February 13, 2002

Contact: Bob Bruce, 503-725-5714

Audit Reports Top Higher Ed Board Friday Agenda

EUGENE - Audit reports on future fiscal concerns at Oregon State University and the status of intercollegiate athletic budgets at Oregon's three largest public universities tops the agenda for Friday's (Feb. 15, 2002) meeting of the State Board of Higher Education in Eugene.

Prior to Friday's regular 1 p.m. meeting of the full Board, four separate committee meetings are scheduled. All of the sessions will be held in the UO's Erb Memorial Union.

The Board's System Strategic Planning will meet from 7:30 to 9:15 a.m. in the Fir Room. On the SSP agenda is discussion of the Oregon University System's undergraduate admission policy for 2003-2004, an administrative reorganization that mergers two academic units into a new College of Health and Human Sciences at OSU, systemwide federal appropriations requests for 2003, OUS legislative proposals for 2003, and new degree program approvals.

Concurrently, the Board's Budget and Finance Committee also will from 7:30 to 9:15 a.m. in the EMU Ballroom. On their agenda are action items for the purchase of property at Oregon Institute of Technology and Portland State University and a report on the fiscal status of intercollegiate athletics at UO, OSU and PSU.

Both committees will meet jointly from 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. in the EMU Ballroom to receive a report from independent auditors Talbot, Korvola and Warwick on OSU's fiscal future, and to review OUS tuition policies. They will continue discussion as a Committee of the Whole from 12 to 1 p.m. in the EMB Ballroom on public higher education's participation in Oregon's economic development.

All of the meetings are open to the public.

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