BSU to Shrink Extension Campuses
BOISE, Idaho (KTVB) -- The largest institution of higher learning in Southwest Idaho is closing some of its locations. Boise State took a hard look at their budget, and will be phasing out several extension campuses. The university is phasing out classes at Mountain Home Air Force Base and Gowen Field and will eventually stop offering classes there altogether. More military families are choosing to take classes online. Meanwhile, demand for classes at the College of Western Idaho is growing. The growing popularity of those classes is also leading the closing of the extension campus in Meridian.
These changes come after the state-wide program prioritization at all state universities---a way for the Idaho State Board of Education to ask colleges and universities to make sure their money is going to the right places. It also shows changes to the student body at Boise State. There are still many nontraditional students, meanwhile the university has doubled its masters programs and added a doctoral program almost every year over the last decade.