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PORTLAND, October 9, 2012 – Below is a summary of actions and discussion from recent meetings of the State Board of Higher Education from August 17, 2012 through October 5, 2012.

At the October 5, 2012 meeting of the full Board:

  • Agreed to delegate to the Finance & Administration Committee the transmittal to the Legislature of amendments to and acceptance of the final Optional Retirement Plan and health plans’ reports at the Finance & Administration Committee’s November 16, 2012 meeting.

  • Heard and discussed a legislative update regarding the Oregon Legislature’s Special Committee on University Governance regarding the advancement of the proposal for institutional boards.

  • Approved core institutional themes of each OUS institution which are required by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) new accreditation standards adopted in 2010.

  • Consented to amendments regarding Required Minimum Distributions to OUS retirement plans, to comply with the Worker, Retiree, and Employer Recovery Act of 2008.

  • Heard and discussed a report from the Academic Strategies Committee on their work plan including plans for increasing diversity on campuses through increased analysis and targets, advancing partnerships with community colleges, facilitating the advancement of research and economic development, and other areas.

  • Heard a report from the Finance and Administration Committee regarding recent activities and plans for the coming year.

  • Heard a report from the Governance and Policy Committee, including summary of discussions regarding shared services across the system and the impact on institutions.

  • Heard a report from the Oregon Student Association including notice of OSA’s success in helping over 38,000 students to get registered to vote in 2012.

  • Approved a 3% increase in the base salary of Chancellor George Pernsteiner, with an additional 2% in June 2013, in parallel with increases which all Chancellor’s Office staff have received in 2012 and will receive in 2013.

  • Chancellor Pernsteiner commended student participants and attendees at the October 1, 2012 Oregon Social Business Challenge, and recognized Bridget Burns, OUS chief of staff, for her leadership of this innovative event; and recognized the contributions of Jack Isselman, who has worked in a government relations capacity for the OUS for three years and is moving on to other opportunities.

At other recent Committee meetings:

  • Approved Eastern Oregon Universities new academic program: MFA in Creative Writing, effective Summer 2013 (at October 4, 2012 Academic Strategies Committee meeting).

  • Accepted the Quarterly Management Report as of June 30, 2012 (at the September 26, 2012 Finance and Administration Committee meeting).

  • Accepted the Annual Investment Report as of June 30, 2012 (at the September 26, 2012 Finance and Administration Committee meeting).

  • Approved the addition of a $1 placeholder in the 2013-2015 OUS capital budget for the renovation of Erb Memorial Union at the University of Oregon; and directed UO to develop a plan for reducing fee costs to students from the current proposal, which recognizes affordability issues. This project is contingent upon (1) the outcome of a student referendum to be held later this year; and (2) UO bringing the plan back to the Finance and Administration Committee for approval to move forward (at the August 17, 2012 Finance and Administration Committee meeting).


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