TUITION AND FEE RECOMMENDATIONS, RESIDENCE HALL AND FOOD SERVICE CHARGES, AMENDMENT TO OAR 580-040-0035, SUMMER SESSION FEE BOOK

Staff Report to the Committee

The proposed fee rates and policies for the year 2000 Summer Session are set forth in the accompanying fee schedules. A public hearing on these proposed fees was held on December 1, 1999. No one attended the hearing, nor was any written testimony submitted.

From 1982 to 1998, summer session programs did not receive any direct state General Fund support. However, with the approval by the Governor and legislature of the Resource Allocation Model during the 1999 Legislative Session, funding relationships have changed. The new Resource Allocation Model provides state general fund support for qualified summer session enrollment, and it authorizes institutions to retain regular academic year tuition income. Institutions have always retained summer session income. Previously, summer term was considered a separate educational and financial entity, and now it is an integral part of the base budget. Several fee adjustments are being proposed to bring summer session rates in closer alignment with the regular academic year rates, reflecting this funding change.

During the development of the Resource Allocation Model, the Board Committee on Budget and Finance determined that existing tuition approval processes should continue. Unlike the academic year tuition, which is based on System and state-level funding and policy issues, summer session tuition is based on the separate recommendations by each president, with input from various student and staff advisory committees, based on the revenue and expenditure relationship of the summer session programs. The tuition and fee recommendations for each campus are then submitted by the Chancellor to the Board for review and approval each year.

The proposed summer fee rates are reviewed to test for reasonableness (inflationary cost increases, changes in minimum wage) and, in those cases where the fee revenue provides student services and student life activities, the staff reviews the proposal to ensure that it was endorsed by student government or through student referendum. The staff believes that each proposed fee meets this test and warrants the favorable action of the Board.

Tuition and fees represent the mandatory enrollment charges assessed to all students in the summer session program of all institutions. These fees are comprised of the following separately maintained fees: Tuition, Resource, Building, Incidental, and Health Services. The revenue generated by each element is dedicated to a specific purpose, independent of the other components.

Tuition: Tuition supports the direct instruction and administrative costs of each institution's summer session program. The recommendations are summarized on Schedule 1. To determine the recommended tuition rates, institutions must balance the fiscal requirements of their summer session programs with market considerations, including tuition rates of competing education providers. Although there was considerable attention regarding the legislature's action to again freeze tuition for resident undergraduate students for the 1999-2001 biennium, that tuition relief was made possible by offsetting state General Fund support and only funded the tuition freeze for the academic year programs. Regardless, most institutions are recommending small or no increase in the summer 2000 tuition.

Building Fee: The Building fee is the same for all institutions. The rate of $19 per student for 2000 is the same as in 1999. This fee generates monies to finance the debt retirement for construction associated with student centers, health centers, and recreational facilities constructed through the issuance of Article XI-F(1) bonds. The maximum rate that can be assessed during the academic year is set by the Legislature through ORS 351.170. In July 1996, the Board was presented with a proposal to increase this fee as part of the submission of the 1997-1999 Capital Construction Budget Request. Subsequently, the 1997 Legislature approved the Board's request to authorize an increase in the academic year student Building fee to $25 per student per term. OUS did not request an increase in this fee for the 1999-2001 biennium. Historically, the Building fee charge for summer session has been approximately 80 percent of the academic year rate.

Resource Fee: Resource fee changes recommended by the institutions are described below and shown on Schedule 2. Resource fees provide funds for specific programs in order to pay for materials unique to the program, equipment, and specialized services. The fees are assessed only to targeted student populations admitted to, or generally understood to be enrolled in, specific programs; however, the Technology Resource fee is assessed to all students. Students enrolled under the part-time student fee policy are subject to the Resource fees appropriate to specific courses taken. New Resource fees may be proposed by institutions for approval by the Board. Summer session operations have been exempt from the academic year policy restricting the estimated income of all such fees to be no more than five percent of Education and General tuition and state General Fund budgeted resources.

Incidental Fee: Incidental fee changes are described below for each institution and summarized on Schedule 3. Incidental fee recommendations are generally made by student committees in accordance with a Board-approved Incidental fee policy (OAR 580-010-0090) on each campus. In some instances the student committee recommendations are supported by general campus student referenda. The funds generated by this fee are to be used for "student union activities, educational, cultural, and student government activities, and athletic activities." The president of each institution reviews the student committee recommendations. Once satisfied with each proposal, presidents submit recommendations to the Chancellor, who, after review, submits proposals to the Board. There are fewer Incidental fee supported activities during the summer term, resulting in significantly lower rates than those assessed during the academic year.

