Inspired by land grant mission, state flag, OSU’s new logo emphasizes far-reaching service

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University unveiled a new institutional logo and branding Monday that pays homage to OSU’s nearly 150 years of service as Oregon’s statewide university and its mission as a 21st-century land grant university.

Along with the logo and branding, Oregon State rolled out a creative marketing campaign entitled “Out There,” which emphasizes the expansive reach and relevance of the university’s statewide, national and global impacts.

The logo and branding were unveiled today during the Celebrate Oregon State event in Corvallis, with similar events planned for Wednesday in Portland and for May 3 in Bend.

“Oregon State University’s new institutional logo celebrates OSU’s near 150-year legacy of excellence in teaching, research, and outreach and engagement,” said Steve Clark, OSU’s vice president for University Relations and Marketing.

The new logo and its academic crest tell a unique story about the university’s mission as a land, sea, space and sun grant institution. On the new logo, a beaver (the state animal, as well as OSU’s mascot) sits atop an academic crest. Inside the crest, a tree and an open book represent knowledge. The three stars represent OSU’s three campuses in Corvallis, Bend and Newport, while also referencing Oregon as the 33rd state in the union. Finally, the year 1868 denotes OSU’s founding. The new look also offers a nod to the state of Oregon shield that is portrayed on the state flag. The crest also represents the geography of the state of Oregon.

Oregon State’s new institutional logo replaces the current orange “OSU” logo that was created in 2003. The OSU athletic logo remains as it has been since 2013.

“Establishing a refreshed visual identity with a powerful and cohesive look and feel was needed to represent the brand of the entire university,” Clark said. “This branded logo portrays the promise and product of Oregon State: high-quality teaching, research and community engagement. It also portrays a personality of a university that indelibly serves Oregon and Oregonians with a statewide mission.

“The personality traits of Oregon State and members of Beaver Nation are gritty, determined, confident, collaborative, visionary, conscientious and welcoming,” Clark said.

“OSU people are out there working throughout Oregon and around the world, determined to innovate, solve tough problems and create a future that is better, healthier, more sustainable and more just for all. The new branding reaffirms our mission to serve all Oregonians while expanding the impacts of our teaching, research, and outreach and engagement.”

Clark said universities worldwide increasingly utilize logos and branding to portray their unique identities, promise and personality.

“It is essential in the 21st century that Oregon State’s logo and brand convey the quality, relevance, leadership and access to higher education that OSU provides all Oregonians and increasingly the nation and the world,” Clark said.

For its new logo, Oregon State teamed with Pentagram, the world’s largest independent design consultancy. Pentagram’s experience in higher education includes working with the University of Southern California, Columbia University and Loyola Marymount University.

Meanwhile, OSU developed its refreshed brand positioning in collaboration with Ologie, a leading branding agency with extensive experience in higher education. Their clients include the University of Arizona, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame.

University Relations and Marketing staff and its consultants spoke with hundreds of faculty, students, prospective students, alumni, donors and other stakeholders about how they see Oregon State and how they believe the university should be represented. Those thoughts became the basis of the new logo and the refreshed branding that will change how the university looks on the web, in print and on signage.

No tuition or state funds were used to create the logo and the accompanying branding. Proceeds from the sale of licensed university merchandise and contributions from the OSU Foundation paid for this work, Clark said.

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OSU Board of Trustees finalizes tuition increases amid lagging state support

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Board of Trustees on Friday approved tuition and mandatory fees for the 2017-18 academic year.

Tuition will increase 4 percent for Oregon resident undergraduate students and 2 percent for non-resident undergraduates on both the Corvallis and OSU-Cascades campuses. 

This is one part of a university-wide strategy to manage shortfalls in state funding and significant increases in state-mandated employee retirement and benefit costs. As part of this plan, 25 percent of the value of the undergraduate tuition increases will be dedicated to need-based financial aid. Increases were also made in tuition for graduate students.

