Western Carolina University’s teacher education program has moved to the head of the class, according to a report card issued Wednesday, Sept. 12, by the N.C. State Board of Education, which held its monthly meeting in Cullowhee.
Joseph D. Crocker of Winston-Salem, senior vice president with Wachovia Bank, was elected chairman of Western Carolina University’s board of trustees Thursday, Sept. 6, at the board’s first meeting of the new academic year.
Western Carolina University’s department of human services has been awarded an $800,000 federal grant to help increase the pool of special education teachers who are fully prepared to work with clients with mild to moderate disabilities.
The typical freshman at Western Carolina University this fall has a Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) score 50 points higher and a grade-point average nearly one letter grade better than the average first-year WCU student in 1995 – the year before Western embarked on an ambitious effort to improve its academic standards.
Western Carolina University faculty member Bill Ogletree has secured a $1.4 million federal grant to address a nationwide shortage in the number of practicing speech-language pathologists who are prepared to work with individuals with severe disabilities.
Representatives of Western Carolina University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signed an agreement recently that strengthens ties between the university and the agency to enhance WCU educational programs and the EPA’s mission of protecting environmental resources.
Western Carolina University Chancellor John Bardo discussed with university trustees Thursday, June 7, several campus reorganizations that are designed to forge a stronger link between students and faculty and WCU’s regional outreach programs.
Three Western Carolina University chemistry professors and their students are hoping to grow more than just a few ears of corn this summer in their small gardens in a Western North Carolina subdivision. They’re also seeking to harvest scientific evidence that could lead to a cost-effective method of removing contamination from the soil of a neighborhood that once housed a major commercial apple orchard.