SEATTLE, Wash. — Washington State University’s Board of Regents at its meeting Friday (Jan. 24) at WSU West discussed proposals to change two university department names.

The Department of Rural Sociology would be called 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.

Provost Robert Bates said the Department of Comparative American Cultures would be called the Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies. The change is needed to reflect the national nomenclature within the discipline, the provost said.

Regents also discussed future increases in Health and Wellness Services’ academic year and summer fees for students. The HWS staff and regents will continue to study the issues and any proposal will be brought to the board at a later time.

The board also heard plans for some reorganization of the newer campuses from WSU President V. Lane Rawlins. Those campuses, in Spokane, Tri-Cities and Vancouver, have successfully expanded educational opportunities in three important urban areas of the state. The entire document is available online at the following Web page:

Editor’s Note: A news release about President Rawlins’ recommendations is available at the WSU New Bureau Web site: