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By John McCallum
Managing Editor 

A pandemic's tempest

EWU struggles to realign academics; faces challenges from economic impacts of COVID-19, soured faculty/president relationship


Last updated 7/1/2020 at 1:51pm

CHENEY – In a way, the COVID-19 crisis was Eastern Washington University’s perfect storm.

Already engaged in a college realignment and facing declining enrollment, the pandemic that hit earlier this year has culminated recently in over 400 staff layoffs, a steep loss of revenue and Monday’s vote of no confidence in the university’s president.


In 2008 – 2009, Eastern’s trustees endorsed a reduction in the number of degree/major options offered at the university. EWU Provost Dr. David May said there was no follow through on that commitment, however, as student enrollme...

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