PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University’s Board of Regents will decide tuition rates for the next academic year during its May 10 meeting on the Pullman campus. The 9 a.m. meeting is set for the Samuel H. Smith Center for Undergraduate Education, Room 518.

During the last month, university officials and regents have requested comments from students, faculty and staff about tuition increases that could equal as much as 16 percent beginning in the fall. Last week, a majority of the regents were in Pullman to listen to students and others talk about the effects of tuition increases.

The regents also will be asked to approve the university’s operating budget for 2002-03. The budget plan shows how the university will deal with a $25.5 million shortfall in funding. State appropriations were cut by 8 percent during the 2002 legislative session.

Other agenda items include approval of two degrees: Master of Architecture and a Master of Science in Exercise Science at WSU Spokane.

The board will be asked to support several future construction projects, including schematic designs and authorization to proceed on a facility at WSU Vancouver. The building will house students affairs, student services operations and a campus visitor center. Portions of the ground floor would be leased to house bookstore operations.

The board also will be asked to allow university officials to continue to develop a new combined heat and power facilities that will supply both steam and electricity to the Pullman campus. The $56 million project would be funded from a $23 million legislative appropriation and from tax-exempt bonds.

Allocations of Services and Activities fees for the Summer 2002 and 2002-03 academic year also will be before the board for its approval.