Gregoire signs law; Vancouver gets freshmen

Gov. Christine Gregoire signed into law a historic measure on May 4 calling for the creation of four-year campuses at Washington State University Vancouver and the University of Washington Tacoma.

WSU Tri-Cities also made some gains. It was granted a four-year degree in biotechnology and also may offer undergraduate courses that are not available at the community colleges nearby.

“We’ve had a ‘no vacancy’ sign up at our colleges and universities for too many students for too long,” Gregoire said at the signing ceremony at the UW Tacoma campus.

For the full story, go to:

* The Seattle Times online at

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/aplocal_story.asp?category=6420&slug=WA%20Branch%20Campuses

* The Tri-Cities Herald at

http://www.tri-cityherald.com/tch/local/story/6454021p-6333907c.html

* The Longview Daily News at

http://www.tdn.com/articles/2005/05/05/area_news/news03.txt

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