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About Oregon State University: As one of only two universities in the nation designated as a land, sea, space and sun grant, Oregon State serves Oregon and the world by working on today’s most pressing issues. Our more than 31,000 students come from across the globe, and our programs operate in every Oregon county. Oregon State receives more research funding than all of the state’s comprehensive public universities combined. At our campuses in Corvallis and Bend, marine research center in Newport and award-winning Ecampus, we excel at shaping today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders.

OSU accreditation visit scheduled for April 27-29

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), one of six regional accreditation agencies recognized by the national Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

OSU’s next accreditation visit is scheduled for April 27-29, 2011. The comprehensive accreditation visit requires that the OSU develop a university self-evaluation report and organize supporting data for an evaluation team. The spirit of accreditation is the principle of continuous assessment and improvement. Thus, this process is an opportunity for self-examination and self-evaluation, to showcase OSU’s strengths, and to reflect on our challenges and how we address them in the future.

Previously, the comprehensive review to reaffirm accreditation of every institution was conducted every 10 years. OSU’s last full-scale accreditation was conducted in 2001, with an interim evaluation visit in 2006.

The NWCCU adopted a new process in 2009 and the cycle time is now seven years. The organization also adopted a new set of five accreditation standards to provide a framework for continuous improvement for institutions to follow in preparation of their self study. The detailed standards are published at: http://www.nwccu.org/Standards%20Review/Pages/RevisedStandards.htm.

A major element of the new standards is for the institution to develop a set of "Core Themes, Objectives and Outcomes" relevant to OSU’s mission. As a land grant institution, OSU is committed to teaching, research and outreach and engagement. The university's three core themes are:

Undergraduate Education. A fundamental pursuit of the university is to provide outstanding undergraduate academic programs that further strengthen performance and preeminence in the signature areas of distinction . To achieve this, the university strives to provide an excellent teaching and learning environment, and achieve student access, persistence and success through graduation and beyond.

Graduate Education and Research. Oregon State University is a Carnegie Doctoral/Research-Extensive University with Very High Research Activity. It is one of only two land, sea, space and sun grant universities in the United States. As such graduate education and research are essential components of Oregon State.

Outreach and Engagement is a process that involves discovery, validation and communication among learners. The focus of this theme is discovery and learning that involves those not residing on the main campus of Oregon State University.

Members of the public are invited to send comments regarding OSU’s qualifications for accreditation to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, no later than March 27, 2011. Signed comments will be forwarded to OSU, and to the evaluation committee, by the Commission. Comments should be sent to the following address:

  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, 8060 165th Avenue, Suite 100, Redmond, WA 98052-3981. Telephone: (425) 558 4224. Online: www.nwccu.org

A copy of the Commission's Policy A-5, Public Notification and Third Party Comments Regarding Full-Scale Evaluation, may be obtained from the Commission’s website (via the Standards and Policies and then Operational Policies links), or by phone at: (425) 558 4224


Chris Bell, 541-737-9361

OSU enrollment shows gains in minority, grad and int'l populations

CORVALLIS, Ore. – A record 23,761 students are enrolled at Oregon State University this fall – easily the institution’s largest class ever, university officials say. And while the university charted gains in every sub-group of students, it points to increases in the numbers of racial and ethnic minorities, international students, graduate degree seekers and domestic out-of-state students as major drivers of the growth.

OSU’s growth, in fact, helped drive an overall increase of 5.9 percent in the overall Oregon University System enrollment. Of the 5,380 additional students this year at the system’s seven institutions, 1,792 are at OSU, which saw growth of 8.2 percent. The university’s student “FTE” – measured by how many full-time students are represented in credit hours – grew by 1,634, the most of any campus in the system. No other university charted growth in excess of 1,000 FTE.

More Oregonians are now enrolled at OSU, the state’s land-grant university committed to serving Oregon students, than ever before -- 17,178. That’s a 3 percent increase over 2009, representing an additional 508 students. Oregonians now make up more than 72 percent of the OSU student body, and its 3,853 new Oregonian undergraduates were the most enrolled this fall at any OUS campus.

And at OSU Cascades, the university’s branch campus in Bend, enrollment grew to 678 this fall, an increase of 11 percent. FTE growth at the campus was the strongest from a percentage standpoint in the OUS -- 15.8 percent.

