College of Western Idaho

College of Western Idaho


Community colleges in Idaho receive some of their funding from property taxes. In the Treasure Valley, the College of Western Idaho is one of those schools.

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After last year's failed levy the College of Western Idaho has scaled back their expansion, proposing three new options for funding. Join us as we discuss these options and how they could improve the student and teacher experience.


Mark Browning of the College of Western Idaho discusses financial aid opportunities for students seeking a degree.

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Monday morning, Ada County kicks off a recount of ballots cast in the November election. A community college levy and a state legislative race are on the docket.

College of Western Idaho

Election officials will review the votes for the College of Western Idaho's funding levy, which failed by 144 votes. Idaho Matters looks at the potential results.

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College of Western Idaho

The College of Western Idaho board of trustees voted unanimously Monday to request a recount of last week's election results for a proposed levy that would have been used to build a health sciences building on campus.


The College of Western Idaho
College of Western Idaho

The College of Western Idaho would like to develop a new health sciences building to accomodate the Treasure Valley's growth and CWI is looking to a property tax levy as a funding mechanism. We'll talk about the growing community's need for health services and how this project could facilitate a larger healthcare force for Southern Idaho.


This interview was originally broadcast Wednesday, May 9, 2018.

A recent report from Wallethub found Idaho to be ranked the worst state in the nation to be a working mom. Metrics including quality, cost and availability of child care, school quality, number of pediatricians and gender pay gap found the Gem State dead last; Vermont ranked first.

On The Thursday, July 26, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters:

Jul 25, 2018

  • A grant to the Idaho Health Care Association will help bolster CNA numbers.
  • Ada County accesses McArthur grant to look at criminal justice reform.
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On The Friday, June 15, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters:

Jun 15, 2018

  • Friday Reporter Roundtable.
  • College of Western Idaho president Bert Glandon.
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April Mantha

Students at the College of Western Idaho have wrapped up a five-year project of mapping and recording hundreds of petroglyphs in Celebration Park near Melba.

Each fall, more than 2,500 Idaho freshmen begin their college careers by taking remedial classes.

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Despite a concerted advertising campaign by the College of Western Idaho to pass a $180 million bond, the measure failed on the November ballot. 

Now, CWI is examining the loss. The bond would have been used to construct a new CWI campus in Boise and expand the college’s footprint in Nampa.

A 180-million-dollar bond to fund a two-pronged expansion for the College of Western Idaho failed to get the necessary supermajority it needed to pass at the polls Tuesday. The 25-year bond would have gone toward growing CWI’s main campus in Nampa as well as establishing a presence in Boise.

In order to pass, the measure – which would have raised taxes – needed a 67 percent approval rating. Instead, it got 57 percent. The defeat means the college’s trustees now have to consider their next step for the growing institution. 

The College of Western Idaho has purchased a 10-acre lot of land at $8.8 million, twice the value assigned to it for tax purposes, but officials say they did not overpay.

The Idaho Statesman reports that the community college's board chairwoman Mary Niland said Thursday that she if she could go back she would have looked at the tax assessment and asked for an appraisal.

Board vice president Guy Hurlbutt described the lot's location as "superb" and did not think an assessment would have made much difference.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

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