OSU President Ed Ray has informed trustees that the university will:

  • Manage expenses in a fiscally prudent and sustainable manner, including reducing expenses annually by $20 million;
  • Invest in specific priority strategies, including efforts to increase graduation and retention rates through the Student Success Initiative;
  • Recruit and retain quality faculty and staff members;
  • Grow student enrollment in online learning, at OSU-Cascades and in other programs;
  • Emphasize student financial aid strategies;
  • Develop new revenue streams; and
  • Continue to engage in high-quality and impactful teaching, research, and outreach and engagement.

 Trustees considered tuition proposals after months of work by a university budget committee comprised of OSU faculty, staff, students and administrators. That work included engagement of a student advisory committee and input from more than a dozen university community meetings.

The meeting was a continuation from a March 17 board meeting in which trustees heard testimony from nearly two dozen students, as well as a staff and faculty member.

Board Chair Pat Reser said the tuition and budget decisions considered by board members were very challenging given the “heartfelt comments shared with the Board of Trustees in March by students regarding the challenges they face in affording the cost of tuition.”

Reser said the board must also balance tuition pressures and the university’s mission to provide students a high-quality, transformative education.

“I think that students who come to Oregon State University come with expectations,” Reser said. “They expect to get quality instruction and they expect to work with top researchers.”

Ray agreed there are no easy choices.

“Unfortunately, we will be forced to make hard choices while contending with much higher state-required employee benefit costs and an unacceptable continuing decline in higher education support from the state of Oregon,” he said. “I did not propose larger tuition increases despite pending budget shortfalls because I realize that many students are heavily burdened already with student loans and other concerns. Our students should not bear the brunt of covering an anticipated shortfall in state funding for higher education.”

The board vote was 13-1 in favor and also gave approval to:

  • Increase Corvallis campus graduate resident tuition by 1.6 percent and non-resident graduate tuition by 4.5 percent;
  • Adopt several 2017-18 tuition and fee changes for specific programs, such as the Honors College, the colleges of pharmacy and veterinary medicine, and summer term; and
  • Increase Ecampus base tuition rates by 4 percent.

“Large tuition increases cannot sustain the mission of the university, much less its financial health and strategic priorities,” Ray said.

Ray noted that Oregon State weighs a number of factors when considering tuition and fee increases, including affordable access to OSU; projected cost and revenue changes; enrollment and enrollment targets; and comparisons of tuition rates with peer institutions.

“When analyzing undergraduate tuition rates at peers such as Washington State University, Ohio State University and the University of Wisconsin, OSU compares favorably,” Ray said. “Among schools in the Pac-12 conference, Oregon State has the second-lowest resident undergraduate tuition rate and the fourth-lowest non-resident rate.”

Tuition represents about 70 percent of OSU’s academic budget. Another 20 percent of the budget comes from the state, and other revenues such as grants make up the balance.

Inflationary cost increases contribute to about 40 percent of the need to raise tuition. The increase in tuition rates will cover roughly 20 percent of the university’s total cost increases.

A little more than 75 percent of OSU’s tuition revenue supports salary and benefits for Oregon State faculty, staff, graduate assistants and student workers. The rest covers supplies, equipment, classroom materials, utilities, insurance and other non-personnel costs.

Board members said they recognize long-term, predictable increases in state support for higher education are unlikely.

“The impact of flat state funding on resident students is significant,” Ray said. “It can have lasting economic impact on individual students and on the entire state. We need the Legislature to step up and properly fund higher education. Meanwhile, we will do our part through transparent fiscal management, expense control, new revenue generation, enrollment growth and philanthropy.”

Ray committed that if any additional state funds were provided, OSU would direct that funding to student success initiatives and emergency financial aid grants to help keep financially at-risk students in school.

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Oregon State University announces plans for arts and education complex

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Building on a decade of investment in the arts, Oregon State University leaders announced plans today for a new arts and education complex on the Corvallis campus. The initiative will expand and enhance the existing LaSells Stewart Center, bringing together music, theater, digital communications programs and the visual arts to form a center of creativity infused with science and technology.

