WSU Westside to add satellite location

4:27:01 PM CDT - Wednesday, December 08, 2004

By Amy Geiszler-Jones

WSU's satellite campus is getting a satellite of its own this spring.

To help alleviate crowding until an alternative location can be determined for the WSU Westside campus at 7011 W. Central, some spring semester classes offered through the satellite campus will be held at Maize South Middle School, 3701 N. Tyler, according to WSU Westside director Celia Goering.

WSU is working on extending the lease for WSU Westside, currently located in a strip mall, until August 2005 until a new location for west-side classes is determined. WSU officials hope to announce plans regarding that location in the near future.

In the meantime, however, classrooms at Maize South Middle School will be used as overflow for some of the evening classes offered through WSU Westside.

"The Maize school district has been wonderful to work with," said Peter Zoller, associate vice president for academic affairs and research. The school district, which also participates in WSU's global learning efforts, is providing the facility free of charge.

Since opening 10 years ago, WSU Westside has seen phenomenal growth. The center started by offering 106 courses, generating 4,817 credit hours. By the 2003-04 academic year, it offered 246 courses that generated 16,103 credit hours. Most classes offered are geared toward freshman and sophomore students.

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