The Utah State University Board of Trustees approved the creation of the School of Applied Sciences, Technology and Education within the College of Agriculture. The new school will be established next fall. USU Provost Ray Coward said the new school will provide an academic structure for applied technology classes within the university, bringing in programs from distance campuses, so they don’t “feel like step children,” Coward said. This is especially true of the career and technical programs at USU-CEU, which the new school will allow USU to more fully utilize. John DeVilbiss, USU spokesman, said USU has a goal of one day creating its own veterinary school, and this new technology school will provide a path to the veterinary goal. “We have to lay the foundation, have to have the vision,” DeVilbiss said. Currently, USU students interested in veterinary studies can study for two years at USU and finish their degree by taking two years of clinical classes at Washington State University. This $1.7 million partnership between USU and WSU was approved by lawmakers in March. USU administrators hope to have a self-sustained veterinary school at USU in the next ten years, DeVilbiss said.
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