The lead gift of $25 million comes from an anonymous donor and launches an effort to raise an additional $5 million in gifts for the project. With $30 million in private support, the university will seek future approvals for $30 million in state bonds, providing a total of $60 million for the arts and education complex. 

“This is a watershed investment in our university,” said OSU President Ed Ray. “The arts drive the culture of creativity, innovation and diversity that is essential to a thriving research environment. I believe with all my heart that a relationship with the arts is integral to the human experience. In addition to enhancing our strengths in the sciences, this initiative will enrich the education and life preparation of all our students. We owe a boundless debt of gratitude to this generous donor.”

Expected to open in 2022, the OSU arts and education complex will feature performance spaces including a new concert hall and a revitalized auditorium as well as a smaller black box theater that can be configured in multiple ways for performing and teaching. The facility also will contain classrooms designed for a media-rich environment; practice rooms and spaces for choir, symphony and band rehearsal; shop space equipped for work with sound, lights, animation and video; faculty offices and seminar rooms. 

“The arts and education complex is the next major step for OSU’s development as one of America’s great land grant universities,” said Larry Rodgers, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “At OSU we are especially interested in how art intersects with science, humanities and technology. This facility will build on these connections, transforming the way our students and our community learn, perform, innovate and communicate.”

“I am certain this new complex will join other iconic facilities that stand as testaments to the lasting impact of philanthropy on our campus – Valley Library, Austin Hall, Reser Stadium,” said Mike Goodwin, president and CEO of the OSU Foundation. 

Goodwin noted that a turning point took place in early 2013 when a donor made a $5 million challenge gift to advance OSU’s performing arts programs. By the end of the year, 26 individuals, families and organizations had made gifts of at least $25,000 each. These philanthropic commitments and others resulted in more than $8 million to support scholarships, faculty, facilities, equipment and other programs in OSU’s School of Arts & Communication. This momentum in support of OSU arts programs continues to grow. In fact, over the last two years, donors have nearly doubled the amount of scholarships available for vocal music students.

Opened in 1981, the current LaSells Stewart Center has over 1,660 event bookings annually, attracting more than 150,000 attendees for academic and research conferences and cultural offerings. The Stewart Center’s 1,200-seat Austin Auditorium is often sold out for campus and community musical performances and presentations.

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Larry Rodgers, 541-737-4581, Larry.Rodgers@oregonstate.edu; Molly Brown, 541-737-3602, molly.brown@osufoundation.org

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Beaver Nation assembles in Salem for ‘OSU Day at the Capitol’

SALEM, Ore. – Salem will take on a decidedly orange hue Thursday, April 20, for OSU Day at the Capitol as Beaver Nation assembles to meet with legislators on matters important to OSU and higher education in Oregon.

Those who plan to participate in the day’s activities should register by April 12.

The event will allow OSU students, alumni, faculty and staff to highlight the impact that OSU has on the economy and people of the state. OSU has more than 164,000 alumni; serves the state through campuses in Corvallis, Bend and Newport; and maintains a presence in all 36 counties through the OSU Extension Service, Agricultural Experiment Station, and Forest Research Laboratory.

OSU supporters are invited to join students, alumni, faculty, staff and state government officials for a reception from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Galleria of the Oregon State Capitol building. As part of the reception, Benny Beaver will be on hand to pose for photos.

Earlier in the day, displays on OSU educational programs and research projects will be set up in the Galleria starting at 8 a.m.  The OSU Meistersingers and String Quartet will offer an invocation on the House and Senate Floors, respectively.

The OSU ROTC Color Guard will post the colors in both chambers. OSU’s College of Pharmacy will offer a Health Fair with blood pressure and blood glucose screenings with Pharm.D. students. The Café at the Capitol will offer a 10 percent discount for those wearing orange and black.

For more information about OSU Day at the Capitol, visit government.oregonstate.edu/osu-day-capitol.


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Charlene Alexander named vice president and chief diversity officer at Oregon State

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray has named Charlene Alexander to serve as the chief diversity officer and a vice president for the university.

