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Board of Regents approve 2.5 percent tuition increase, discuss vaccine mandate

ANDREA GONZALEZ and MELINA ERNST May 10, 2021

The WSU Board of Regents approved a 2.5 percent tuition increase for the 2021-2022 academic year, WSU Athletics budget revisions and the establishment of new master’s degree programs during their two-day...

Originally, the university was expecting a loss of $54 million in revenue. The increase can be attributed to the loss of revenue in WSU Housing, Dining and Student Auxiliary Services, said Stacy Pearson, vice president for finance and administration.

Board of Regents discusses finances, standardized tests

ABBY DAVIS, Evergreen deputy news editor March 15, 2021

In addition to discontinuing ACT and SAT tests, the WSU Board of Regents received updates regarding university finances and the restructuring of the WSU system during their two-day meeting Thursday and...

Von Walden, professor and Faculty Senate member, said WSU Athletics struggled to pay debts from the football program's stadium and facility upgrades for about a decade.

Faculty senator says WSU needs ‘self-sustaining athletics department’

TIMOTHY FAIRBANKS-CLOUSER, Evergreen reporter February 9, 2021

A Faculty Senate member urged GPSA Senate to contact WSU’s student regent to oppose the proposal diverting $2-3 million annually from unappropriated funds to combat WSU Athletics’ debt crisis during...

One senator expressed concern about how ONEWSU could change WSU degrees and impact accreditation for students depending on the campus.

Faculty Senate shows concern for athletics budget, ONEWSU

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen reporter February 5, 2021

Faculty Senate members approved sending a letter of recommendation to the WSU Board of Regents raising concern about the 2021 athletics budget plan. Senators also expressed hesitation for the proposed...

The proposal would subsidize $2-3 million of Athletics’ costs for the fiscal year 2022 and beyond.

Faculty Senate continues athletics budget conversation

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen reporter January 22, 2021

Faculty Senate members called for feedback on their recommendation to reject WSU Athletics’ request for more funding from the university at the first senate meeting of the semester on Thursday. The...

Faculty Senators have been concerned about WSU paying Pac-12 annual membership fees starting in fiscal year 2022.

Faculty Senate resists million-dollar commitment to athletics

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter December 11, 2020

WSU Faculty Senators expressed concerns during a meeting Thursday that a proposed $2 million to $3 million commitment to help resolve the Athletics budget deficit could harm academic quality.  Budget...

WSU President Kirk Schulz said the university opened a new pharmaceutical startup called Athira Pharma.

WSU gains 3 percent less donations this year, regents say

JENAE LAXSON, Evergreen reporter November 16, 2020

The WSU Board of Regents discussed a decrease in donations made to the university and the possible reallocation of funds.  WSU received $38.7 million from donors and stakeholders, said Lisa Calvert,...

The university expects a revenue loss of $54.4 million, assuming WSU plays football, during the 2021 fiscal year. WSU will fully repay the debt over a maximum period of 10 years.

WSU Board of Regents approves financial plan

MICHELLE PAREDES STRONG, Evergreen reporter September 18, 2020

The WSU Board of Regents approved a financial plan for the university during its virtual meeting on Friday. WSU will not take out more than $30 million in loans. The money will go toward the $54.4...

WSU is still asking for full funding for the athletics budget. The athletics deficit has grown by $25 million, partly due to the loss of PAC-12 ticket sales.

WSU Board of Regents reviews financial impacts of athletics, COVID-19

MICHELLE PAREDES STRONG, Evergreen reporter September 18, 2020

The WSU Board of Regents discussed WSU’s previously-created financial plan and the athletics deficit during its virtual meeting on Thursday. Financial Planning  A new financial plan will help the...

The Cougar Pride Student-Athlete Alliance was created by a queer student-athlete. The group hopes to create educational programs to give to athletes and coaches to help break down stigmas towards the LGBT+ community.

WSU student-athlete creates group for LGBT+ community in athletics

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter September 15, 2020

A queer, WSU student-athlete founded an affinity group where she and other LGBT+ student-athletes come together and advocate for members in their community. The Cougar Pride Student-Athlete Alliance...

WSU Athletic Director Pat Chun said the university is waiting for the Pac-12 to make a decision regarding fall sports.

WSU waits to make decision about fall sports, athletic director says

CODY SCHOELER, Evergreen reporter July 25, 2020

WSU Athletic Director Pat Chun expressed cautious optimism for a fall sports season in September.  He feels good about the protocols and environment WSU Athletics has put into place to keep student-athletes...

WSU Athletics Director Pat Chun, left center, said the department's revenue will drop about $6 million. WSU President Kirk Schulz, far right, said he believes football will continue fall semester.

Board of Regents increases tuition; WSU Athletics faces $99 million deficit

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter June 29, 2020

The WSU Board of Regents approved the WSU Athletics Budget, increased student tuition by 2.5 percent, and made cuts to President Kirk Schulz’s salary during the virtual meeting on Friday.  Board...

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