April 17, 2002

Contact: Bob Bruce, 503-725-5700

State Board Meets Friday at OHSU

PORTLAND - Approval of plans to construct a new student housing facility at Oregon Institute of Technology tops the agenda for a meeting of the State Board of Higher Education this week in Portland.

The Board will hold a series of committee meetings prior to its 10:45 a.m. Friday, April 19 full board meeting. All sessions will be held on the campus of Oregon Health & Science University, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road.

A special work session of the Board's System Strategic Planning Committee will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 18 in Rooms 358/64 of OHSU's School of Nursing. The work session will focus on long-range policy planning and will be moderated by David Longanecker, executive director of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.

The SSP Committee also will meet at 8 a.m. Friday in Room 602, School of Nursing, to discuss next steps in the planning process. Other items on the agenda include approvals for new certificate and degree programs, plus a new report on the diversity within the Oregon University System.

The OIT housing plan is on the agenda for the Budget and Finance Committee, which begins at 8 a.m. Friday in Rooms 358/64, School of Nursing. Because of recent campus growth, the university is seeking to construct a new student housing facility and to renovate a current housing facility. OIT currently has only one residence hall. The project would house about 124 students in two- and three-bedroom apartment units, plus another 101 students in a suite arrangement. Cost of the new construction is estimated at $8.4 million with an additional $2 million to be spent on renovation.

A process for developing the Oregon University System's 2003-2005 biennial budget request will be discussed during a Joint Committee meeting at 9:15 a.m. in Rooms 358/64, School of Nursing, and presidential compensation will be on agenda for the 10:45 a.m. full meeting in the same location.

All of the scheduled meetings are open to the public.

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