July 15, 1999


An Executive Committee meeting of the State Board of Higher Education was called to order by Vice President Christopher at 3:33 p.m.


The following Executive Committee members were present:

Ms. Diane Christopher
Ms. Gail McAllister
Dr. Herb Aschkenasy (arrived at 3:50 p.m.)

Absent: Mr. Tom Imeson, who had a business conflict, and Ms. Phyllis Wustenberg, who had a family emergency.

Other Board members: Mr. Jim Lussier, Dr. Geri Richmond


Since a quorum of the Executive Committee was not present to approve the June 17, 1999, Executive Committee minutes, Ms. Christopher indicated they would ask for a motion to approve at the regular Board meeting the following day.


Chancellor Cox briefly reviewed the process for the goals/objectives discussion and called on President Risser to share his.

President Risser explained that he had seven goals and associated strategies for accomplishing them. He added that each goal is of equal importance, therefore the order did not speak to a specific priority. (The document he submitted that details his goals and objectives is on file in the Board's office.)

1. Increase enrollment of high-quality students, with a focus on students from Oregon.

Noting that 85 percent of OSU students come from Oregon, President Risser indicated that is where the focus on enrollment will remain for the coming year. Attracting financial aid for top students will be a priority for the president, as well as encouraging undergraduate research opportunities.

2. Increase cultural, ethnic/racial, economic, and geographical diversity among the students, staff, and faculty at OSU.

Crediting a comprehensive strategic plan, Dr. Risser said that applications to OSU by students of color are up 33 percent over 1998. He said that he intends to continue initiatives listed in his report, realizing the importance of his direct participation in campus activities.

3. Increase sponsored research and development programs, especially in partnerships with business and industry in Oregon.

In its status as a land grant institution, President Risser observed that this goal comports with OSU's mission. While the amount of sponsored research per faculty is noteworthy, Dr. Risser said that he plans to further cultivate partnerships in both the public and private sectors, both in- and out-of-state.

4. Expand involvement of constituencies in guiding directions of OSU education, research, and public service programs.

The quality of involvement and expectations for accountability will be priorities in this area, according to President Risser.

5. Expand involvement of OSU in all the significant policy issues in the state of Oregon.

"This is a very important, yet often unspoken charge to the University," remarked President Risser. He said that he felt his performance is often measured in terms of how successful these efforts are. Citing the recent success of the "Salmon Tabloid" that was distributed in newspapers statewide, Dr. Risser said that he intends to become involved in future efforts to ensure the full benefits of OSU will be realized.

6. Increase financial support for the University.

President Risser said that he felt it was important for OSU to have strong private fundraising efforts, in addition to its ongoing communication with the state's lawmakers regarding budgetary matters.

7. Increase the administrative efficiency of the University.

Two points were made by the president: (1) he felt that OSU already does operate efficiently and (2) OSU owes it to taxpayers to do so.

The Chancellor asked President Risser to further explain his plans and partnerships that he envisions regarding increasing sponsored research (#3) and increasing financial support (#5) for the University.

Dr. Risser explained that, in terms of sponsored research and development, most of OSU's work in the past has been done with agencies such as the National Science Foundation. Stronger ties are now being developed with prominent Oregon companies, including Hewlett-Packard and Tektronix. Opportunities are also being explored for other collaborative ventures with private industry, he said.

Turning to relationships with other institutions, President Risser said that an agreement was being signed with Southwestern Oregon Community College the following day. A fully transmittable program with Linn-Benton Community College is already in place, said Dr. Risser, pointing out that it is the only transfer connection of its kind in Oregon.

Ms. Christopher asked about fostering partnerships with OUS institutions. Dr. Risser replied that several exist, specifically naming those with OHSU, PSU, and UO. In terms of new partnerships, the president said that the areas of material sciences and bioengineering are growth areas.

Ms. McAllister inquired as to where the efforts in increasing financial aid and scholarships are being focused. President Risser said that while possibilities remain with federal agencies, there are some advantages to receiving monies from private sources.

Dr. Richmond asked if attention was paid to increasing enrollment of underrepresented groups in the sciences and engineering. President Risser replied that numbers were quite strong in the sciences, particularly biological. While not able to cite exact figures, President Risser said that he believed those enrollments have tripled in the past several years.

Mr. Lussier said that he believed partnering with other universities should be a top priority. Shifting to President Risser's fourth goal, Mr. Lussier asked if follow up was a component of his advisory council structure. Dr. Risser indicated that was a part of the role of OSU's advisory councils. He pointed out the Multiple Engineering Co-op Program (MECOP) board, which recently changed the overall curriculum and reviewed its procedures.

Ms. Christopher asked Dr. Risser what the Board could do to better assist him in his job. President Risser responded that the Board has been extremely helpful with the development of the new funding model, and that the support for him as president of OSU has been adequately provided.

Due to time constraints, Chancellor Cox agreed to reschedule his goal-setting session for the September 17 Executive Committee meeting.


The meeting adjourned at 4 p.m.

Diane Vines
Secretary of the Board

Tom Imeson
President of the Board