News Announcements

2/10/16 University plans groundbreaking, Daily Sun News

Heritage University today announced a groundbreaking ceremony for two new buildings on its main campus.

2/7/16 Campus cuisine: Heritage, CWU take steps to expand food options for students, YHR

Tim Newbury recalls how, until recently, Heritage University’s cafeteria offered a limited menu of fried foods and a couple of vending machines.

2/6/16 Colleges looking to help accelerate catch-up process to get students on track, YHR

Remedial courses are no more at Heritage University, thanks to a faster and less expensive alternative.

2/5/16 Heritage University President awarded for outstanding school service, KIMA-TV
Heritage University's president is the latest recipient of a very prestigious higher education award.

2/4/16 Toppenish’s Heritage University presenting exhibit of Native American artwork, YHR

When Greg Pierce saw the special exhibition at the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner last fall, he thought it would be ideal for Heritage University in Toppenish.

2/4/16 Obama Steps Up Pressure on College Accreditors, Wall Street Journal (premium article)

The Obama administration is stepping up pressure on the gatekeepers of billions of dollars in federal aid to crack down on colleges and universities where students fare poorly....

2/4/16 University earns honors, Daily Sun News

Heritage University’s president is the newest recipient of the Henry Paley Memorial Award, given to leaders in higher education.

2/1/14 University chiefs share 3 takeaways on evolving role of accreditation,
Among the many diverse and complex challenges faced by those in what is essentially a college or university's chief executive officer position is accreditation. A school's credentials are given weight by the seal of approval from institutional accreditors — and, for many individual programs, professional accreditors.


1/23/16 Heritage University celebrating success of 'Eagle's Cafe', KIMA-TV

A year after moving into its brand-new location on the Toppenish campus, Heritage University's "Eagle's Cafe" is making waves for a health-conscious and affordable dining options in the lower valley.



1/19/16 Heritage hosts insurance event, Daily Sun News

Heritage University’s Student Life organization is hosting an event to help anyone in the community enroll in state health insurance plans.

1/13/16 Heritage University honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., KAPP-TV
Heritage University honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during an event this morning.


1/13/16 Heritage University honors Martin Luther King Jr., KIMA-TV
Heritage University honored the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in an event Wednesday.


1/13/16 HU Language Center Works to Keep Sahaptin Alive, KNDO-TV
Spoken by members of the Yakama Nation Indian Tribe, Sahaptin or "Ischiskiin" is a dying language. That prompted Greg Sutterlict, Director of the Heritage University Language Center (HULC) to take action.


1/6/16 Financial aid workshops coming to Yakima County schools - KIMA-TV
Students in Yakima County have several chances coming up to learn how they can get financial aid to pay for college. Heritage University will hold its College Goal Washington event from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, in Petrie Hall, Room #1111. Then Yakima Valley Community College will have workshops Jan. 12, Feb. 2 and Mar. 1. Sessions will begin at 1, 3 and 5 p.m., in the Deccio Higher Education Center Room C236.


12/27/15 Assessing 2015: Some progress, more needed, Yakima Herald Republic
On Jan. 1, 2015, The Yakima Herald-Republic Editorial Board published a 10-item “Wish List” of areas we believed deserved the most focus and on which progress was essential this year. We broke them down into five categories — Agriculture, Civic Issues, Education, Federal Issues and State Issues — but in reality many are interconnected.


12/24/15 Foto de la semana Pantry of Hope - El Sol de Yakima
Oscar Godínez, estudiante de Heritage University, coloca unas cajas de galletas sobre una mesa para que sean empaquetadas, el 17 de diciembre de 2015.


12/22/15 Financial aid workshop Jan. 6 at Heritage University in Toppenish - Yakima Herald Republic
Heritage University will hold a financial aid workshop next month to discuss students’ options on how to pay for college. “College Goal Washington” will run from 2-7 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Toppenish campus on Fort Road.


12/21/15 CBC, EWU pen agreement to send more students toward Cheney - Tri-City Herald
A new agreement between Columbia Basin College and Eastern Washington University aims to drive more of the college’s graduates interested in obtaining four-year degrees to attend the university’s Cheney campus.


 2016 Press Releases

2/10/2015 - Heritage University Breaking Ground for New Construction
Heritage University is holding a groundbreaking ceremony for two new buildings on its main campus in Toppenish. The ceremony will take place on February 19 at 1:00 PM.


2/5/2016 - Heritage University to Host Monotype Workshop

Heritage University will host two sessions of a monotype printmaking workshop on February 12, 2016.


2/2/2016 - Heritage University President Honored with Paley Award for Excellence in Higher Education

John E. Bassett, Ph.D., president of Heritage University in Toppenish, WA, is the recipient of the 30th Annual Henry Paley Memorial Award presented during the 2016 Annual Meeting of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU).


2/1/2016 - Heritage University to Present Exhibit of Contemporary Native American Artwork

Heritage University will present a selection of artwork from the Not Vanishing: Contemporary Expressions in Indigenous Art 1977-2015 exhibition. 


1/27/2016 - HU Launches Campaign Featuring the Work of Renowned Native American Photographer
Heritage University launched a new recruitment campaign featuring the work of renowned Native American artist Ryan Red Corn of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma.


1/22/2016 - Heritage University Café Seeing Success a Year After Revamp
Heritage University’s cafeteria has become a serious contender for health-conscious and affordable dining in the Yakima Valley, one year after moving into its brand-new location on the Toppenish campus.


1/15/2016 - Heritage University Announces Fall 2015 Dean's List

The following are students who earned a place on the Heritage University Dean’s List for the fall 2015 semester. 


1/13/2016 - Early Childhood Studies Degree Offered Statewide Through Innovative Hybrid Delivery

Out of the few universities that offer Early Childhood Studies (ECS) bachelor's degree programs in the state of Washington, only Heritage University provides students with a "blended" or "hybrid" learning program that combines the latest in high-tech web-based course delivery with high-touche, team-based collaborative learning in the classroom.


1/12/2016 - Heritage University to Host Community Health Care Enrollment Event
Heritage University’s Student Life organization is hosting an event to help anyone in the community enroll in state health insurance plans. The event will take place Thursday, January 21, 2016.


1/11/2016 - University of Washington Dignitary to Speak at Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Event

Dr. Edward Taylor of the University of Washington will deliver the keynote speech at Heritage University's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day event Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at Heritage's main campus in Toppenish, Wash.