July 17, 2002

Contact: Bob Bruce, 503-725-5714

Biennial Request Tops Agenda for Friday State Board Meeting

PORTLAND - The development of operating and capital requests for the 2003-2005 biennium will top the agenda as members of the Oregon State Board of Higher Education meet this week in Portland.

The Board will hold its annual all-day renewal on Thursday, July 18 at Portland State University's Smith Center to focus on long-term strategic issues. Then, following a series of committee meetings on Friday, July 19, the full Board is expected to craft higher education's operating and capital budget requests for the coming biennium and adopt tuition and fee rates for the coming academic year.

Discussion of new tuition and fee rates headlines the items to be discussed at Friday's 8 a.m. meeting of the Board's Budget and Finance Committee in Rooms 327-329, Smith Center. Proposed is a 3 percent increase in tuition for resident undergraduates at all seven Oregon public universities. Recommended as increases for non-resident and graduate students are increases ranging from 3 to 10.3 percent. Other agenda items for the committee include approval of a pre-tax transit pass plan, a property purchase at Southern Oregon University, and authority to rename SOU's extended learning building for former Chancellor Joe Cox and his wife, Regina Cox.

On the agenda for the Board's System Strategic Planning Committee at 8 a.m. in Smith 238 is a proposal to streamline the OUS interinstitutional student exchange program, a plan for a new degree offering in outdoor recreation leadership and tourism at Oregon State University's Cascades Campus in Bend, and reports on the Western Undergraduate Exchange, a study of 2001 Oregon high school graduates, and selective undergraduate admissions at the University of Oregon.

Full discussion of the budget proposals will take place during a Joint Committee meeting from 9:15 to 12:05 p.m. in Smith 327-329. Final action is expected during the full Board meeting, which begins at 12:10 p.m. in the same location.

Both the Thursday and Friday Board sessions are open to the public.

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