Alexander, associate provost for diversity at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, will start at OSU on June 30. She will succeed Angela Batista, who has served as OSU’s interim chief diversity officer and vice president since February 2016.

“I created this position to oversee institutional change and strategic initiatives to help advance Oregon State University as a community characterized in all we do by inclusive excellence,” Ray said. “I’m thrilled that Charlene will bring her talents and capabilities to Oregon State.”

Alexander will be responsible for guiding institutional diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice throughout the university, Ray said. She will report directly to the president.

“I am very honored to be the first permanent vice president and chief diversity officer at such an incredible institution,” Alexander said. “OSU is deeply committed to its students, faculty and staff and I look forward to building on the excellent work already underway at the university.

“I am very impressed with the faculty, staff and students whom I met during my visit to OSU. I think the university has a really great foundation to build on, and I sincerely appreciate OSU’s commitment to doing this right, to ensuring that diversity, inclusion and social justice are at the heart of the university.”

Alexander has served for nearly four years as Ball State’s associate provost for diversity and director of the university’s Office of Institutional Diversity. In her 20th year at Ball State, she is also the interim associate vice president for community engagement.

Under Alexander’s leadership, Ball State established its first Diversity Advisory Committee which in turn developed the university’s first Diversity Strategic Plan.

Before becoming associate provost, Alexander directed the School Counseling Program in the Department of Counseling Psychology, where she has been on the faculty since 1997. Her history of leading diversity and inclusion initiatives dates to 1990, when she was a doctoral student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Alexander earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and a master’s in counseling and guidance from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She received a doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Alexander said her “conversations with President Ray really were what sold me on this opportunity; his vision and goal of increasing diversity confirmed my understanding of the university’s commitment.”

“He is absolutely someone I want to work for – so self-reflecting and so understanding of this important mission. And I enjoyed my meetings with so many wonderful people throughout my visit to campus.”

Alexander sees Oregon State as a “destination” university.

“I feel that about the campus and about the community, and I look forward to working with the many groups on campus as partners,” she said. “I appreciate that there are seven cultural centers, six of them free standing, architecturally unique symbols and wonderful examples of commitment to culture.”

Alexander’s long-term vision for Oregon State is that, “Any visitor to the university can ask anyone on campus if diversity and inclusion and social justice really are important at Oregon State, and no matter who they speak to, they’ll receive a look of astonishment and the answer will be, ‘Yes, of course they’re important.’

“The folks that I’ve met are all eager to get started,” she said. “In my opinion, all the right ingredients are in place to move forward with our diversity efforts, and I’m ready to be part of that culture and to take on this new responsibility.”

Alexander grew up in Trinidad, West Indies, and completed her advance level studies at Rye St Antony in Oxford, England. She enjoys dancing and the outdoors.

“Don’t be surprised to see me joining in wherever dancing is occurring,” Alexander said.

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Mass vaccination clinics a success, work continues with OSU meningococcal program

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Clinics at Oregon State University’s Corvallis campus on March 8-9 vaccinated more than 1,800 students against type B meningococcal disease.

Officials say the clinics were a success, adding to about 650 vaccinations that had already been administered by OSU Student Health Services since last fall, and many more by local pharmacies and private physicians.

Work will continue to encourage vaccinations for the entire target group of 7,000 students considered at highest risk for this disease.

The mass vaccinations were necessary due to three cases of type B meningococcal disease involving OSU students within the past four months. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, those at highest risk include students age 25 and younger, who live in on-campus housing or are members of – or visit – fraternal living groups associated with the university.

“This was an excellent start in our efforts to vaccinate at-risk students and protect community health,” said Steve Clark, OSU vice president for university relations and marketing. “We’re going to continue our communication and outreach to students who have not yet been vaccinated and make sure they, and their families understand the importance of this two-part vaccine regimen, and that there’s still time to be vaccinated.”

Students can still receive the vaccines at the Student Health Center, Clark said, or through their medical providers.

