March 23, 2000

Contact: Bob Bruce, 503-725-5714
Source: Holly Zanville, 541-346-5724

Oregon ONE Unveils Common Web Catalog for Campuses

EUGENE -- The sheer volume of programs and classes offered by Oregon's colleges and universities can overwhelm even the most dedicated of prospective students.

But Oregon ONE may soon change that forever. Beginning Monday, March 27, Oregon ONE will unveil the state's first comprehensive, Web-based catalog containing information on distance education courses, degree programs and services made available by 22 community colleges, independent colleges and public universities.

The new electronic gateway will enable thousands of prospective students of all ages to search in one place for the distance education courses, degree programs or services they want most.

Here's how it works. Information from the participating campuses has been electronically collected and stored in a regularly updated database within the Oregon University System main computer in Corvallis. The database is accessible via the Internet to any interested person.

Using a computer with Internet access, a prospective student needs only to call up the Oregon ONE Web site at Descriptive links then lead to an interactive selection page. There a prospective student can perform a personalized search to find the degree program, the course or the campus they most want to learn more about. Information about a range of services (for example: library, advising, registration, admissions, career information) also will be available at ONE.

"This is really the beginning of a 21st century way of delivering educational information to Oregonians," says OUS Chancellor Joe Cox. "Having 22 campuses involved in the initial effort is just a start. We hope every campus in the state will eventually participate and make its distance education offerings known and accessible to Oregonians through Oregon ONE."

Among the 22 schools listing courses or degree programs with Oregon ONE are Blue Mountain Community College, Pendleton; Central Oregon Community College, Bend; Chemeketa Community College, Salem; Clackamas Community College, Clackamas; Columbia Gorge Community College, The Dalles; Lane Community College, Eugene; Linn-Benton Community College, Albany; Portland Community College, Portland; George Fox College, Newberg; Marylhurst University, Portland; Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham; Western Baptist College, Salem; Eastern Oregon University, La Grande; Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls; Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology, Beaverton; Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland; Oregon State University, Corvallis; Portland State University, Portland; Southern Oregon University, Ashland; the University of Oregon, Eugene; Umpqua Community College, Roseburg; and Western Oregon University, Monmouth.

ONE is the acronym for the Oregon Network for Education, a statewide collaborative in postsecondary education. Funded by a multi-year grant from Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department Education, the project aims to increase access to college programs and services throughout the state.

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