PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University’s Board of Regents will hear various reports from program directors and administrators during its meeting Friday, Jan. 24, at WSU West. The 9:30 a.m. meeting will be held in the 12th floor conference room/auditorium at the Pike Tower, 520 Pike, Seattle.

Two requests to change university department names will be before the board. Provost Robert C. Bates said the Department of Rural Sociology requests a name change to the Department of Community and Rural Sociology. The name change will reflect more accurately the teaching, research and extension interests of the department as it has evolved into a broader orientation with an emphasis on communities and interactions within the communities.

Bates said the Department of Comparative American Cultures requests a name change to the Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies. The change is needed to reflect the national nomenclature within the discipline, the provost said.

Regents also will discuss proposed increases in Health and Wellness Services’ academic year and summer fees for students.

WSU President V. Lane Rawlins plans to present to regents his recommendations for some reorganization of the newer campuses. Those campuses, in Spokane, Tri-Cities and Vancouver, have successfully expanded educational opportunities in three important urban areas of the state.

Representatives of the Faculty Senate, Graduate and Professional Student Association, Associated Students of WSU and the Alumni Association also will update board members on their activities.