Washington State University regents are expected to approve new tuition rates that will save undergraduate students nearly $1,000 if they attend a WSU campus full time compared to the current rates.
The regents are meeting Thursday and Friday in Pullman.
WSU is set to cut tuition for undergrads at its campuses and its online program by 10 percent as authorized by state lawmakers. It’s the second straight year of a tuition drop, with rates declining 5 percent last year.
That means that full-time undergrads who paid $10,356 to attend classes this academic year will pay $9,324 for a similar classload for the 2016-17 academic year.
No other tuition rates are changing, though the newly established Masters in Health Policy Administration program will introduce its own tuition rates in the fall.
In other news, an academic building at Washington State University Tri-Cities is likely to be renamed after the university’s late president.
The request to rename the West Building on the Richland campus as the Elson S. Floyd Academic Building came from the Tri-Cities campus, said spokesman Jeffrey Dennison.
“The discussions that have happened on campus have been positive, and people feel it’s an appropriate response,” he said.
Floyd, 59, died in June a short time after going on medical leave. He’d been WSU’s president since 2007.
The university completed about 30 construction projects during his tenure, including the WSU Wine Science Center at WSU Tri-Cities. Enrollment also reached record highs and the university completed a $1 billion capital campaign.
His last major accomplishment was convincing the Legislature to allow WSU to develop its own medical school on the WSU Spokane campus, a move fought by University of Washington.
Regents decided last year to name the new medical school after Floyd, and the new cultural center at WSU Pullman will also bear his name.
“His hard work and dedication to education were impactful to all the WSU campuses,” said the memo to the regents. “Dedicating a lecture hall to his legacy seems very fitting.”
Dennison said it was Mark Mansperger, a clinical associate professor of anthropology, who initially suggested renaming the West Building after Floyd. The idea was supported by administration and faculty and led to it being moved forward.
Also during this week’s regents meeting, Lura J. Powell, who represents the Tri-Cities on the board, is expected to be named the WSU governing board’s next chairwoman.
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