December 21, 2001
Contact: Bob Bruce, 503-725-5714

OUS 2001 Report Card Shows Overall Performance Gains

PORTLAND - Oregon's public universities are continuing to show overall performance gains in 10 targeted improvement areas according to the Oregon University System's 2001 institutional report cards.

The new report card, described Friday to members of the State Board of Higher Education, shows aggregate improvement for 6 of the 10 indicators that be aggregated to the system level.

Aggregate improvements show recent graduate satisfaction up 18 percent; gift, contract and grant expenditures up 14.5 percent; degree production in technology shortage areas up 11.8 percent; new Oregon freshmen enrollment up 5.1 percent; bachelor's degree completion rate up 4.9 percent; and total unduplicated headcount enrollment up 3.6 percent.

Freshmen persistence, an important focus of initiatives on the OUS campuses, did not show aggregate improvement for 2000-01. Freshmen persistence is already high at several institutions with many OUS institutions making strong gains in the 1999-00 reports that were sustained in 2000-01. OUS campuses are continuing to examine the conditions that influence freshmen persistence and make adjustments in programs and services as the resources permit.

The aggregate calculations were made using data reported in 2000-01 compared to data reported in 1999-00 from all seven Oregon public university campuses. Institutions set individual performance targets for five of the indicators.

"We think that the accountability process has been useful in focusing attention on key indicators of public higher education's performance," said Nancy Goldschmidt, OUS associate vice chancellor for performance and planning, who analyzed the data and developed the report card. "Since our first report three years ago, our campuses have continued to show strong improvement and responsibility for using resources to attain the Board's goals.

"Public universities in Oregon are charged with providing access, ensuring quality programs, and being cost effective. We view these goals as an invitation to find better ways to serve the public interest."

The next step in the accountability process will be to review campus performance against these improvement targets. Chancellor Joe Cox will announce the performance incentive awards to campuses that achieved these targets at the February Board meeting.

OUS has been working to develop and refine performance measures for its public universities since public university presidents first explored the idea of demonstrating greater accountability in 1993. Currently tracked are 14 indicators, 12 of which are common to all the campuses. The additional 2 indicators are unique to each campus and are tied to their strategic directions and opportunities.

Oregon is one of approximately 37 states using performance measures in some way to inform the public about higher education and demonstrate progress toward targeted goals.

In other action Friday, the Board:

. Approved summer session rates for Oregon's public universities. Tuition will increase by less than 3 percent while the total cost of tuition and fees will range from 2.1 to 3.87 percent higher among campuses. Oregon resident undergraduates will pay between $1,015 to $1,188 for 12 credit hours of summer classes. At the graduate level, a 9 credit hour load will range between $1,309 to $1,788.

.Authorized the University of Oregon to complete the purchase of an office building at 299 E. 18th Ave. in Eugene. The building, to be purchased for $850,000, will be used for the UO's Early Childhood Coordination Agency for Referrals, Evaluations and Services (EC CARES), a program that provides special educational services to more than 1,200 children each year. Final purchase details are subject to approval by the OUS Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration.

. Selected Korn Ferry International to provide consulting services to the search for a new chancellor. The firm will assist in identifying and providing background information on candidates. Board member Jim Willis of Salem will serve as chair of the search committee.

. Increased the salaries of all seven OUS campus presidents by 3 percent in 2002. The increase is comparable to that awarded faculty. In addition, President Phil Creighton of Eastern Oregon University and President Dave Frohnmayer of the University of Oregon will receive $5,000 bonuses for outstanding performance during the past year.


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