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Two new degree programs this fall
June 21, 2002

The Washington State Board of Regents approved two new degree programs during its June 14 meeting in Vancouver, including a doctoral program in communication and bachelor#s and master#s of science degrees in biotechnology. Both programs will be effective this fall.The doctoral communication program differs from other doctoral programs in its structure and content. The new program requires:• a common core of courses in intercultural communication• an emphasis within the school in communication studies and/or mediated communication• coursework in a cognate area outside of the school• coursework in research methods• coursework in teaching methods and supervised teaching experience.In addition to drawing from existing communication programs, students … » More …

Tuition increases approved
May 10, 2002

Washington State University#s Board of Regents approved a set of tuition and fee rate increases from 4-16 percent for the 2002-03 academic year during its May 10 meeting in Pullman.Tuition increases are needed to protect quality, Karl Boemhke, budget director, told board members when he presented the tuition recommendations. “We believe we have a balance between unwelcome tuition increases and devastating budget cuts,” he said.Annual undergraduate tuition for Washington residents will increase by $571 to $4,145 and equals the 16 percent limit established by the Legislature, Boemhke said. Raising tuition by a lesser amount would hurt quality, he added.Nonresident undergraduates will see an increase of … » More …

Regents eye energy plant plans
April 26, 2002

Two combustion turbines powered by natural gas will be the heartbeat of WSU’s electric generation system, if the Board of Regents gives its approval May 10 for a new university power plant.The proposal calls for a 28-megawatt combined heat-and-power production system to be built on east Grimes Way at Olympia Ave., below Jewett Observatory. This is a redesigned version of the power plant proposed last year.Ten months ago, the university was proposing a $92 million cogeneration plant that it would co-own and manage with an outside company. The Legislature realized the need to replace the university’s 70-year-old heating system and allocated $23 million to fund … » More …