For those not yet vaccinated, officials suggest that the university’s upcoming spring break could provide an opportunity to visit personal medical providers for students who may be traveling home. This may facilitate insurance coverage if the insurer requests that they get their vaccine in-network.

Health officials have recommended that all students be aware of the symptoms of this potentially fatal infection, which can include high fever, stiff neck, rash, headaches, exhaustion, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Anyone who exhibits these symptoms should immediately visit Student Health Services in Plageman Hall on campus, at 108 S.W. Memorial Place, or call 541-737-9355. Student Health Services is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For after-hour resources, immediately go to a nearby urgent care medical clinic or hospital emergency room.

While meningococcal disease is not highly contagious, it is transmitted through direct contact with droplets from coughing or sneezing; other discharges from the nose or throat; by sharing of eating and drinking utensils, smoking devices; or through intimate personal contact.

More detailed information about meningococcal disease can be found at the web site of OSU Student Health Services, at http://bit.ly/2nn0ekW

At the vaccination clinics, all students who received the vaccination were given wallet cards with vaccination details, such as the brand and potential side effects; and advised about follow-up steps that included clinics in mid- to late-April for the second dose required to ensure full effectiveness.

These clinics are a joint effort of OSU, the Benton County Health Department and the Oregon Health Authority.

“Every person who chooses to get vaccinated decreases not only their own vulnerability to this disease, but also helps to protect all of Beaver Nation,” said Charlie Fautin, deputy director of the Benton County Health Department. “If you have had one shot, don’t forget to complete your series in April. If you missed these clinics, go to Student Health Services or your provider and get started now.”

Insurance coverage complexities caused some delays for students at the clinics, but officials said no one was denied the vaccine due to insurance coverage, including students without insurance. OSU will continue to work with students and health partners to ensure that cost of the vaccine is not a barrier.

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OSU’s College of Liberal Arts to offer four-year graduation guarantee to incoming students

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University’s College of Liberal Arts will guarantee that students can earn a bachelor’s degree in four years beginning with the freshman class entering college in fall 2017.

The College of Liberal Arts is the first college at OSU to offer a four-year degree completion guarantee. Under the program, if a student meets their obligations but still cannot get through all of their needed courses in four years, the college will pick up the cost of OSU tuition for the remaining required classes. 

The goal is to encourage more students to complete their undergraduate degrees and to do so in a timely fashion, which also helps reduce overall college costs for students.

“The guarantee we are offering CLA students exemplifies our dedication to their success,” said Larry Rodgers, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “We are offering students who sign up for the degree all the support they need to graduate in four years. We are happy to be the model for the rest of the university and our hope is that eventually a program like this will be available at other colleges at OSU.”

The College of Liberal Arts is the second largest college at OSU, with 17 undergraduate degree options, 3,917 undergraduates enrolled in fall 2016 and 972 undergraduate degrees awarded in 2016. However, of those students who entered college in 2011, only about 43 percent graduated in four years.

College leaders hope the new degree guarantee will boost that rate significantly. The changes also should lead to higher six-year graduation rates and help the university reach the goals of the Student Success Initiative, which includes a goal of 70 percent of students graduating within six years by the year 2020. 

To participate in the four-year graduation guarantee program, new students must:

  • Declare a major in the College of Liberal Arts by the end of the first quarter of freshman year
  • Meet with a designated adviser at least twice a year and follow their progress recommendations
  • Each year, earn at least 45 credits that fulfill degree and college requirements
  • Stay on track with financial obligations such as tuition

Embedded in the degree guarantee program is a shift in philosophy toward first-year students. 

In the past, academic advisors were encouraging first-year students to start with 12 to 14 credits in their first term of college. But now advisors will encourage students to take 15 credits per term starting with the first term, said Louie Bottaro, director of student services for the College of Liberal Arts.

“We have research that tells us that students who take 15 hours from day one are more likely to succeed than those who take fewer classes and plan to ramp up to 15 later,” Bottaro said. 

