Toward the 21st Century

Oregon State is one of a select handful of prominent American universities leading the way in meeting the higher education challenges of the 21st century. The task is extraordinarily ambitious. It requires OSU to examine the strength of its roots as a land-, sea-, and space-grant university and to envision better ways of meeting its educational, research, and service missions within emerging technological frontiers of global scale and complexity.


The best universities of the 21st century will be markedly different from those of the past. In form, they will be less defined by convention and spatial perception as new technologies and techniques make possible the delivery of higher education on demand without regard to time, place, or age. In person, they will be populated by students more representative of a global society--more diverse in age, ability, income, origin, and culture than any generation previously known.

Oregon State's transformation has begun by focusing on major goals that stress continuous improvement in quality of and access to educational opportunity. Our achievements showcase a University that strives to be recognized for its top-tier academic reputation, for enriching the learning experience of its extended campus community, and for its unmatched value as a resource for all Oregonians.

To fulfill our goals in these areas, we must assure greater access to high-quality education for all Oregonians. We must overcome the financial barriers that deny opportunity. And we must provide a new variety of educational experiences to meet changing needs of the marketplace. The transformation that is required for recognition as the model land-grant university of the 21st century is successfully under way at Oregon State University.

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