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December 13, 1999           
Contact:     Bob Bruce, 503-725-5714

Summer Fees, Central Oregon Plans Top State Board Agenda

PORTLAND - The Oregon State Board of Higher Education will discuss tuition and fees for summer session 2000 and plans to expand higher educational services in Central Oregon during a meeting scheduled for Friday, Dec. 17, in the Smith Memorial Center at Portland State University.

Proposed are total increases ranging from 0.2 and 7.2 percent for undergraduates, and between 4.2 and 26.4 percent for graduate and professional students at Oregon's public universities. The amounts vary by campus, by academic level and by differential increases in health, technology and other resource fees assessed by individual campuses.

The adjustments are being proposed to bring the summer session rates in closer alignment with regular academic year rates, a change required by this year's implementation of a new student-driven, budget model for the Oregon University System. In previous years, summer session budgets on all Oregon public university campuses were totally self-supporting. Now the summer session program is an integral part of the institutions' state-assisted base budget.

Friday's meeting also will include a work session with members of the Central Oregon Regional Advisory Board. An advisory committee to the State Board, CORAB that has spent the past eight months developing plans to create a new upper-division university in Central Oregon within the next 10 years. Those plans will be outlined during Friday's discussion.

Other agenda items include a proposal to build a hazardous waste facility at Oregon State University, approval of new degree programs at Western Oregon University, election of Board officers, approval of salary increases for executive officers, and a briefing by Dr. Tom Potoiwsky, state economist.

Under a new format, both the Budget and Finance and Strategic Planning committees will meet to discuss respective agenda items from 8 to 9:30 a.m. The Budget and Finance Committee will meet in Room 327. The Strategic Planning Committee will meet in Room 238. The full Board will begin its meeting at 10 a.m. in Room 327. All meetings are open to the public.

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