Advisors will meet more often with students – currently they meet at least six times with students but that will jump to eight to 10 times or more during the student’s college career. The goal of those meetings will be to ensure that students have the information they need to stay on track, are getting the appropriate classes and receive regular updates about their progress toward their degree, Bottaro said.

Regular monitoring also will help better predict which courses students might need access to in order to graduate on time, so that enough seats are available or sections can be added to address student needs, Bottaro said. 

Students who fail a class, accidentally take the wrong course or decide to change majors may need to take additional steps, such as taking a summer class. For some majors, such as music and graphic design, students must begin their major course work in their first term on campus in order to complete a degree on time.

If students do fall off course, they may not be eligible for the four-year degree guarantee, but advisors will continue to work with them to help them achieve their goals as expediently as possible, Bottaro said. 

“Ultimately, our goal is to help students reach their academic goals and complete their degrees,” he said. “This new degree guarantee is one way to assist with that process, but we are committed to meeting students wherever they are in their academic plan.”

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Louie Bottaro, 541-737-0561, Louie.bottaro@oregonstate.edu

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OSU president calls on Oregon Legislature to prioritize state funding for higher education

PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray today called on the Oregon Legislature to change course and make state funding for higher education a priority.

“We are at a crossroads, and the path we take will determine the state’s future and the future of all Oregonians,” Ray said during his annual State of the University Address that drew 750 people to the Oregon Convention Center today.

“Oregon’s disinvestment in higher education must not continue. After being adjusted for inflation, our state’s support for higher education has declined 21.7 percent since 2008 – 20 percent more than the national average rate of decline.”

Ray called on Gov. Kate Brown and Oregon legislators to “make college students and their future a priority for this state.”

In his speech, Ray also announced that the OSU Foundation had committed to raise $150 million to support Oregon State’s Student Success Initiative that aims to grow student access to Oregon State and increase substantially student retention and graduation rates by 2020.

Ray reported that the OSU Foundation has already raised more than one-third of its goal, money that will bolster the Student Success Initiative by supporting scholarships, student experiential learning “and other programs that will help all students reach their full potential.”

Without increased state funding, Ray said, student tuition may likely be increased by as much as 9 percent or more at some of Oregon’s universities; educational quality will suffer; and student programs will be cut.

“This impact is landing on the backs of students and their families as tuition now pays 66.9 percent of the cost of Oregon State’s Corvallis campus educational operations and the state only 21.4 percent. This represents more than a 50 percent decline in the state’s contribution from 15 years ago. And a 43 percent increase in the share that student tuition pays.”

Ray said Oregon’s seven public university presidents are seeking a $100 million increase in state operating funds for the 2017-19 biennium and that Oregon State is asking for $69.5 million in state bonding to continue expanding the OSU-Cascades campus in Bend – $49.5 million more than proposed by the governor.

Ray rolled out the Student Success Initiative one year ago, calling on the university within four years to make an OSU degree an affordable reality for every qualified Oregonian.

The initiative included by 2020 raising first-year retention rates for all undergraduate students to 90 percent; raising six-year graduation rates for all undergraduate students to 70 percent; achieving higher completion rates for all groups of graduate and doctoral students; and ensuring that every OSU student has at least one experiential learning opportunity such as an internship or study-abroad experience.

“I am all in for the Student Success Initiative,” Ray said. “As a first-generation college student myself, this is personal, and I am committed to double down and deliver. There is nothing worse for any student than to leave college without a degree – and for the only piece of paper they can show to be a bank statement from their student loan debt.

“While all of our graduates represent the future of Oregon, the nation and the world, it is simply not acceptable that some students have opportunities and others do not.”

Ray said that without requested state bonding, OSU-Cascades’ second classroom building will not open until 2023 at the earliest.

“That the Oregon Legislature would delay serving the demand for higher education in the fastest-growing region in the state is not credible,” he said.

“In 2025 OSU-Cascades will contribute $197.8 million in total annual economic output throughout Oregon,” Ray said. “Campus operations and construction activities will support $72.7 million in annual employee compensation and be responsible for 2,083 jobs across the state. This will result in an additional $3.43 million in annual state income taxes.”

