PULLMAN, Wash.–Washington State University’s proposals for expanding access to educational programs in Spokane will be presented at a community briefing Monday, Aug. 31, at 11 a.m. in the Auditorium of the Phase I Classroom Building on the Riverpoint campus.
The mission statement and operating plans will be delivered to the state Higher Education Coordinating Board Tuesday. The final plan, including responses from the Spokane community, the HEC Board and other constituencies, is due Oct. 15.
The proposals have been developed over several months of discussion and consultation with other Spokane area college and university officials, business executives and community leaders in an attempt to identify educational needs and opportunities.
Invitations to attend the briefing have been sent to more than 300 Spokane community leaders. Details of the proposal will be presented by Provost Gretchen Bataille, following opening comments from President Samuel Smith. Samuel Kindred, vice president for Business Affairs, will explain capital construction plans for Riverpoint. T. L. “Les” Purce, vice president for Extended University Affairs, will serve as moderator for the briefing.
The 1998 Legislature dissolved Spokane’s Joint Center for Higher Education and assigned WSU responsibility for development and management of the Riverpoint higher education campus and the role of senior research partner in the Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute.

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