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Higher Ed Board committee approves campus incentive funding for overall degrees and those for underrepresented Oregonians

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

PORTLAND, November 3, 2011 – The State Board of Higher Education’s Finance and Administration Committee met today to review incentive funding for degree production, fiscal status of Intercollegiate Athletics, the new state budget process, and new tuition setting guidance for campuses, among other items discussed.

Incentive Funding
Sona Andrews, OUS vice chancellor for academic strategies, described the proposed plan to provide $6.5 million over 2011-13 to reward and incentivize OUS institutions based on a performance model that supports the 40-40-20 educational attainment goals for the state. This is also related to OUS’ achievement compact with the state. One half of the funds will be allocated to the number of degrees awarded to Oregonians in 2010-11, both undergraduate and graduate, and half allocated for the number of degrees awarded to underrepresented minority and rural students from Oregon in 2010-11, both undergraduates and graduates. A total of 26 out of Oregon’s 36 counties are considered rural. Campus allocations for 2011-12 (about 49% of total of biennial funding) include the following: Eastern Oregon University = $220,423; Oregon Institute of Technology = $157,106; Oregon State University = $796,864; Portland State University = $890,050; Southern Oregon University = $195,714; University of Oregon = $638,391; and Western Oregon University = $222,262; for a total 2011-12 allocation of $3,120,810. The Board approved the incentive allocations as shown above and in greater detail in the Board docket.

New Budget Process
Jan Lewis, assistant vice chancellor for budget operations, led a discussion with Board members about the new state budget process in conjunction with the Governor’s “10 Year Plan for Oregon.” Changes include consideration of budget proposals within a 10-year framework; replacement of open-ended funding requests from agencies with a target allocation provided to an “outcome area and Buying Team” (probably the Oregon Education Investment Board for OUS); proposals will focus on delivering outcomes and creating efficiencies in operations and program delivery; and OUS will submit its budget request to the buying team which makes recommendations to the Governor, eliminating the analyst recommendation and agency appeal with the Governor.

In other action and discussion at today’s meetings, the Committee:

  • Accepted the Quarterly Management Report for September 30, 2011, as presented by Michael Green, OUS controller.
  • Accepted the OUS Report on Investments as of September 30, 2011, as presented by Michael Green, OUS controller.
  • Accepted the report on the Fiscal Status of Intercollegiate Athletics as of June 30, 2011, as presented by Michael Green, OUS controller.
  • Approved the Initial Guidance to Campuses for Tuition Rates for the Academic Year 2010-13 and Summer Term 2013, with the Chancellor or designated staff permitted to revise submittal deadlines as necessary; and approved delegation of the setting of residence hall room and board rates to the campuses, as presented in the Board docket.
  • Discussed the new operating and capital accountability framework to meet statutory changes within Senate Bill 242.
  • Approved the Policy on Legal Services which reflects changes related to Senate Bill 242, which authorizes the State Board of Higher Education to hire and retain attorneys for legal services and removes the Oregon Department of Justice’s authority to serve as legal counsel for the Board and OUS. The policy outlines requirements to ensure, to the extent practicable, that competent legal advice and services are provided to the Board, Chancellor’s Office, and each of the seven OUS institutions in the most efficient, cost-effective, accountable, and risk-conscious manner possible.
  • Discussed reduction options to be provided to the Legislative Fiscal Office to be available to legislative leadership and the Joint Committee on Ways and Means for consideration during the February 2012 session. LFO asked for three tiers of reduction scenarios, starting at the 3.5% holdback from the 2011-13 budget, then with two more tiers of an additional 3.5% each. 


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