Ray said in 2034, with 5,000 students, OSU-Cascades’ operations and construction activities will contribute $273.7 million in total annual economic output; $98.6 million in annual wages; 3,662 jobs across the state; and $4.83 million paid in annual state taxes.

“I know that Central Oregon residents would say they have waited long enough for a four-year university,” he said. “I hope that all Oregonians will agree that this university campus and its statewide benefits are long overdue.”

In his address, Ray said that 2016 had been another year of notable achievements for Oregon State. Among these:

  • The university in the fall opened the OSU-Cascades campus in Bend, Oregon’s first completely new college campus in a half-century, by dedicating Tykeson Hall;
  • Also in the fall, OSU opened Johnson Hall, the new, $40 million home of the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, and broke ground on the $65 million Oregon Forest Science Complex;
  • Grant-funded research at Oregon State totaled a record $336 million, a 9 percent increase from 2015, which had also been a record year;
  • The U.S. Department of Energy awarded OSU up to $40 million to create the nation’s premier test facility for wave energy;
  • Enrollment exceeded 30,000 students for the third year in a row, and more than 6,700 degrees were awarded to OSU’s largest-ever graduating class;
  • For the third year in a row, U.S. News and World Report ranked OSU’s online Ecampus undergraduate programs among the nation’s best – this year with a No. 8 ranking.

Ray also noted that Oregon State’s robotics program, ranked best in the western U.S. and fourth in the nation, has 11 of the country’s top robotics faculty who work with 100 graduate and undergraduate students in “demonstrating how robots and artificial intelligence can operate in the real world.”

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OSU Board of Trustees adopts 10-year business forecast, fossil fuel divestiture

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Board of Trustees on Friday adopted a 10-year business forecast to serve as a framework for the university’s long-term planning and operational management.

The forecast includes strategic cost management and revenue initiatives, a capital forecast and a projection of the university’s key financial ratios. Strategic opportunities for revenue growth include a variety of new, non-traditional programs. These include offering expanded professional degrees and certificates; non-credit courses; and courses or credential programs offered online.

Trustees learned Oregon State’s enrollment and revenue projections are closely tied to the build-out of the OSU-Cascades campus in Bend, as well as the continued growth of OSU’s online Ecampus program. The Bend campus is forecasted to serve approximately 4,000 students by 2027, while Ecampus is expected to double its full-time enrollment to 12,500 students over the same period.

“The long-term forecast is a dynamic tool that the university will use to identify areas of opportunity, priority and concern that may lie ahead,” said OSU President Ed Ray. “This framework will help effectively inform the Board of Trustees and university administrators to guide OSU moving ahead over the long term.”

Trustees also approved a framework to guide the board when considering policy changes in how university funds are invested. The evaluation framework requires that a request for an investment policy change aligns with the university’s mission and core values, and includes:

  • The rationale for the proposed request;
  • Consideration of financial impacts;
  • Consideration of any legal constraints;
  • Consideration of sustained and broad concern from a variety of university communities over a significant period of time; and
  • Demonstrate that stakeholders, who have generated the resources being invested, have been engaged in developing the request.

Trustees voted 11-0 – with two members recusing themselves – to approve an amendment to the Public University Fund Investment Policy that calls on the fund to divest its current intermediate and long-term assets in fossil fuel-related investment securities and restrict future investment of Public University Fund assets in fossil fuel-related securities. The Oregon Treasurer’s Office manages the Public University Fund on behalf of OSU and five other state public universities. About 1.7 percent of the fund presently is invested in fossil fuel-related securities. This amendment will be communicated to the other five universities that make up the Public University Fund.

Trustees voted to amend the university’s capital plan to approve a $12.75 million renovation of Hewlett-Packard Building 11 on the company’s Corvallis campus.  Building 11, which Oregon State leases, houses OSU’s Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Institute, a collaboration among OSU researchers and private industry plus startup companies driven by OSU research. The Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI), a multi-university and private sector collaboration funded by Business Oregon, the state’s economic development agency, also has its main office in the building. Nearly 27,000 square feet of the building is unimproved and available for build-out and increased economic impact.

