WSU Regents Consider Construction, Academic Plans

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University regents will be asked to approve several new degree programs and construction proposals when they meet on campus Friday, Sept. 4.
The first regular meeting of the 1998-99 academic year is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Regents Room of the Lewis Alumni Centre.
The degree programs, authorized by the state Higher Education Coordinating Board in July, include a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration delivered through a distance-education format. Courses for the degree eventually will be available over the state’s K-20 educational communications network under a consortium program with other state baccalaureate schools.
A second cooperative degree program is a Master of Science in Landscape Architecture offered with the University of Idaho. Faculty from the Interdisciplinary Design Institute at WSU Spokane, WSU and UI will teach in areas of their expertise and students may enroll at any of the three locations.
Regents will be asked to approve extending master’s degree programs in interior design and architecture to WSU Spokane; establish a Master of Technology Management degree at WSU and branch campuses in Spokane, Tri-Cities and Vancouver and Boeing plants in Seattle and Everett; and establish a bachelor’s degree in public affairs at WSU Vancouver.
The board will be asked to authorize the university to select a contractor/construction manager and award construction contracts on the proposed $39 million Health Sciences Building project at the Riverpoint campus in Spokane. Authority also will be requested to proceed with plans for a $1.54 million Creamery Warehouse to provide refrigerated storage and mail order space for Ferdinand’s.
At 11 a.m. regents will get a look at the Educational Media Systems Laboratory in the Engineering Teaching and Research Laboratory auditorium. The EMS lab is dedicated for the purpose of assisting faculty throughout the campus in building multimedia and interactive components for their classes. The lab has been instrumental in this fall’s introduction of an online beginning economics course for a select group of students whose performance will be compared with others in traditional classrooms.


Editors and reporters: Coverage of the 11 a.m. program at the Educational Media Systems Laboratory, Room 100, is welcomed.