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July 13, 2000

Contact:
Barbara Chamberlain, 509/358-7527, chamberlain@wsu.edu
Stacie Harris, 509/358-7528, siharris@wsu.edu
Winsor Schmidt, 509/358-7981, schmidtw@wsu.edu

Graduate Health Policy Program’s Admission to the WRGP Allows Residents in 14 Western States to Enroll at In-State Tuition Rates

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The graduate program in Health Policy and Administration at Washington State University Spokane has been admitted to the Western Regional Graduate Program. The admission allows residents from 14 western states to enroll in the HPA program at in-state tuition rates.

The WGRP region includes Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Programs nominated for admission to WGRP are subjected to an extensive peer review process by other graduate institutions in the western states. WGRP primarily admits innovative interdisciplinary programs that target the emerging social, environmental and resource development needs of the West. To be admitted into WGRP, a program must:

-- be of high quality and demonstrable strength in terms of faculty, curriculum, library or other resources, student enrollments and placements, and other factors.

-- be distinctive with respect to total program, specialization or resources and fill a need not met by the other programs in the participating states.

-- enjoy strong institutional support and the expectation of continued support.

The HPA program is the only program admitted to WRGP of the four health administration programs accredited by the Accrediting Commission on Education for Health Services Administration in the WRGP region. The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education Student Exchange Programs Advisory Council approved the admission.

For more information on the program, contact at hpa@wsu.edu   or 509/358-7987 or see the Web site at www.hpa.spokane.wsu.edu .

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