Key takeaways from Board of Regents meeting

Exterior view of Bryan Clock Tower.

The naming of the football field inside Martin Stadium and halting the use of SAT and ACT test scores in the admissions process were among the actions taken by the WSU Board of Regents during its meeting Friday.

Revisions to the standards of conduct for students to comply with amendments to the U.S. Department of Education’s Title IX regulations were also approved, as were the Housing and Dining Rates for the upcoming academic year. These rates will remain the same as they were during the current academic year in recognition of the hardships many students and families are experiencing due to the pandemic.

The entire Board of Regents meeting is available to watch on Youtube.

Adjustments to mandatory fees for students at the Spokane, Vancouver and Tri Cities campuses were also approved. These campuses won’t collect a portion of the Student and Activities fees this spring. WSU Tri Cities also won’t collect 50 percent of its Student Union Building and Safety and Transportations fees this spring.

In November, Regents authorized WSU Pullman and WSU Tri Cities not to collect a portion of their mandatory fees for the fall and spring semesters, as recommended by student-led advisory boards at this campuses. More information can be found on the Services and Fees website.

During his opening remarks, President Kirk Schulz outlined the four goals for the university system as it moves towards the OneWSU model:

  • Position WSU strategically for future growth in student population across the state
  • Provide enhanced opportunities for campuses to shape academic and student program to be aligned with their particular students as well as individual community needs and expectations
  • Clarify authority in decision making
  • Put in place appropriately staff admin structure that provides system level support and does not need to be duplicated at individual campus level

Schulz and Provost and Executive Vice President Elizabeth Chilton will further discuss OneWSU as well as the achievements of the system in the last year during the State of the University event March 23.

Regents and viewers also heard a presentation from WSU Tri Cities Chancellor Sandra Haynes as well as updates from shared governance groups. The board is scheduled to next meet May 6 and 7.

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