October 19, 2001

Contact: Bob Bruce, 503-725-5714

State Board Endorses Four Year Vet Med College

KLAMATH FALLS - Oregon's long-time ambition to develop a four-year College of Veterinary Medicine got a boost Friday, Oct. 19 when the State Board of Higher Education approved a plan to expand the current academic program and build a new facility for the expanded program by Fall 2004 at Oregon State University.

Oregon has discussed having its own four-year program for more than 25 years, said OSU Veterinary Dean Howard Gelberg.

Under the expansion plan, described by Gelberg, OSU will add faculty and expand enrollment by Fall 2004. Currently, OSU enrolls 36 new students per year. It students acquire only two years on the Corvallis campus and must travel to Washington State University to complete a four-year degree.

Once the four-year program is implemented, OUS will enroll 48 students in each entering class. The new program also will help to establish a mobile rapid response teach that can help Oregonians deal with outbreaks of food borne disease and environmental problems.

In other action Friday, the Board:

Adopted a new financial irregularities policy for the Oregon University System. The policy requires that all OUS employees report known or financial irregularities to their department manager and designated institutional administrator.

Approved three requests that will go to the State Emergency Board in November. The requests propose increasing the bond expenditure limits for projects at the University of Oregon, Oregon State University and Portland State University. Proposed are increases of $9.7 million for the UO's Autzen Stadium renovation project, $5 million for Oregon State University's new engineering building, and $4.055 million for construction of PSU's proposed Native American Center. All of the proposed increases will be funded by increased donor contributions to the projects.

Passed a resolution to include $30.2 million in Article XI-G Bonds and $128 million in Article XI-F(1) bonds for OUS projects in the State Treasurer's fall bond sale. New projects to be financed by the sale of state bonds construction of OSU's Veterinary Medicine Small Animal Hospital, PSU's Native American Center, the remodeling of UO's Allen Hall, Museum of Art and Straub Hall.

Approved a new bachelor's degree program in computational physics at Oregon State University; a new bachelor's degree program in family and human services at the University of Oregon, and new four new certificate programs. The new certificate programs will be offered by Oregon Health & Sciences University in human investigations at the postdoctoral level; at UO, graduate certificate in non-profit management; and at the undergraduate level by Southern Oregon University in business information systems and management in human resources.

Made permanent a new administrative rule on residence classification for armed services personnel. The rule allows members of the armed forces and dependents, age 23 and under, to obtain resident tuition rates for enrollment.

Approved a resolution to reissue about $30 million in bonds. Because of lower interest rates, the reissue will save OUS campuses about $5 million.

Confirmed the appointment of eight members to the Forest Research Laboratory Advisory Committee. New members include Bill Arsenault, Elkton; Martin Goebel, Portland; Dallas Stovall, Madras; and Ron Stuntzner, Coos Bay. Reappointed to a second three-year term were current members Dave Bowden, Debra Brosnan, Richard Hanson and Sara Vickerman.

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