Contact:
Di Saunders: 503-725-5714; Cell: 971-219-6869;
diane_saunders@ous.edu

Source:
Bob Kieran, OUS assistant vice chancellor, research: 541-346-5758;
bob_kieran@ous.edu

Oregon University System enrollment at all time high of 101,393 students

The Fall 2012 Enrollment Fact Sheet is available here.

PORTLAND, November 8, 2012 – The Oregon University System (OUS) announced today that a record high enrollment of 101,393 students was reached for fall 2012. The increase reflects an influx of out-of-state and international students, and growth in high demand fields, such as engineering and healthcare, where targeted university investments continue to support an increasing number of students. Ten year enrollment growth for OUS continues to outpace national averages, increasing almost 23,400 students since 2002 – almost the size of another University of Oregon – with more than 19,100 of those just in the last five years. Oregon was recognized last year for having the highest 5-year enrollment growth in public postsecondary education of any state in the nation.

George Pernsteiner, OUS chancellor said, “A lot of credit is due to all of the faculty and staff at our public universities for continuing to successfully serve more students in the classroom and with support services that keep them in college in some very difficult budget times. More of our students are facing affordability and life challenges, are juggling work and college, and are returning to school after unemployment or after serving our country in the military. These are the students and the issues that we are focusing on to reach the state’s important 40-40-20 education attainment goals. Meeting this target is both an equity and an economic issue for Oregonians. We need the companies and the jobs that educated, diverse citizens draw in and keep in a state, and that help stabilize the economic flux that has kept Oregon from bouncing back.”

Oregon’s 40-40-20 goal, recently codified in law through the passage of Senate Bill 253, targets achievement levels in the state of 40% of Oregonians with a bachelor’s degree or higher, 40% with an associate’s degree or post-high school certificate, and 100% with a high school diploma and ready for work.

The ultimate outcome of increased enrollment over time is an increased number of degrees attained by OUS students. A record high number of graduates who departed the campuses this past June produced the result of a lower enrollment increase than seen in recent years. OUS awarded 20,209 degrees and certificates in 2011-12, an 8.1% increase over 2010-11, and an all time high for the system, with bachelor’s degrees alone totaling 15,492. This aligns with the movement of Oregon’s education system towards outcomes – degrees and successful graduates – as a way to measure student and statewide success.

Melody Rose, vice chancellor for academic strategies said, “University, community college and K-12 leaders, professors and teachers are working closely together to rethink how we deliver higher education so more people can enter, graduate and find great jobs. We are hopeful that the state will make an investment in Oregon’s college students in 2013 that will ensure that cost is not a barrier for them. We can’t afford to lose a generation of educated Oregonians.”

Enrollment growth (headcount) for the Oregon University System (OUS) in fall 2012 increased by 1,077 students with the most diverse and most qualified entering class ever to 101,393 students. This is a 5-year increase of 23.3%, keeping OUS on a trajectory just slightly short of what is needed to reach the state’s 40-40-20 goal by 2025.

Total OUS Fall Headcount and FTE Enrollment, 2012 Compared to 2011 (Fall 4th week)

 

Fall 2012

Fall 2011

Headcount Change

FTE Change

 

Headcount

FTE

Headcount

FTE

Number

Percent

Number

Percent

Eastern Oregon University

     4,208

  2,903

4,298

2,906

-90

-2.1

-2

-0.1

Oregon Institute of Technology

     4,001

  2,809

3,911

2,624

90

2.3

185

7.1

Oregon State University – Corvallis

    26,393

23,523

24,977

22,597

1,416

5.7

925

4.1

Oregon State University – Cascades

        801

    434

764

469

37

4.8

-35

-7.5

Portland State University

    28,731

20,226

28,958

20,459

-227

-0.8

-233

-1.1

Southern Oregon University

     6,481

  4,573

6,744

4,678

-263

-3.9

-104

-2.2

University of Oregon

    24,591

23,378

24,447

23,450

144

0.6

-72

-0.3

Western Oregon University

     6,187

  5,106

6,217

5,127

-30

-0.5

-21

-0.4

TOTAL

  101,393

82,953

100,316

82,309

1,077

1.1

643

0.8

Source:  OUS Institutional Research Services, Report ERTE-01 and ERCH-01, 10/30/2012.

 

NOTE: FTE totals may not add due to rounding.

Very robust growth was seen this year in both non-resident and international students. Out-of-state students grew 5.3%, continuing to show the attractiveness of OUS institutions to students seeking high quality academic programs. International student enrollment grew significantly by 17.5% in fall 2012 to an all-time high of 7,543 students, easily surpassing last year’s all-time high. Students from China accounted for much of the growth, with 945 additional Chinese students enrolled, primarily at Oregon State University and University of Oregon.

Undergraduate enrollment increased 1.6% to 85,494 students in fall 2012, compared to 84,126 students in fall 2011, fed primarily by the fifth straight year of growth in incoming transfer students at 1.0%. New resident undergraduates decreased 1.4% overall. The number of newly admitted freshmen (does not include transfers) increased slightly to 11,547 from 11,507 in 2011.

Graduate student enrollment decreased 1.8% to 15,899 students in fall 2012, compared to 16,190 students in fall 2011. Within that number, doctoral enrollment grew 4.1% showing some recovery from earlier years of slight declines, and Master’s enrollment decreased by 4.6%.

Student diversity continues to increase, with 23.3% of U.S. students in the OUS reporting their race/ethnicity as other than white, non-Hispanic. Hispanic/Latino students grew 8.6% in fall 2012; African American student enrollment increased by 2.5%; and Asian/Pacific Islander student enrollment was steady. Caucasian student enrollment decreased by 0.8%, and American Indian/ Alaska Native enrollment decreased by 6.9% countering almost the same percentage of growth last year.

Oregon University System (OUS) comprises seven distinguished public universities and one branch campus, reaching more than one million people each year through on-campus classes, statewide public services and lifelong learning. The Oregon State Board of Higher Education, the statutory governing board of OUS, is composed of twelve members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon State Senate. For more information go to: www.ous.edu