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Oregon State Board of Higher Education
System Strategic Planning Committee
Room 238, Smith Memorial Center
Portland State University
July 20, 2001


Committee members present: Herb Aschkenasy, Shawn Hempel, Leslie Lehmann, Jim Lussier, Phyllis Wustenberg, Jim Willis

Chancellor's Office staff: Shirley Clark, Andy Duncan, Vicki Falsgraf, Ben Rawlins, Lynda Rose, Diane Sawyer, Diane Vines

Others: Kaja Brown (PSU-Vanguard newspaper), Martha Anne Dow (OIT), Neil Frost (PSU-Vanguard newspaper), Lesley Hallick (OHSU), George Kartsounes (OIT), Neil Kunze (SOU), John Minahan (WOU), Paul Risser (OSU), Bruce Shepard (EOU), Mary Kay Tetreault (PSU), Robert Vieira (OHSU), Dan Williams (UO)

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 8:01 a.m. by Chair Lehmann. She thanked Mr. Willis for his service and leadership as past Chair of the System Strategic Planning Committee. Suggesting a new approach to the agenda for the year, Ms. Lehmann asked Committee members to submit issues they think ought to be considered. These will be reviewed by everyone on the Committee, and then a calendar will be adopted at the next meeting.

Approval of Minutes

Ms. Wustenberg moved and Mr. Lussier seconded the approval of the June 8, 2001, Committee meeting minutes as submitted. The motion unanimously passed.

Consent Items

Resolution Regarding Classified Information for the U.S. Department of Defense, PSU

Board Secretary Vines briefly reviewed the docket item, which stated in resolution form that the Board agreed to recuse itself from access to secret materials from work being undertaken at PSU.

Agreement to Transfer Clinical Laboratory Science and Paramedic Education Academic Programs from OHSU to OIT

Vice Chancellor Clark explained the reasoning behind the transfer of the two allied health programs, noting that extensive investigation and planning had taken place concerning the move of programs to OIT. Viewing the transfer as an opportunity, OIT President Dow said that the institution was pleased to add the programs to its portfolio of allied health offerings. She explained that there would be some differences in how OIT manages the programs (i.e., scheduling and increasing the numbers of students), but that collaborative arrangements would continue with OHSU. This includes the programs remaining on site at OHSU for at least a year. Faculty who have consulted with the programs will continue to consult, and faculty who are direct providers of the program will ultimately be transferred to OIT.

Also noting the existing opportunity, OHSU Provost Hallick said that OIT was a logical partner in this transfer of undergraduate programs now that OHSU is focusing more on graduate-level education. "From an educational-philosophy perspective, and given the kinds of training that OHSU is trying to support, this is an ideal match," she said. She went on to say that, given the synergy between several programs at OHSU and OIT, staff are looking at the possibility of additional collaborations in the future. (Radiation therapy and sonography were specifically named.)

Mr. Lussier asked where the programs would ultimately be moved. President Dow explained that, for the physical lab and classrooms, staff is looking at space at both the Metro Center and the CAPITAL Center, but no decisions have been made.

Ms. Wustenberg asked for clarification on how students are integrated with OHSU's experiential component. Dr. Hallick explained that only a few students rotate into OHSU clinical laboratories, and the rest disburse to various sites throughout the state. Pointing out the incredible shortage in Clinical Laboratory Science programs, Dr. Hallick said that employers are eager to take these students.

Following up on a comment made by Dr. Hallick regarding future collaborations, Mr. Lussier asked for specifics. Dr. Dow said that, beyond the programs mentioned by Dr. Hallick, OIT is looking at the clinical lab area as well as bioinformatics.

Ms. Lehmann asked which institution would confer the degrees. Dr. Dow said that, based on the extensive collaborative efforts, degrees would be conferred jointly by OIT and OHSU, with OIT as the managing partner.

Mr. Lussier moved and Ms. Wustenberg seconded the motion to approve the consent items as submitted and refer them to the Board for final approval. The motion unanimously passed.

Follow-Up Reviews Conducted in 2000-01 of Selected Programs

Vice Chancellor Clark explained the review process, which was implemented by the Board in 1990 as a way to monitor programs five years after their inception.

Dr. Clark observed that the programs examined in 2000-01 were reviewed positively by students and faculty. She did, however, mention that staff will monitor a certificate offered by SOU that is associated with the anthropology program. The program itself and one other certificate seem to be doing well, but the certificate in cultural resource management is wavering. Saying that it should be an area of strong interest in the state, Dr. Clark said SOU will work to further promote the certificate program. Other programs pointed out by Dr. Clark included the environmental studies programs at UO, which have attracted many students, and a joint master's program in manufacturing engineering offered by OSU and PSU. She noted that the joint program needs attention to increase enrollments, and that Vice Chancellor Dryden is monitoring the situation closely.

Mr. Willis, specifically mentioning the cultural resource management certificate, asked how long a fledgling program is allowed to continue before a decision is made to drop or alter it. Dr. Clark indicated that institutions tend to be very patient, adding that success in attracting grants in such areas as archeology would be related in the future toward further involving students in cultural resource management. She said that students are taking the courses, but they are simply not persisting toward the certificate. Therefore, Dr. Clark said that the certificate program review period should be extended beyond five years, particularly since the anthropology degree and certificates were new to the University.

Ms. Wustenberg asked about the decrease in science credits for the environmental studies degree at UO. Dr. Clark said that she would obtain the reasoning behind that decision.

Status of the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Program

Briefly summarizing the annual report, Dr. Clark described OUS's history within the WUE program. She indicated that OUS is likely at its plateau, but that OUS is now a net receiving state, and not a net sending state as it has been in the past. With the new budget model, monies allocated for the program were decreased, thereby translating into a decline in the number of participants OUS institutions allow into the program. Ultimately, there is some question about continuing to apply state funds in support of the WUE program in the future, concluded Dr. Clark.


The Committee meeting adjourned at 8:31 a.m.