June 13, 2000 

Contact: Bob Bruce, 503-725-5714

State Board to Discuss Biennial Budget, Bend Branch Proposal 

PORTLAND - The Oregon State Board of Higher Education will meet in Portland this week to discuss the Oregon University System's 2001-2003 biennial budget request and a recommendation to expand higher educational opportunity in Central Oregon by establishing the state's first branch university campus.

Both items highlight the agenda for the board's meeting and visitation Thursday, June 15, and Friday, June 16, on the campus of Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) here.

Discussions on budget development will begin Thursday when the board's Joint Budget and Finance/Strategic Planning Committee meet from 2 to 5 p.m. in Rooms 358-64 in OHSU's School of Nursing. The group will reconvene and meet from 7:30 to 9:45 a.m. Friday in the same location to continue discussion and planning.

Friday's schedule also includes separate committee sessions and a full board meeting. Both the Budget and Finance and System Strategic Planning Committees will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. and a Committee of the Whole meeting will be held from 11 a.m. to noon. Friday's Board meeting begins at noon. All meetings will be held in the School of Nursing and are open to the public.

The branch campus recommendation will be discussed during the Committee of the Whole meeting. The recommendation comes out of an OUS study that says a branch campus is the most cost-effective way to meet Central Oregon's growing need for higher education.

The System Strategic Planning Committee will review an updated conflict of interest policy and three academic proposals. The Oregon Institute of Technology is proposing to offer a new bachelor's degree in communication studies, while the University of Oregon is proposing a new bachelor of fine arts degree in multimedia design and a new certificate in film studies.

On the agenda for discussion by the Budget and Finance Committee are items dealing with naming the new outdoor community recreation and distance education facilities at Portland State University; construction of a new graduate student residence hall at the University of Oregon; adoption of new e-commerce and pre-tax parking policies; and transfer of staff fee privileges to other family members. 

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