“More students than ever before are choosing Oregon State over the many other places where they might pursue their higher education career,” said OSU President Edward J. Ray. “We’re gratified by the faith they place in our university. And we’re particularly pleased with growth in a range of student groups that makes this university a richer community than ever before, with tremendous cultural, ethnic and racial diversity.”

OSU added 637 U.S. minority students, expanding that enrollment to an all-time high of 4,179. The 17.6 percent increase follows a jump of 16 percent last year. The majority of that growth came from Hispanic students, whose numbers jumped by 26 percent to 1,292. African American enrollment rose slightly to 325, while American Indian and Asian/Pacific Islander enrollments each experienced slight declines.

Graduate student numbers grew markedly, as well: Nearly 9 percent more are enrolled this year, with headcount at 3,618, 290 more than in 2009.

And though their overall numbers are smaller, international students grew by more than 38 percent this year to a total of 1,548, the highest ever for OSU and up markedly from the years following 9/11, when restrictive visa standards drove international enrollment down to roughly half this year’s total.

OSU’s “non-resident” population – students from the United States, though not from Oregon -- rose sharply, too, with an additional 1,284 students pushing the overall total to 6,583 – a jump of nearly 28 percent.

Even with its robust growth, OSU planned carefully to ensure that all students had access to the full range of academic and living services they needed to succeed and thrive. Though OSU residence halls are full and classes are at capacity, few problems have been reported in accommodating this year’s largest-ever student body.

Meanwhile, the university is renovating 50 classrooms this school year to modernize and expand facilities and has invested more than $3.5 million in core course availability and academic advising. It has also expanded a summer program initially designed for student athletes to the general student population, assisting students in their transition to the university.

OSU is also continuing its “Bridge to Success Program” for the third-consecutive year, combining state, federal and private funds to allow some 3,000 Oregon residents to attend the university free of charge. Two new programs at the OSU Bookstore are targeting textbook affordability, increasing the standard student discount and providing vouchers to cut costs of required first-year course books. The measures will result in a $1 million savings for students this school year.

“We take seriously our obligation to provide an outstanding experience for each student, knowing that they come here not only for knowledge, but during a time when they’ll create relationships and encounter new opportunities that will be important to them for the rest of their lives,” said Kate Peterson, OSU assistant provost for enrollment management. “As we continue to enhance our campuses to accommodate more future students, those are the values we keep in mind.”


Kate Peterson, 541-737-0759

'Rally at Pioneer Square' to launch new school year for OSU

PORTLAND, Ore. – Hundreds of new and current Oregon State University students will get an enthusiastic send-off for the academic year ahead in Corvallis from alumni, university leaders and other Beaver Believers as part of the “OSU Rally at Pioneer Square,” on Friday, Sept. 17, starting at noon.

Students will hear from Dean of Students Mamta Accapadi, head football Coach Mike Riley, the Power Pep Band and others, take part in prize drawings, see performances by the OSU Dancers and have access to booths highlighting various OSU offices and services. The event will be broadcast live by KPAM-860 AM and MC’d by morning show host Bob Miller. Benny Beaver will even be on hand and available for pictures with attendees.

OSU is holding the rally, in part, in recognition of the growing number of Portland-area students who are enrolling at OSU, especially high-achieving students, who for the second year in row are choosing OSU more so than any other university, according to surveys conducted by the Oregonian. In 2009-10, nearly 7,200 OSU students enrolled from Multnomah County and the four other Oregon counties comprising the extended Portland metro area, with hundreds more enrolling from just across the state line in Washington.

But while much of the event will be focused on students, alumni and OSU supporters are encouraged to be there, as well, said Cathy Marshall of the OSU Alumni Association.

“With Coach Riley giving students and fans a preview of what’s expected the following day for the game against Louisville, along with the opportunity to connect with other OSU alumni from the greater Portland area, this event will truly have something for everyone,” said Marshall.

Rally participants are encouraged to wear orange, and OSU organizers will ensure that the Square, often referred to as “Portland’s living room,” appears just as “Powered by Orange.”

There is no charge to participate in the Rally. Individuals who are unable to attend in person can still take part via a webcast of the event at http://www.ustream.tv/channel//powered-by-orange. For more information, call 503-553-3400.


