December 12, 2000

Contact: Bob Bruce, 503-725-5714

Discussion on Governor's Budget Tops State Board Agenda

PORTLAND - Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is expected to meet and discuss budget issues with the Oregon State Board of Higher Education via teleconference Friday, Dec. 15 when the State Board holds its monthly meeting at the CAPITAL Center, 18640 NW Walker Road, Beaverton.

The focus will be on the Governor's proposed 2001-2003 biennial budget for public higher education.
The discussion will be part of an 8:45 a.m. Committee of the Whole meeting, scheduled to take place prior to the Board's regular December meeting at 10:15 a.m.

The Governor's proposed budget, unveiled Dec. 1, recommends $94.3 million less than the Board had requested for Oregon's seven public universities. It includes new funds for enrollment growth, small campus stability, engineering and computer science, and the state's first branch campus in Central Oregon, but it also proposes sizeable cuts in support for continuing university services.

Friday's meeting will offer the first opportunity for the Governor and Board members to discuss the proposal together.

Other agenda items for the regular meeting include the adoption of summer session fees for 2001: plans to renovate a campus dining facility and erect a new bell tower at Oregon State University; and consideration of a new vision for engineering and computer science in Oregon. Also scheduled are talks on possible amendments to rules governing campus negotiations and grievance processes and three academic proposals from Portland State University. PSU is seeking to offer a new Ph.D. degree in civil engineering, a new M.S. degree in systems science, and seven new graduate certificates.

All of Friday's higher ed meetings at the CAPITAL Center are open to the public. Both the System Strategic Planning Committee and the Budget and Finance Committee will meet from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. The SSP meeting will be in Room 1025; Budget and Finance in Room 1026. The Committee of the Whole and regular Board meetings will be held in Room 1026.

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