PULLMAN — Washington State University is predicting lower freshman enrollment next fall, and school president Kirk Schulz says that’s a good thing.
Schulz made the comment in a State of the University address on Tuesday.
He says last year’s freshman class of 4,500 students was the largest in school history, which stressed out the system.
The Moscow-Pullman Daily News says the freshman class this fall is expected to be between 4,200 and 4,300 students.
Schulz was asked about the athletics department deficit of some $60 million. He says progress has been made in the past three years, reducing the annual operating deficit from $13 million to $7 million a year.
Schulz says the athletics budget is expected to be balanced by 2022 and then the school can attack the debt.