OSU-Cascades and the Next Decade
Oregon’s newest university campus entered its second decade in 2011. With 1,640 alumni, record 14% enrollment growth, four new degree programs and increasing confidence from Central Oregon’s economic development, technology and cultural sectors, OSU-Cascades is an emerging success story for Oregon State University:
- Embarking on a 20-20-20 goal to create 20 academic degree programs and serve 2,000 students by 2020, OSU-Cascades finalized the purchase of its first wholly owned building, thanks to a generous gift of $800,000 from former City of Bend mayor Allan Bruckner. The new OSU-Cascades Graduate & Research Center is located in the heart of Bend.
- Internships, practicums and study abroad programs engaged 274 students with businesses, organizations and agencies in Central Oregon and around the world.
- Business student, scooter rider and entrepreneur Jarred Baker competed against seasoned entrepreneurs from the Pacific Northwest for a $10,000 Concept Award at the 2011 Bend Venture Conference.
- The same year the unique degree program launched, the Energy Engineering Management program was accepted as a pilot program into the Multiple Engineering Cooperative Program (MECOP), a competitive engineering internship cooperative.
- Community engagement presentations around science and research drew more than 1,200 Central Oregonians to learn of the work of faculty at OSU’s Bend and Corvallis campuses.
- A key proponent and champion in the creation of OSU-Cascades and a passionate advocate for higher education, Central Oregon leader and Oregon State Treasurer Ben Westlund was posthumously awarded the OSU-Cascades Community Service Award.