Francisco Rios

Shepard, others visit schools in Korea, Japan

President Bruce Shepard asks Asia University America Program graduates what attractions he shouldn't miss when he visits Tokyo next week. Shepard welcomed the graduates to his office Friday morning, July 19, and will travel to Japan to visit Asia University and discuss the program with university officials. He is in South Korea right now visiting with university officials there. Photo by Cade Schmidt | for WWU

Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard chats with recent graduates of the Asia University America Program at Western in his office Friday morning, July 19. Shepard is in Korea and Japan the next two weeks to visit Asia University and other schools. Photo by Cade Schmidt | for WWU

President Bruce Shepard asks Asia University America Program graduate Kyoka Hirano about her favorite thing about Western Friday morning. Shepard welcomed four AUAP graduates to his office Friday and is visiting Asia this week. When Shepard was 18, he did an exchange program in Tokyo and Taiwan and became fluent in Taiwanese. Photo by Cade Schmidt | for WWU

Western President Bruce Shepard shows graduates from the Asia University America Program a Tweet he received from an AUAP student while meeting with graduates Friday morning, July 19. Photo by Cade Schmidt | for WWU

Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard welcomed recent graduates of the Asia University America Program at Western in his office Friday morning, July 19. Shepard is in Korea and Japan the next two weeks to visit Asia University and other schools. At the far left is Rick O'Connor, director of Language and Culture Programs, and at the far right is Bill Pech, director of AUAP. Photo by Cade Schmidt | for WWU

Matthew Anderson
Western Today editor

For 25 years, Asia University in Japan has been sending its students to Western Washington University twice each year for a five-month English-language and culture immersion program.

In recognition of that success, and with the hope of expanding the program to other universities in Asia, a handful of WWU representatives are in Asia this week and next visiting with the heads of various universities there.


National survey of colleges of education deeply flawed, incomplete

The Bellingham Herald
Imagine a new restaurant comes into town. Its goal is to lure away customers who visit existing restaurants in the community. To achieve this goal, they gather the menus of each restaurant. Based nearly exclusively on these menus, they develop a rating scale critical of each restaurant, which is subsequently published in the local newspaper. The casual reader of this newspaper might be swayed by the rating scale and wonder what's occurring in those restaurants. The critical reader would speculate about the motives of the new restaurant, would question the use of the menu as the nearly exclusive source of the ratings, would wonder why the food wasn't tasted or former customers interviewed, and would marvel that any newspaper would even publish these restaurant ratings.

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Casey Shillam named director of Western’s bachelor’s degree in nursing program

Casey Shillam has been named director of Western Washington University’s new bachelor’s degree program in nursing. The nursing program, offered through Western’s Woodring College of Education, begins fall 2013. It is designed to allow associate-degree nurses who have completed their pre-licensure registered nurse studies to complete their bachelor’s degrees in nursing.

Western Today staff

Casey Shillam has been named director of Western Washington University’s new bachelor’s degree program in nursing.

The nursing program, offered through Western’s Woodring College of Education, begins fall 2013. It is designed to allow associate-degree nurses who have completed their pre-licensure registered nurse (RN) studies to complete their bachelor’s degrees in nursing (BSN).


WWU's Woodring College reaches out to community partners

The Bellingham Herald
Picture this: A university professor teaches a group of 40 students, who are English-language learners, at a local elementary school. Around the children, 20 teachers observe; among them is an expert teacher for the school district who will help them better understand the teaching strategies being used by the professor. This is but one example of the many collaborative activities that faculty, staff and students at Woodring College of Education at Western Washington University engage in every day. Faculty recognize that the most challenging social and educational issues can only be solved when the university faculty and students work side-by-side with community education and social service professionals.

Talks, march, events planned for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The Bellingham Herald
The 15th annual MLK Human Rights Conference begins with registration at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Whatcom Community College's Syre Center, with the theme "Gaining a Voice in Democracy: Tools for Empowerment." Keynote speaker is Francisco Rios, dean of Western Washington University's Woodring College of Education and a nationally known figure in the field of multicultural education.

School tragedy shines light on teachers as everyday heroes

The Bellingham Herald
After more than 35 years as a teacher, teacher educator and now the dean of Wooding College of Education at Western Washington University, I listened with sorrow and dismay to the details as they emerged from the terrible tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

WWU Teacher Education Program receives continuing national, state accreditation

Western Today staff

Western Washington University’s Woodring College of Education has received continuing full accreditation, through spring 2019, from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

In conjunction with NCATE accreditation, Woodring College of Education programs received full approval from the Washington State Professional Educator.


Woodring to offer bachelor's degree program in nursing

Western Today staff

Western Washington University’s Woodring College of Education will offer a new program next year that will allow nurses to complete their bachelor’s degrees in nursing, Woodring College Dean Francisco Rios announced today.


Woodring College to offer bachelor's degree program in nursing

Western Today staff

Western Washington University’s Woodring College of Education will offer a new program next year that will allow nurses to complete their bachelor’s degrees in nursing (BSN), Woodring College Dean Francisco Rios announced today.