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Mid-Willamette Valley Promise Consortium awarded $500,000 grant from Oregon Department of Education

The Oregon Department of Education has announced that the Mid-Willamette Valley Promise Consortium has received a $500,000 grant for a collaborative program that will expand the ways that high school students in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties can earn college credit during high school. The Willamette Promise is a collaboration between Western Oregon University’s Teaching … Continue reading


Western Oregon University receives approval for institutional governing board

Western Oregon University (WOU) received approval today to become an independent state university from the Oregon State Board of Higher Education (OSBHE). Currently WOU is governed by the OSBHE, but with this affirmative decision, the institution will begin transitioning to full self-governance and its own governing board to be effective July 1, 2015. This is … Continue reading

College of Education / Teaching Research Institute

WOU awarded grant to close opportunity grant gaps for culturally and linguistically diverse students

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) recently awarded $200,000 to Western Oregon University’s Teaching Research Institute and College of Education, one of nine competitively funded grant awards, to support Project High Five – Culture, Collaboration, Commitment, Communication and Community. The project is a collaborative endeavor between WOU, Central School District (CSD) 13J, the Ella Curran … Continue reading

Screening of “American Winter” to be held at WOU

Screening of “American Winter” to be held at WOU

Western Oregon University will hold a screening of the Oregon-based award-winning HBO film American Winter on April 9 at 6:30 p.m. in room 105 of the Health and Wellness Center. American Winter is a vivid illustration of what is happening to families across America, including working families losing their homes, people who remain jobless or underemployed, children going … Continue reading

WOU receives $1.4 million gift to create the  Richard Woodcock Education Center  to train Oregon’s next generation of teachers
College of Education

WOU receives $1.4 million gift to create the Richard Woodcock Education Center to train Oregon’s next generation of teachers

Western Oregon University’s new College of Education building is now one step closer to reality thanks to a generous donation from former psychology professor and education leader Dr. Richard W. Woodcock. The $1.4 million gift is the third largest single donation in school history and will help create the Richard Woodcock Education Center; a 58,000 … Continue reading

Natural Science & Math / Teacher education

WOU’s new Elementary Math Specialist program received TSPC approval, first in Oregon

Western Oregon University has just launched its new Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leader program (EMIL), which received unanimous approval from the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) in March 2014. Last spring, TSPC approved elementary mathematics specialization standards, but WOU’s new curriculum is the first Elementary Mathematics specialization program to receive TSPC approval. The Elementary … Continue reading