Cathy Marshall, 503-553-3431

Head of OSU Valley Library and OSU Press to step down

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The woman who has headed the Oregon State University Valley Library for 14 years and the OSU Press for three years is retiring from both positions this fall, university officials have announced.

Karyle Butcher, the Donald and Delpha Campbell University Librarian and director of the OSU Press, will step down on Sept. 30. Under her leadership, the library transformed itself from a traditional university repository of books and journals to a campus information hub nationally recognized for its leadership in digital collections and for using the Internet to break down barriers that have historically limited public access to knowledge and learning. She oversaw completion of the $47 million Valley Library building project in the mid 1990s, and in the early days of the Internet, integrated information technology services into the library.

Among the Library’s many and more recent innovations under Butcher: In conjunction with the Institute for Natural Resources and the OSU College of Forestry, creation of the vast Oregon Explorer digital library; the launch of ScholarsArchive, which makes peer-reviewed journal material readily available to all online; participation in Flickr Commons, which makes historically important digital photography collections from some of the world’s leading libraries available via the popular Flickr.com website; and leading the OSU Press to unprecedented success in recent years, even as other academic publishing houses were shuttering.

Butcher, who began work at OSU in 1981 and was promoted to head librarian in 1996, holds degrees from OSU, the University of Southern California and Berkeley. She was named Oregon’s “Librarian of the Year” in 1998 and won the OSU Woman of Achievement Award in 1999. She has authored numerous scholarly publications, and among her professional activities beyond OSU, Butcher was the founding editor of the award-winning journal Portal: Libraries and the Academy and has been a member for 29 years of the American Library Association.

“Karyle has been a true leader during a time of unprecedented change in the way that university libraries collect and make available information,” said OSU Provost and Executive Vice President Sabah Randhawa. “Her legacy is a library that is organized for the 21st century, not one clinging to the practices and norms of the past.”

“The passion she has shown for her job and the care with which she has managed the Valley Library and OSU Press have set standards that many in academia could aspire to,” said Rebecca Warner, vice provost for Academic Affairs and International Programs. “Our faculty and students have benefitted tremendously from Karyle’s service, as has the greater community, thanks to her efforts to make our collections more publicly accessible. She will be missed.”

As further evidence of Butcher’s service, it was disclosed this week that she is the recipient of this year’s D. Curtis Mumford Faculty Service Award, which recognizes exceptional, ongoing and dedicated interdepartmental, interdisciplinary and inter-institutional service to the faculty and to OSU.  Warner said Butcher’s three nominators recognized how she exemplifies the spirit of this faculty-created award, which will be presented this fall as part of OSU’s annual University Day activities.

OSU’s main library, the Valley Library provides support to meet the informational, reference, and research needs of OSU's faculty, staff and students. Its collection comprises materials in all subject areas, containing more than 1.4 million volumes, 14,000 serials and 500,000 maps and government documents. Its Special Collections include the papers and many personal effects of two-time Nobel Prize recipient Linus Pauling and of Pulitzer Prize winner Bernard Malamud.

OSU will announce interim leadership for the Valley Library and OSU Press prior to Butcher’s September retirement, as well as search plans.


Karyle Butcher, 541-737-7300

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OSU holding media availability with NASA astronaut Don Pettit prior to commencement

Advisory: OSU holding media availability with NASA astronaut Don Pettit prior to commencement

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Media will have an opportunity to meet with Oregon State University graduate and NASA astronaut Don Pettit at a 9 a.m. media availability tomorrow (Saturday, June 12), immediately prior to the OSU commencement ceremony at 10:30.

Pettit, who will deliver the commencement address, will be available from 9 – 9:30 at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center, across the street from Reser Stadium. Media are encouraged to arrive early, as Pettit must leave by 9:30 to join the commencement processional.

Pettit, 55, is a veteran of multiple space missions, one including a six-month stay aboard the International Space Station. The 1978 chemical engineering graduate of OSU has served as an astronaut for the past 14 years and is recognized not only for his longevity and success in the space program, but his innovation in space, which has included such in-space inventions as the “zero-g” coffee cup. Pettit will also be awarded an honorary doctorate degree.

Media planning to attend the availability are encouraged to notify OSU News & Communication Services at 541-737-4611 or Todd Simmons directly at 541-737-0790, 541-230-4013 (mobile) or todd.simmons@oregonstate.edu.

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