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Beijing university partners with UW on new graduate program: The University of Washington and a top Chinese university are partnering together to bring a new Master of Science in Technology Innovation program to Bellevue. The degree has ties to computer science and engineering but will include elements of many other disciplines. Microsoft is donating $40 million to jump start the effort; no state funds are being used.

First Place charter school gets more time to fix problems: The state commission governing charter schools voted 4-3 Thursday to give First Place Scholars more time to fix its problems and remain open. The commissioners said the school — the state’s first charter school — has made some progress since they first raised concerns about it nine months ago.

Accreditors seldom come down on struggling colleges (Wall Street Journal): An analysis from the Wall Street Journal finds that accreditors lack consistency when it comes to enforcing standards for graduation and student loan default rates.

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