WSU President Elson Floyd delivered good news about enrollment and tuition

PULLMAN, WA - Enrollment is up, and tuition rates will stay the same for next school year at Washington State University.

Reporter Rachel Dubrovin brings us the highlights of Friday's Board of Regents meeting on the Pullman campus.

It's a fairly quiet day here at Washington State University as students finish up their finals and get ready for summer. But the Board of Regents had a lot to go over Friday morning during their last meeting of the year."

"We are ahead of pace from last year," said WSU President Elson Floyd.

WSU President Elson Floyd delivered some good news about enrollment. He said more freshmen are signed up to live on campus, and more students are enrolled in the Freshmen Orientation Program.

"We have every belief that we will meet our enrollment targets, and exceed them this coming year," said Floyd.

With more students coming to WSU, the regents agreed to keep tuition rates the same for the upcoming school year. It's the second year in a row they decided not to increase tuition at all.

"We simply can't price out students," said WSU Board of Regents Chair Constance Niva.

WSU Regent Ryan Durkan explained how the university is dealing with its Title IX compliance investigation by the US Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights.

"We are not waiting for the outcome of the investigation to take action," said Durkan. "Our legal counsel reviewed with us a number of steps that are already underway here at Washington State University to make sure that all of out students feel safe."

The regents also approved the $1.2 million purchase of a piece of property that neighbors the WSU campus. The building houses Zoe Coffeehouse and Pub... and WSU student Lauren Abbott started a petition to prove how much Cougs love this coffeehouse.

"That petition ended up getting 3,725 signatures and those are just the ones I've counted," said Abbott. "She wants the university to maintain a lease with the business and either keep it in the building, or find another place for it on campus.

"We hear you, both as an administration and as a board," said Floyd. "So thank you very much."

The regents also discussed the importance of the seven year contract extension for President Floyd. Now he will be leading the university until the year 2021.