an email to all staff and faculty on October 3 alerting them that the normal budgeting process, where departments submit budget proposals for add...

Whitman Admissions Adopts Test Optional Application Process

Kate Grumbles
September 22, 2016
Filed under NEWS

The Whitman Office of Admissions announced on September 20 that standardized tests would no longer be mandatory for applicants to Whitman College. This change comes on the heels of a nearly unanimous vote by faculty on September 7 to erase the wording in the Faculty Code that required standardized te...

Admissions Office Aiming for Larger Class of 2020

North Bennett
May 5, 2016
Filed under NEWS

The Office of Admissions is aiming for a larger Class of 2020 to account for an unexpectedly small class the previous year.

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Rock Bottom: Why is Whitman Not Financially Accessible?

Rock Bottom: Why is Whitman Not Financially Accessible?

Lachlan Johnson and Sarah Cornett
October 28, 2015
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

Whitman’s endowment is strong, and has grown significantly in recent years. So why does the college continue to struggle to provide access to middle- and low-income students?

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Class of 2019 Smallest in Recent Times

Georgia Lyon
September 17, 2015
Filed under NEWS

Whitman’s class of 2019 is smaller than expected because the yield from the main applicant and waitlist pools was lower than anticipated. The group of 364 first-years and 17 transfers fell well short of both the goals and expectations of the Office of Admissions given past trends, resulting in more space in residence halls this year.

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Regional diversity brings different views

Natalie Berg
April 21, 2015
Filed under Front Page Slideshow, NEWS

When a Whittie from outside the Northwest tells friends at home that they go to Whitman College, he or she is often met with a confused look. "People think I go to junior college," said junior Emma Altman. "You either get people that have never heard of Whitman or people that have a cousin who goes...

ASWC resolution advocates switch to test-free admissions

Annie Roge
October 23, 2014
Filed under ASWC, NEWS

A resolution calling for the Whitman College administration to stop requiring future Whitman applicants to report standardized test scores was passed unanimously by ASWC last Sunday. Changing admissions policies to be test-optional has seen a significant amount of support in recent years in the liberal...

Admission Accepts Fewer Transfer Students This Spring

Anna Zheng
February 6, 2014
Filed under FEATURE

This spring, Whitman welcomed one first-time student and six transfers, a decrease from the 12 students admitted at the start of last spring. Though the number of admitted students in the spring may vary wildly from year to year, admission officers say that the criteria for admission remain the same. "Most...

Adam Miller Selected as New Director of Admission

Maegan Nelson
March 31, 2013
Filed under NEWS

Even as acceptance letters are going out for incoming students, the Office of Admission is undergoing a major transition in leadership. Claremont McKenna College alumnus Adam Miller was recently selected as the new director of admission to replace former director Kevin Dyerly after a nationwide search. "Adam...

Parental Guidance, Emphasis on Education Draws In Legacies

Parental Guidance, Emphasis on Education Draws In Legacies

Adam Brayton
February 14, 2013
Filed under FEATURE, Feature Highlight, Front Page Slideshow

When senior Nick Marquiss sat down at his first Encounters class, he found himself sitting across the table from the same professor who taught his father decades before. This situation may seem strange, but not with the kind of legacy representation found at Whitman. The Office of Admission defines...

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