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Our World In Data

Our World In Data

Helping to understand the world’s largest problems
Although the Benton-Franklin Trends Project is local in scale, the data we track are part of a larger global context. Local issues we are concerned about, such as health, population, food security, and education are also international issues. As such, there are also organizations and publications...
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2020 Decennial Census

2020 Decennial Census

Your Local Complete Census Count Committee

The decennial census, required by the U.S. Constitution, ultimately creates indispensable data at the national, state, county, municipal and sub-municipal levels. According to census.gov, the census attempts to count every person in the U.S. where they “live and sleep.” More than just a simple population count, the
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Local Data Helps Inform

Local Data Helps Inform

Fighting hunger, feeding hope in the Inland NW

It wasn’t too long ago estimating hunger relied mainly on Federal Poverty Level statistics. But the national estimates were inadequate when used to estimate hunger in smaller, more localized areas. This created a disparity of what statistically might qualify as food insecure in the national data to what is...
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Trends In Action

Early Education Enrollment Below Benchmarks

We have known for quite some time about the advantages of early education for child development. A wide range of research, both inside and outside traditional educational realms, is continuing...
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Passenger Trips at TriCities Airport Setting Records

Airport passenger activity is one reflection of the local population's long-distance travel needs. Airports are an essential part of a community's physical infrastructure. They facilitate the ability of its local businesses to...
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English Language Learner Students Increasing

In the 2017-2018 school year one in five students was enrolled as an English Language Learners (ELL) in public schools within Benton and Franklin Counties. This is double the state rate. A look at...
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5-Questions With:

Dr. Sandra Haynes

Dr. Sandra Haynes

Chancellor, WSU Tri-Cities

 

Q1) Under your leadership, WSU Tri-Cities has initiated a strategic plan process. Can you tell us when you will unveil the results, and in particular, what are your expected outcomes from the plan?

A1) Our campus began a planning process in September of 2018.  The process has an extensive baseline phase over this year through August of 2019.  By the end of the 2018/2019 academic year, we will have completed 4 town halls, 12 department meetings, 4 brown bag luncheons, 5 community presentations, an online survey and market research.

From these engagements, our steering committee will identify a framework that we will use to make our action plans in each department during the 2019/2020 academic year.

I desire to have four or five foci for our campus improvement that everyone can articulate and use to measure success over the next five years. 

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