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Board of Higher Ed Approves Raising Admission Standards,
Request for Sale of
$61 Million in Bonds for Capital Projects
PORTLAND, February 21 - The State Board of Higher Education (the "Board") today approved admission policy
changes for three Oregon University System (OUS) campuses, and authorized the System to request the sale of $61.3
million in bonds for capital construction and renovation, among other items approved or reviewed at its two day
meeting in Corvallis.
The Board approved policies today that will enable Oregon Institute of Technology
(OIT) and Portland State University (PSU) to increase their high school grade point average (GPA) requirement from
2.50 to 3.00 beginning with the 2004-05 academic year. Students with lower GPAs will need to have SAT or ACT scores
or other indicators that demonstrate their potential for success. These admission standards were discussed extensively
with student groups, academic deans and enrollment management teams, and reflect campus enrollment trends and the
qualifications needed for students to be academically successful. University of Oregon (UO) affirmed setting its
minimum GPA for entering freshmen at 3.25 beginning in the upcoming 2003-04 academic year (previously approved
by the Board) and received approval to increase the number of high school subject requirements from 14 to 16 beginning
with the 2004-05 academic year.
"We will continue to work with Oregon K-12 schools, our public universities and the Department of Education
on the long term transition from using traditional admission criteria, such as GPA and SAT results, to PASS, the
proficiency-based admission standards system," said Richard Jarvis, chancellor of the state's public universities.
Current OUS admission policy gives students the option of using PASS proficiency "scores" to meet certain
subject-area requirements, along with GPA and SAT results. "Our ultimate objective is to move PASS from providing
an extra advantage to students during the admission review process to being the required standard for undergraduate
admission," added Jarvis.
Also voted on today by the Board was approval to request the State Treasurer to
issue $61,330,500 of bonds to finance capital construction and renovation projects on five OUS campuses. The issuance
of these Article XI-G bonds are part of a sale currently planned by the State Treasurer for May 2003 and have been
authorized by the State Legislature or the Emergency Board of the State Legislature.
Projects recommended for the bond sale include: (1) Regional Agricultural, Health and Life Sciences Building at
Eastern Oregon University (EOU) for $14.4 million; (2) Veterinary Medicine Small Animal Hospital at Oregon State
University (OSU) for $4 million; (3) Northwest Engineering Science Center at PSU for $26.5 million; (4) Library
expansion at Southern Oregon University (SOU) for $10 million; and Museum of Art Addition & Alteration at UO
for $6.3 million.
At the System Strategic Planning Committee meeting, the Board discussed possible quality indicators - such as student
retention and graduation rates, and faculty related indicators such as research grant awards and sponsored programs
- that could be used to track quality at all OUS institutions. The Board continues to discuss the implications
for quality as enrollments have continued to increase and state appropriations continue to decrease.
Also at today's meeting, Oregon Student Association (OSA) vice chair, Andy Saultz, asked the Board to address the
issue of shared governance with students on OUS campuses. Board chair, James Lussier, said that the executive committee
would take OSS's proposal under advisement and report back at the April Board meeting.
In other action at today's and yesterday's meetings, the Board:
- Approved the annual financial statements for 2001-02 that were issued without
qualification; and to assess the assignment of audit review and oversight to the Budget and Finance Committee.
- Approved amendments to Internal Management Directives 1.305(1) and 2.001(1) that
delegate authority for the establishment or elimination of schools and colleges to the Chancellor. Establishment
or elimination of programs will continue to be reviewed and approved by the Board.
- Approved PSU's request to complete the sale of two campus properties for $625,000
to Broadway Housing LLC, a corporation affiliated with the PSU Foundation; and to enter into a Housing and Academic
Services Agreement with Broadway Housing to build, own and operate the building in accordance with PSU's needs
for student housing, academic and ancillary retail space; and to request the Chancellor and Board to acknowledge
that the PSU Foundation has established a limited liability corporate affiliate for the purpose of providing student
housing services to PSU. This $49 million project will add almost 400 student-housing units on campus.
- Approved authorization for OIT to accept the transfer of the A.A.S. degree in
Emergency Medical Technology from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), effective immediately. OHSU will
continue to participate in a joint role.
- Approved authorization for the vice chancellor of finance and administration,
or designee, to seek an additional $2.2 million of Other Funds limitation from the Legislature for additional costs
associated with the OSU Veterinary Medicine Expansion Project.
- Approved the OSU Intercollegiate Athletics Department Fiscal Status Report of
- Authorized the following new programs at OUS institutions: (1) OSU: M.A. in Applied
Ethics; (2) SOU: B.A./B.S. in Early Childhood Development; (3) PSU: M.A./M.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies.
- Authorized awarding of Honorary Degrees at June 2003 commencements by OSU to William
McDonough and James Poirot; and by PSU to Kathryn Harrison.
- Received and approved, as required, reports on: (1) tuition surcharge rates applied
to students at OUS institution as a result of state mandated budget reductions; (2) the history and status of Fee
Remissions at OUS institutions; (3) the OUS Fiscal Year 2004 Federal Appropriations Funding Requests, Agencies
and Accounts; and (4) an update on Proficiency-based Admission Standards System (PASS).
Oregon University System (OUS) comprises seven distinguished public universities,
reaching more than one million people each year through on-campus classes, statewide public services and lifelong
learning. The Oregon State Board of Higher Education, the statutory governing board of OUS, is composed of eleven
members appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon State Senate. For additional information, go to www.ous.edu