Regents Approve New Degrees, Construction, Fees

PULLMAN, Wash. — The Washington State University Board of Regents Friday approved a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice to be offered statewide through distance education and a bachelor’s degree in education to be offered in Grays Harbor.
The criminal justice degree will meet the growing demand in the state for professionals trained in this field. The education degree, which will prepare teachers for kindergarten through eighth grade, will be offered in collaboration with Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen. It meets the needs of placebound students in Pacific and Grays Harbor counties.
The regents also approved several tuition and fee increases. A 2 percent increase for the housing and dining system rates for next year was approved. Increases ranging from 2.86 to 3.3 percent for 1999 summer session tuition also were given a green light. Tuition for an in-state undergraduate student will be $170 per summer credit hour.
The board received 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 regents also approved the schematic design for the new Teaching and Learning Center and delegated authority to WSU to select a firm to serve as general contractor/construction manager for the Scholars Hall project, a conversion of White Hall. Both projects are on the Pullman campus.