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Higher Ed Board committee approves new academic programs

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

PORTLAND, October 27, 2011 – The State Board of Higher Education’s Academic Strategies Committee met today to review and approve new academic programs for the University of Oregon, Oregon Institute of Technology, and Oregon Health and Science University, among other items discussed. 

  1. University of Oregon, B.A. in Folklore was approved. Students studying folklore at UO receive comprehensive training in scholarly approaches and methods for researching, documenting, and presenting traditional arts and cultural practices within the United States and abroad. The program is effective in Fall 2012.
  2. Oregon Institute of Technology, B.A.S. in Technology and Management was approved. This degree is designed specifically for students who have completed a technical Associate of Applied Science or Associate of Science degree and are seeking career advancement into management or in their technical career fields. The program is effective in Winter 2012.
  3. Oregon Health and Science University, M.S./Masters in Biostatistics was approved. This degree program will help to train and prepare current and future scientists, researchers and clinicians at OHSU, other educational institutions, and federal and state agencies that require support for interpreting data using current biostatistical methods. The program is effective in Fall 2011.

The Oregon University System 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; and for today’s Board Docket materials go to: www.ous.edu/state_board/meeting/dockets