February 18, 2000

Contact: Bob Bruce, 503-725-5714

OUS Admissions Policies Unchanged for 2001-2002

EUGENE -- Admissions requirements for entrance into Oregon's public universities will remain unchanged for the 2001-2002 school year.

The Oregon State Board of Higher Education approved continuation of the existing Oregon University System's admissions policies Friday.

Under the policies, freshman students planning to enter Oregon's seven public universities in Fall 2001 will still be required to show evidence of high school graduation and successful study in selected subject areas, including mathematics, science and English. They'll also need to demonstrate satisfactory academic performance.

Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, Oregon State University, Corvallis, and the University of Oregon require a grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 for freshman admission. Western Oregon University, Monmouth, and Southern Oregon University, Ashland, require a 2.75 GPA, while Portland State University and the Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls, require a 2.50 GPA.

Admission for transfer students also varies slightly by campus, with all applicants needing to meet specified course requirements.

In other actions Friday, the board:
  • Adopted a new permanent rule on fellowship leave for faculty. The rule allows institutions to pay employer contributions for health care to faculty on fellowship leave;
  • Approved a request to take the University of Oregon's Autzen Stadium expansion and renovation project to the State Emergency Board. E-Board approval of the $80 million expenditure limit is needed to initiate the project, which will be financed by private gifts;
  • Developed priorities for federal appropriations requests in Fiscal Year 2001. The list, including up to three priority projects for each campus, totals more than $25 million. Among projects on the list is renovation of the library at Southern Oregon University;
  • Adopted a series of legislative concepts to submit to the 2001 Legislative Assembly. If enacted as new legislation, the proposals would exempt limited donor information from public records, authorize liability coverage for student interns, allow OUS to self-insure for employee health benefits, increase student building fees in each of the next two biennia, provide health insurance coverage for all graduate students, de-couple the OUS optional retirement plan from linkage to Public Employee Retirement System rates, exempt municipal taxation of campus parking facilities, and allow the State Board to retain all interest on funds appropriated to or generated by campuses and permit OUS to retain proceeds from any leases of mineral or geothermal rights. A final proposal would authorize use of the name "Oregon University System" as one of the legal names used by the State Board;
  • Appointed Harv Forsgren, regional forester for the USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Region, to the Forest Research Laboratory Advisory Committee; and
  • Accepted plans to offer honorary doctoral degrees during June commencement at the University of Oregon and Oregon State University. UO plans to honor Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children's Defense Fund. OSU will honor civil rights activist Julian Bond and Portland art educator Gordon Gilkey.

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