Last week the Washington State University Board of Regents met last Friday at the WSU Tri Cities campus in Richland. At the meeting WSU Tri Cities Chancellor, Vicky Carwein, gave a presentation about the Tri Cities campus and how it is the fastest growing and most diverse of the WSU campus’. WSU Tri Cities has seen considerable growth in the health and science fields as. The Tri Cities branch has been growing steadily over the past couple of years in the 2006-07 school year there were 1,066 students enrolled, this year there are 1,507 students.
This past fall 26% of the new freshman students enrolled at the Tri Cities campus were Hispanic, overall 12% of the student population was Hispanic. Officials at WSU Tri Cities would like to be designated by the federal government as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. In order to have this designation, 50% of the student population has to be Hispanic. Chancellor Carwein believes that the campus will be at 25% by 2011 and be able to receive the designation by 2014.
Chancellor Carwein proposed a Wine Science Center to the board with conceptual drawings. This wine center would be a state-of-the-art center with gravity flow research and teaching winery, labs, a teaching vineyard and greenhouse. Evan Bates, president of the Associated Students of WSU Tri Cities, said that the growth of the student population has led to an increase in student activities and programs both on and off the campus. The goal of the student government is to lessen the gap between the new, fresh out of high school students and the more experienced, non-traditional students.
At the meeting there were several items on the agenda that were taken care of. There are 26 acres of land that the city had deeded to WSU Tri Cities, the campus wants to sell the land for $1.5 million. The board has approved the selling of this land, they are not saying who will be buying it because the deal is not final but it is expected to close by June.
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