The investment in renovating the building will allow Oregon State’s College of Engineering to accept a five-year, $15-million grant from the National Network for Manufacturing Initiative.

The board heard a report from Becky Johnson, vice president for OSU-Cascades, on options to expand the Bend campus to meet the university’s goals to enroll 3,000 to 5,000 students.

One option is to develop a 56-acre campus, which includes OSU-Cascades’ existing 10-acre campus and an adjoining 46-acre site that the university owns. The second option incorporates these two parcels and an adjacent 72 acres owned by Deschutes County that has been used for decades as a demolition landfill.

Johnson told board members that acquiring this property and remediating the landfill would provide space for surface parking, athletic fields, and solar power arrays while also creating an opportunity for an innovation district.  The university would utilize recycled and remediated material from the landfill in developing the campus, and offer experiential learning opportunities for students.

The board also approved a 6 percent increase in compensation for the university president, effective Jan. 1. The increase reflected the results of an annual review and 360-degree evaluation of Ray by the board.

“In Ed Ray, we have a leader who has propelled this university forward,” said Pat Reser, chair of the Board of Trustees. “The sage wisdom that comes from this university president is sought out over and over again – even nationally. Leadership matters, and it needs to be recognized and rewarded.”

Ray said he would continue to contribute any raises that he receives to student scholarships, academic programs and student success initiatives.

The board’s Academic Strategies Committee approved a new undergraduate program in geography and geospatial science in the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science. Sponsors of this academic proposal said employment in the geospatial workforce is the second-fastest growing job sector in the U.S. economy. The state’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission must approve this new academic program.

Board members heard presentations on the university’s budget for fiscal years 2017-18; the Legislature’s budget-setting process; and the process that the university is undertaking to evaluate and recommend a 2018 budget and tuition levels for the next academic year. Budget Director Sherm Bloomer outlined the ongoing, multi-month process that includes the University Budget Committee, a Student Budget Advisory Council, the OSU Provost’s Council, Faculty Senate and other groups. The board will consider final budget and tuition proposals at its March meeting.

During two and a half days of meetings, trustees heard presentations on:

  • OSU’s research enterprise, including four research programs, centers and institutes;
  • The university’s collaboration with the city of Corvallis on initiatives related to livability; high-risk student behaviors; transportation; and parking;
  • Efforts to advance equity, inclusion and social justice initiatives at Oregon State;
  • Plans to update OSU’s strategic plan and vision statement;
  • A 2017 legislative session update;
  • The university’s freedom of expression principles and protest philosophy; and
  • A status report on academic programs and accreditations in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

During public comment on Wednesday and Friday, the board heard from a number of students on tuition; divestment of OSU assets in fossil fuel-related securities; and the location of the Marine Studies Building in Newport.

The board held an executive session pursuant to Oregon law to conduct deliberations with those designated by the governing body to negotiate real property transactions and to consider information exempt by law from public inspection.

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Steve Lundeberg, 541-737-4039


OSU Board of Trustees revises agenda for Jan. 20 meeting

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Board of Trustees will meet on Friday, Jan. 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Horizon Room of the Memorial Union, 2501 S.W. Jefferson Way on Oregon State’s Corvallis campus. The meeting is open to the public.

The board’s agenda has been revised to include a presentation on a potential acquisition of real property. The board will also hold an executive session pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(e) and 192.660(2)(f) (ORS 192.501(6), ORS 502(9), ORS 40.225) to conduct deliberations with persons designated by the governing body to negotiate real property transactions and to consider information or records exempt by law from public inspection.

The agendas and meeting materials will be posted as they are available at http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/trustees/meetings. If special accommodation is required, please contact Marcia Stuart at 541-737-3449 or marcia.stuart@oregonstate.edu.

Media Contact: 

Steve Lundeberg, 541-737-4039