February 19, 1999            

Contact: Bob Bruce, 503-725-5714
Higher Ed Board Modifies Post-Tenure Review Policy

CORVALLIS - There's a new and stronger linkage between pay and the performance of tenured faculty at Oregon's public universities.

In a new post-tenure review policy adopted Friday by the Oregon State Board of Higher Education, tenured faculty on all seven Oregon University System campuses will be evaluated periodically according to guidelines developed by the respective campuses. And those evaluations will "clearly link the level of remuneration to faculty performance."

The policy applies to faculty at Eastern Oregon University, Oregon Institute of Technology, Oregon State University, Portland State University, Southern Oregon University, the University of Oregon and Western Oregon University.

Post-tenure review guidelines are now in place on all the OUS campuses. Their purpose is to ensure "continued excellence" from tenured faculty, offer appropriate feedback and professional development to them, and provide accountability to the institutions, the Board and the public.

In other actions Friday, the State Board set admissions requirements for the 2000-2001 academic year, and approved a new M.S. degree in applied physics at Oregon State University and a specialization in counselor and special education as part of the existing doctorate in education program at Portland State University.

The 2000-2001 admissions requirements remain unchanged from 1999-2000 requirements. Freshman admission requirements for both Oregon resident and non-residents include evidence of high school graduation, a grade point average (GPA) ranging between 2.50 and 3.0 (varies by school), satisfactory completion of subject requirements in English, mathematics, sciences, social studies and a second language, and submission of standardized test scores.

Transfer admission requirements for Oregon residents include a 2.0 minimum GPA at PSU, WOU, EOU and OIT; 2.25 GPA at UO, OSU and SOU. Only UO adds to the requirement for non-residents. Non-residents must have a 2.5 GPA to transfer to UO.

During Friday's meeting at OSU, the State Board also received reports on the status of 1996-97 graduates, faculty productivity, the OSU Japanese Language Program, Y2K readiness, and both semi-annual and independent financial audit reports.




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