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Hope remains for additional late-legislative session funding to reduce or eliminate tuition increases

PORTLAND, June 21, 2013 – The State Board of Higher Education (the “Board”) today gave final approval for tuition rates effective this fall and through the 2013-14 academic year, averaging a 4.8% increase from the current year, for the seven Oregon University System (OUS) campuses and one branch campus.

Tuition Approval  Kirk Schueler, chair of the Board’s Finance and Administration Committee, and Jay Kenton, OUS vice chancellor for finance and administration, provided background on the tuition increases. Schueler said that while the proposed increases are lower than in recent years, they are still difficult for many of our students to absorb. Last month campuses made presentations to the Committee talking about the need for the increases, and heard from students on the impacts that increases have on their ability to stay in school, on their borrowing levels, and on access overall. The board understands the sensitivity of these issues to students and heard this in testimony both live and written last month. The Committee and the students have both discussed the impact that rising tuition will have on meeting the 40-40-20 goals and ensuring access for Oregonians. Several students provided testimony on the hardship that the tuition increases would have on their ability to be successful to degree, and the impact of continued borrowing to cover tuition costs.

In response to questions, interim chancellor Melody Rose noted that there is interest with leadership in Salem, should end-of-session funding be available, to reduce the level of these proposed increases; and should $50 million be provided, to freeze tuition for resident undergraduate students at current levels. After much discussion, the Board reluctantly approved the 2013-14 average tuition increases of 4.8%; and voted that, should additional funding be provided by the legislature, that tuition increases should be reduced accordingly(See below for a chart of the approved tuition and fee rates.)

UO Police Officers     Michael Gottredson, UO president, and Jamie Moffitt, UO vice president of finance, summarized the proposal to arm the UO Police Department. UO authority to establish a police department was provided by the Legislature and Board in 2011, and since then UO has worked on getting 14 police officers trained through the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. This is the same training required of all sworn police officers in the state of Oregon. The UO has gone through an extensive process of engaging campus and community stakeholders in numerous forums and through advisory groups since the approval to form a police force in order to move to the next step of arming officers. They have also involved leaders from the Eugene and Springfield Police Departments, Lane County Sheriff and District Attorney’s Office, local transit and utilities services, and various neighborhood and business associations. UO has developed operational policies with best practices from national organizations, including a UOPD Complaint Resolution Process. Nationally, 98% of U.S. public universities with at least 15,000 students operate a police department with sworn officers who engage in a full range of campus law enforcement duties.

Moffitt said that the bottom line is to ensure the safety of the entire campus community and the officers themselves. Arming officers enables them to carry out other enforcement activities, such as transporting arrested individuals, responding to incidences such as domestic violence, and being able to achieve much shorter response times for incidents. After some discussion and public testimony, the board unanimously voted to authorize the University of Oregon to arm its sworn police officers employed by the UO Police Department.

In other action and discussion at today’s and other recent meetings, the Board and/or its Committees:

  • Approved the Budget Settle-Up for Fiscal Year 2012-13 based on changes from fall 2012 expectations in enrollment, program mix and other factors, which changed allocations on all OUS campuses.
  • Approved the new Policy on Student Loan Debt Management and Outreach to help the growing number of OUS students who borrow and face challenges in the borrowing and repayment process, pending additional review of legal counsel to ensure appropriate policy language.
  • Heard an update on the results of the implementation of the internal bank relative to its stated goals and objectives.
  • Accepted the report on OUS contracting and purchasing with historically under-represented businesses.
  • Approved Campus Shared Services principles to be considered for any Shared Services entity developed in the future.
  • Accepted the Eighth Amendment to the 2008 restatement of the Optional Retirement Plan.
  • Heard a report on the OUS Climate Action Plan/Carbon Emissions Update.
  • Approved the following new academic programs, all effective in Fall 2013: PSU—MS in Global Supply Chain Management; WOU—BA/BS in Early Childhood Studies, Applied Baccalaureate in Gerontology, and Applied Baccalaureate in Psychology.
  • Approved Achievement Compact Targets for submission to the Oregon Education Investment Board.
  • Approved the ASC action agenda on initiatives to engage communities of color and share evidence based practices.
  • Discussed the OEIB Equity Lens vision of educational equity and excellence for all Oregon students, and the intersection with the OUS.
  • Discussed campus 40-40-20 strategies and moving forward on this agenda.
  • Reappointed OUS presidents Davies and Maples through June 30, 2015; and for Presidents Ray and Wiewel through June 30, 2016; and approved maintaining current salary rates for all presidents at 2012-13 levels.
  • Approved the repeal of the 1992 Tuition Policy remaining in the Board policies (housekeeping issue).

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For docket materials from today’s meeting, go to /state_board/meeting/dockets 


Oregon University System Tuition and Fee Rates for 2013-14 Academic Year

Annual Rates for RESIDENT UNDERGRADUATE Students for 15 Credit Hours

OUS University

Tuition Only

Tuition & Mandatory Fees[3]

Proposed 2013-14 Tuition

2012-13 Tuition

$ increase over        2012-13

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Proposed 2013-14 Tuition & Fees

2012-13 Tuition & Fees

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OSU-Cascades Campus[1]




































WOU average[2]









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[1] OSU has been maintaining a tuition plateau from 12 to 16 credit hours, i.e., charging the same tuition for any student enrolled between 12 and 16 credit hours. This results in students paying variable per credit hour rates, with some receiving up to a 25% discount from the standard per credit hour.  OSU is proposing a three year phase-out of the tuition plateau. The proposed structure for 2013-14 reduces the plateau to between 12 and 15 credit hours.

[2] WOU's Tuition Promise program guarantees that tuition rates for continuing students will not increase for 4 years.  The entering 2013-14 entering Promise rate is 7% higher than the prior year, but returning Promise students have 0% increase.  An additional base rate option that is 3.4% over last year’s entering rate will also be available for new students. This table averages the rates and the increases.

[3] Mandatory Enrollment Fees include Building, Incidental, Health Services, and Recreation Center/Student Union fees, most of which are recommended by student organizations and/or approved by student referendums.