WSU Delays Academic Programs In Everett

By Anna King

Washington State University has scrapped plans to expand its academic offerings at a satellite college center in Everett. It blames budget uncertainty in the Washington State legislature. Colleen Kerr is the lead spokeswoman on the project for WSU. She says the university made the announcement Thursday because it can’t pull together the additional degree offerings planned to begin in August if funding isn’t secure.

Colleen Kerr: “And so students that would otherwise be able to head into a four-year program in Everett you know will have to wait another year, at least in those programs will have to wait another year until that opportunity avails itself.”

Kerr says she worries that the project at the University Center of North Puget Sound might lose momentum altogether, even though community support for the partnership with WSU has been strong.

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