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University System Chancellor and OSU President to speak on higher ed reform at Portland City Clubs

Contact Di Saunders, Office: 503-725-5714; Cell: 971-219-6869 


Friday, January 21st, 12:15-1:15 pm

City Club of Portland, Friday Forum event: The Governor Hotel, 614 SW 11th Ave., Portland, OR

Governing and Funding Higher Education: The recent national recession, and changes in state resources over the last 20 years, has made it clear that reforms are needed in the way that Oregon funds and operates its system of higher education. Over the last 25 years the imbalance between state needs and state resources has fallen especially hard on higher education. Oregon University System leaders will outline the factors that have led the State Board of Higher Education to seek structural changes for Oregon public higher education, and its reform proposal for the 2011 Legislative Session that will focus on: raising the education level of Oregonians through student access and success, providing high quality, affordable education; conducting research to support a vital Oregon economy; and supporting development of a strong, diverse workforce, more companies and jobs, and vibrant communities throughout the state.

George Pernsteiner, Chancellor, Oregon University System (bio)
Ed Ray, President, Oregon State University (bio)

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For more information on the higher education reform proposal go to: /sites/default/files/news_and_information/files/Governance_FactSheet_v7_11-9-10.pdf

Oregon University System (OUS) comprises seven distinguished public universities and one branch campus, reaching more than one million people each year through on-campus classes, statewide public services, and lifelong learning. The Oregon State Board of Higher Education, the statutory governing board of OUS, is composed of twelve members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon State Senate. For additional information, go to www.ous.edu.

OSU is one of only two U.S. universities designated a land-, sea-, space- and sun-grant institution. OSU is also Oregon’s only university designated in the Carnegie Foundation’s top tier for research institutions, garnering more than 60 percent of the total federal and private research funding in the Oregon University System. Its enrollment of nearly 22,000 students come from all 50 states and more than 90 nations. OSU programs touch every county within Oregon, and its faculty teach and conduct research on issues of national and global importance.

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