October 15, 2001

Contact: Bob Bruce, 503-725-5714

Higher Ed Board to Meet at Oregon Institute of Technology

EUGENE - The Oregon State Board of Higher Education will hold its first regular meeting of the 2001-2002 academic year Friday, October18 on the campus of the Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls.

Topping the agenda for Friday's meeting are discussion of campus presidential goals for the coming year, a review of plans to expand the College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University, and proposals to add several degree and certificate programs at Oregon's public universities.

As part of its visit to OIT and Klamath Falls, Board members also will hold a special Open Forum for campus and community leaders at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 in Room 208, Purvine Hall. They also will conduct an open meeting to gather public comment on the procedures they plan to use in searching for a successor to Chancellor Joe Cox. Cox has indicated plans to step aside from his position in 2002.

Prior to Friday's regular meeting of the full Board, three separate committee meetings also are scheduled.
The Board's System Strategic Planning will meet from 7:30 to 8:45 am. in the Mt. Bachelor and Mt. Ashland rooms of the College Union. On the SSP agenda is a proposed rule change that would make armed services personnel and their dependents eligible for resident tuition rates and approval of several academic programs. SSP priorities and issues for 2001-2002 also will be discussed.

The Board's Budget and Finance Committee will meet from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. in the Mt. Shasta Complex of the College Union. Their agenda includes discussion of a new systemwide policy on financial irregularities, consideration of three construction items for the November Emergency Board, a bond sale resolution, and purchase of a building for classroom use by Portland State University.

Proposed expansion of the veterinary program and campus presidential goals headlines the agenda for the Board's Joint committee meeting at 9 a.m. in the Mt. Shasta Room, College Union. The full board meeting is slated to begin at 11:45 a.m. Friday in the Mt. Shasta Complex.

All of the meetings are open to the public.

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