Health Services Fee: Institution recommendations for Health Services fee are described for each institution below and summarized on Schedule 4. This fee is used to support each institution's student health services, which are operated similarly to auxiliary services. Generally, rate increases reflect the institutions' efforts to maintain the self-support nature of these services. Optional health insurance policies are also made available by some institutions. During summer sessions, student health services operations function at reduced levels or are not provided at all. The recommended rates reflect these lower levels of activity.

Total Tuition and Fees: The total tuition and fee rates for each institution compared to the 1999 summer session are summarized on Schedule 5. This is the sum of tuition, Technology/Resource, Building, Incidental, and Health Services fees.

Institutional Recommendations:

The following are explanations for each institution-generated fee recommendation. Each of these proposals has been reviewed by the Chancellor's Office staff. In some cases, institution proposals were returned to the institution for further review and justification. Each of these fee proposals has met the criteria outlined at the beginning of this docket item.

Eastern Oregon University

Total tuition and fees at EOU are increasing 7.2 percent for undergraduate and 5.0 percent for graduate students over the 1999 summer rates. EOU is increasing tuition only.

The tuition for undergraduate students is being increased by $15 (20.6 percent) for the first credit hour and 6.9 percent for each additional credit hour. Tuition for graduate students is being increased by $15 (13.4 percent) for the first credit hour and 4.6 percent for each additional credit hour. Since summer session tuition has not been increased for three years, this increase is to address inflation over that time and to bring the tuition for summer session into closer alignment with tuition assessed for distance education programs.

EOU is recommending that the Incidental and Technology Resource fees remain at 1999 rates. Health services are not provided during summer session and, therefore, no fee is assessed.

Oregon Institute of Technology

Total tuition and fees at OIT are increasing 0.5 percent over the 1999 summer rates. OIT is increasing its Resource fees.

The Technology Resource fee is increasing from $2 to $3 for the first credit hour, with a $3 increase for each additional credit hour to a maximum of $28. This brings the summer session fee in line with the academic year rates.

OIT is recommending tuition and Incidental fees be held constant at 1999 rates. Health Services are not provided during summer session and, therefore, no fee is assessed.

Oregon State University

Total tuition and fees at OSU are increasing 0.2 percent for undergraduates and 4.2 percent for graduate students over the 1999 summer rates. OSU is recommending increases in its graduate tuition, Incidental, and Health Services fees.

The tuition for graduate students tuition is being increased by $6 (3.9 percent) for the first credit hour and 5.0 percent for each additional credit hour over the 1999 rates. This increase covers faculty and staff salary adjustments and inflation.

The Incidental fee is being increased by $1 (2.0 percent) for the first credit hour. The per credit hour increment for each additional hour is remaining the same as in 1999 at $5 per credit hour. This fee is graduated to a maximum of $86.50 above seven credit hours, which is 1.2 percent over the maximum rate for 1999. The summer session proposal is related to the Incidental fee increase approved for the 1999-00 academic year, principally to fund inflation.

The Health Services fee is being increased by 1.3 percent from $78 to $79 due to inflation.

Portland State University

Total tuition and fees at PSU are increasing 0.6 percent for resident undergraduate and 9.4 percent for resident graduate students over the 1999 summer rates. PSU is recommending increases in its graduate tuition and Health Services fees.

The tuition for graduate students is being increased by $18 (9.8 percent) for the first credit hour and 9.9 percent for each additional credit hour over the 1999 rates. In comparing summer session graduate tuition with the academic year graduate tuition, PSU determined that it was offering significant discounts in the summer and planned to gradually close the gap. This increase is a continuation of that decision to align rates for all terms.

The Health Services fee is being increased by 20.0 percent from $30 to $36. PSU determined it had been subsidizing summer session health services operations from academic year income and, by increasing this fee, will bring the summer operation closer to a self-sustaining basis.

PSU is recommending Summer Session 2000 rates for undergraduate tuition, Technology Resource, nonresident surcharge, and Incidental fees remain at the 1999 rates.

Southern Oregon University

Total tuition at SOU is increasing 6.5 percent for undergraduate and 4.7 percent for graduate students over the 1999 summer rates. SOU is recommending increases in its tuition, Resource, Incidental, and Health Services fees.

The tuition is being increased for the first credit hour by 3.5 percent for undergraduates and 2.9 percent for graduate students. Rates for credit hours above the first credit hour are increasing by 6.2 percent for undergraduates and 4.2 percent for graduate students. These increases are necessary to accommodate labor cost increases.

The Technology Resource fee is increasing from $2 to $8 for the first credit hour. Rates for credit hours above the first credit hour are remaining at $2 increments. The fee has a maximum of $30 above 11 credit hours.

The Incidental fee is increasing $1 (3.1 percent).

