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As WSU Vancouver’s student populations change, campus leaders adapt, think big

Next up: residence halls

By Griffin Reilly, Columbian staff writer
Published: February 5, 2023, 6:05am
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Washington State University Vancouver's first residence halls would be located on the south end of campus, just off the winding road that leads visitors from the entrance. The halls, when finished, would be built into the slope facing the parking lot so as not to block panoramic mountain views for nearby homes.
Washington State University Vancouver's first residence halls would be located on the south end of campus, just off the winding road that leads visitors from the entrance. The halls, when finished, would be built into the slope facing the parking lot so as not to block panoramic mountain views for nearby homes. (Photos by Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Years ago, though still just in its adolescence as a small two-year university, Washington State University Vancouver started to think bigger.

How do we grow? How can we create a real sense of community on campus? What services do we need for the next generation?

While the COVID-19 pandemic added a whole new collection of questions, the acceleration of decadelong trends in student demographics are leading WSU Vancouver to consider how it can serve as more of a caretaker for its students — a role more typical of a residential four-year institution.

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