April 20, 2001

Contact: Bob Bruce, 503-725-5714

New Branch Named "Oregon State University-Cascades Campus'

MONMOUTH - Oregon's first branch university campus now has a permanent name. It's Oregon State University-Cascades Campus.

Members of the State Board of Higher Education approved the new name here Friday.

They also approved the title of "Campus Executive Officer" for its top administrator as Oregon State University Provost Tim White described the progress officials are making toward opening the new branch next fall.

"This is a different kind of university. The curriculum is collaborative. And we have a plan that grows the campus in a way that is in the best interest of Central Oregon," White said.

OSU was awarded management responsibility for the branch campus in February. Since then officials from OSU, the Oregon University System and Central Oregon Community College have been working to refine a detailed implementation plan developed by OSU.

Under the plan, as outlined to the Board, all existing academic programs (those currently managed as part of the OUS University Center) will be encouraged to continue without change until their existing agreements expire. In addition, OSU will introduce a series of collaborative programs that will serve as the base for its lifelong learning model that will be advanced on the new campus.

Tuition and fees for the branch will be the same as rates approved for the OSU main campus in Corvallis. OSU will collect and retain all revenues. It will pay back the other campuses for costs they incur in delivering programs in Central Oregon.

White said some 110 courses are scheduled for fall term, and between 300 and 330 will be available during the first academic year.

OSU and COCC are already sending out admissions materials promoting a new dual admission-enrollment program. White said "interest is very high." He said 700 applications already have been sent out to prospective students based on inquires alone. "Its very encouraging," he said.

Officials are also working to identify space on the COCC campus that can be used by newly assigned permanent faculty and staff until a new classroom/laboratory building is ready for occupancy in Fall 2002.

The implementation plan also promises to begin a series of community programs for the branch during the first year. Planned is expansion of the SMILE (Science and Math Investigative Learning Experiences) program in Deschutes and Crook counties; planning for campus involvement in the Summer 2001 Cascade Festival of Music; development of regional summer internships with the U.S. Forest Service and Deschutes Resource Conservancy; and a partnership Lunch and Learn series with the High Desert Museum to start in September.

In other action, the Board:

· Adopted model administrative rules on confidentiality during mediation. The new rules replace temporary rules approved by the Board in December. They exempt mediation communications from disclosure as public records.
· Approved revised administrative rules on grievances. The revised rules give campuses more flexibility in designating either the institutional president or an appointed grievance officer to review appeals and establish presidents as final authority in grievance processes.
· Authorized Western Oregon University to establish a bachelor's degree program in information systems, effective Fall Term 2001.
· Established a range approach to tuition planning for next year. Depending upon final legislative funding, OUS campuses will have the flexibility to proposed tuition increases ranging from 2 to 5 percent. Final, individual campus recommendations on tuition will be made after legislative funding is known later this spring.
· Received a summary report on the size and cost of campus safety offices throughout the Oregon University System. According to the report, the regional campuses maintain an average security force of six full-time positions with an average annual budget of $287,000. None use outside contracts for additional support. The system's largest three campuses maintain an average staff of 24 with average budget of $1.3 million per year. Oregon State University and the University of Oregon also have supplemental contracts with other police agencies for additional support.
· Set allocation strategies for engineering and instructional growth enhancement funds for 2001-2003. The allocations are based on funding recommendations for the coming biennium now pending with the legislature. If the legislature appropriates $20 million for engineering enhancement, $15 million will be allocated to doubling the number of engineering graduates under a plan developed by the Engineering and Technology Industry Council, and the remaining $5 million will be directed toward establishing a top tier engineering college at Oregon State University. Similarly, if the Governor's rebalance budget prevails and $17 million is approved for instructional enhancement, six campuses will receive increases based upon enrollment gains.

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