Summary of Campus Changes

After July 1, 2014 all seven Oregon public universities will continue to collaborate with one another in many ways as they do now. The Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) will ensure effective partnering with our community college partners as well as between our universities so that student graduation and other outcomes are reached that will help the state meet the 40-40-20 higher education attainment goal.

University Governance

Beginning on July 1, 2014, OUS' three largest public universities -- Oregon State University, Portland State University, and University of Oregon -- will have their own institutional governing boards, and will no longer be governed by the State Board of Higher Education. This new model of governance for Oregon devolves strategy and decision making for Oregon's largest campuses to their leadership – institutional boards, the presidents, and their teams -- whose daily focus is on the needs of students and the campus. Campus information on the new institutional boards is available here:

Technical and Regional Universities (TRU)

The system's four technical and regional universities -- Eastern Oregon University, Oregon Institute of Technology, Southern Oregon University, and Western Oregon University -- will continue to be governed by the State Board of Higher Education through June 30, 2015, pending any legislative changes. There are State Board and legislative work groups studying future governance of the technical and regional institutions, and outside experts, such as Associated Governing Boards, will help the state determine our best options.

The primary governance models currently being discussed are a new consortium board, institutional boards for each campus, or affiliation with a larger campus. The process to determine the final outcome will be made by the State Board in collaboration with the campuses and the Governor, after spending the next year examining other state models of governance, hearing from our universities' many faculty, students and communities, and determining what will best serve students and the state of Oregon over the long term.

The Technical/Regional campuses contribute in significant ways to Oregon and its communities, so it is important that a deliberate process be used to determine the governance option that best serves students and the state. These campuses educate over 22,000 Oregonians a year, 85% of them residents; produce 4,500 degrees a year; have a combined economic impact of $500 million, and employ 6,600 Oregonians across the state.