WSU Regents to Consider New Degrees, Construction, Fees

PULLMAN, Wash. — The Washington State University Board of Regents will meet at
1:30 p.m. this Friday, Jan. 22, at the Lewis Alumni Centre.
The board will be asked to approve a bachelor’s degree in education to be offered in Grays Harbor and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice to be offered statewide through distance education.
The education degree, which will prepare teachers for kindergarten through eighth grade, is to be offered in collaboration with Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen. It meets the needs of placebound students in Pacific and Grays Harbor counties. The criminal justice degree will meet the growing demand in the state for professionals trained in this field.
The regents will also be asked to approve a number of tuition and fee increases. A 2 percent increase is proposed for the housing and dining system rates for next year. Increases ranging from 2.86 to 3.3 percent are proposed for summer session tuition. Tuition for an in-state undergraduate student would be $170 per summer credit hour.
The board will receive a report that Gilbane Building Co. of San Francisco has been selected as general contractor/construction manager, or GC/CM, for the new student recreation center. WSU has negotiated a maximum allowable construction cost of $24.7 million for the project. The cost includes the sixth and seventh gymnasium courts that were the first two alternates in the bid. The total project cost is $35.6 million as approved by the regents in May of 1998.
The university is also seeking approval of the schematic design for the new Teaching and Learning Center, as well as delegation of authority to select a general contractor/construction manager for the Scholars Hall project, a conversion of White Hall. Both projects are on the Pullman campus.