Utah State University's decision to close its computer science courses at Hill Air Force Base has removed the last area of competition between USU and Weber State College.

Officials from both schools say that should create a much greater opportunity for cooperation between the two northern Utah schools.USU is also closing down its office at Hill on March 9 and moving its downtown Ogden center from its former location on Lincoln Avenue to 2268 Washington Blvd.

The school will offer mostly graduate-level courses at the new center and continue offering master's degree courses at Roy High School.

Representatives from both schools say the end of competition between the two higher education institutions now opens the door for more cooperation.

"It's the best opportunity in 15 years for the two schools to work together," said Terry Teigeler, director of USU's Ogden Center.

"With the last vestige of head-to-head competition ended, we can have a complimentary working relationship," said Robert Smith, WSC academic affairs vice president.

Last year the two schools clashed when Weber State applied for permission to solely operate a master's of education degree program it had been operating jointly with USU. Utah State objected but the state Board of Regents approved WSC's request.

Teigeler said there are several reasons for closing the Hill Air Force Base campus and dropping the computer sciences bachelor's degree program, one of which is a similar program WSC recently began offering at Clearfield High School.