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W.S.U. Leaders Unveiling 4-Year University Draft Plan

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PASCO, Wash. --  W.S.U. Tri Cities leaders are unveiling plans to turn the now two year university into a four year university.      Thursday night at Columbia Basin College was the second public forum to talk to about the four year implementation plan.      School staff are getting ready to begin accepting freshmen and sophomores for the fall of 2007.      They say W.S.U. Tri Cities will offer students a wider variety of opportunities to pursue higher education.      Right now one of the biggest priorities is recruiting. "We've contracted for 35 fulltime freshman for fall 2007 and 50 for fall 2008.  So one of our biggest tasks obviously is to go out and recruit those folks and have them come to W.S.U. Tri Cities and start their four year degree," said W.S.U. Chancellor David Lemak.       Another priority right now is designing the curriculum and courses, most of which will be core courses for the freshmen and sophomores who'll be able to choose from 17-different degree programs. The goal in five years is to have 500 new freshmen starting at W.S.U. Tri Cities, just like W.S.U. Vancouver now.