The Health Services fee is being increased 9.5 percent from $42 to $46. This is directly related to the approved increase in the 1999-00 academic year and the desire to keep a consistent ratio between summer session and the academic year rates. The academic year increase was the result of faculty and staff salary increases and other operating cost increases.

University of Oregon

Total tuition and fees at UO are increasing 1.2 percent and 5.4 percent for resident undergraduate and graduate students respectively; 2.5 percent and 5.5 percent for nonresident undergraduate and graduate students respectively; and 26.4 percent and 24.1 percent for resident and nonresident law students respectively, over the 1999 summer rates. UO is recommending increases in its graduate tuition, Nonresident Resource, and Health services fees. The UO is also proposing an increase in the Law Nonresident Surcharge and General Law Resource fees. In addition, the previously approved Recreation Center fee is being included in summer charges.

The graduate tuition is being increased for the first credit hour by 4.0 percent. Incremental rates for credit hours above the first are increasing by 5.0 percent over the 1999 rates. These increases are necessary to accommodate faculty and staff salary cost increases and other costs of operation.

The Nonresident Surcharge Resource fee is increasing 5.7 percent from $35 to $37. This fee is being increased to further close the gap between academic year and summer session rates.

The General Law Resource fee is increasing by 105.9 percent from $68 to $140. This increase moves the General Resource fee closer to the rate assessed during the regular academic year.

A Recreation Center Fee of $10 is now imposed for summer session students, comparable to the $15.25 fee assessed during the regular academic year.

The Health Services fee is being increased by $3 (5.3 percent) as a result of increases in labor costs and other operational expenses.

UO is recommending that its Technology Resources and Incidental fees remain at the 1999 rates.

Western Oregon University

Total tuition and fees at WOU are increasing 0.7 percent for undergraduate and 22.9 percent for graduate students over the 1999 summer rates. WOU is recommending increases in its graduate tuition, Incidental, and Health Services fees.

The undergraduate tuition is being increased for the first credit hour by 1.9 percent for inflation. The graduate tuition is being increased for the first credit hour by 21.1 percent. Rates for credit hours above the first credit hour are increasing by 25.2 percent for graduate students. This is an effort to begin moving the summer graduate tuition rates closer to those assessed during the regular academic year.

The Resource fee is being increased from $2 to $6 for the first credit hour; the 1999 rate of $2 for each additional per credit hour is continued. This increase is to cover inflation, and provide additional dial-up services and computer labs. This rate matches that assessed during the regular academic year.

The Health Services fee is being increased by $1 (3.6 percent) for inflation.

WOU is recommending its Incidental fees remain at the 1999 rates.

Schedule 1

Tuition - Summer Session 2000

1999

2000

Percent Diff

Tuition

First Hour

Each Add'l

First Hour

Each Add'l

First Hour

Each Add'l

Undergraduate
EOU 73.00 73.00 88.00 78.00 20.55% 6.85%
OIT 89.00 64.00 89.00 64.00 0.00% 0.00%
OSU 103.50 71.00 103.50 71.00 0.00% 0.00%
PSU 122.00 69.00 122.00 69.00 0.00% 0.00%
SOU 115.00 65.00 119.00 69.00 3.48% 6.15%
UO 103.00 77.00 103.00 77.00 0.00% 0.00%
WOU 104.00 72.00 106.00 72.00 1.92% 0.00%
Graduate
EOU 112.00 112.00 127.00 117.00 13.39% 4.46%
OSU 152.50 120.00 158.50 126.00 3.93% 5.00%
PSU 184.00 131.00 202.00 144.00 9.78% 9.92%
SOU 170.00 120.00 175.00 125.00 2.94% 4.17%
UO 151.00 120.00 157.00 126.00 3.97% 5.00%
UO Law 197.00 195.00 197.00 195.00 0.00% 0.00%
WOU 147.00 115.00 178.00 144.00 21.09% 25.22%
*OIT offers no graduate courses summer term

Schedule 2

Resource Fees - Summer Session 2000

1999

2000

Percent Diff

First  Hour

Each Add'l

First Hour

Each Add'l

First Hour

Each Add'l

EOU
Tech Fee - All 6.00 4.00 6.00 4.00 0.00%

0.00%

OIT
Tech Fee - All 2.00 2.00 3.00 3.00 50.00% 50.00%
OSU
Tech Fee - All 16.00 16.00 0.00%
PSU
Tech Fee - All 3.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 0.00% 0.00%
Non-Resident Surcharge 0.00 0.00 0.00 30.00

--

--

SOU
Tech Fee - All 2.00 2.00 8.00 2.00 300.00%

0.00%

UO
Tech. Fee All 30.00 0.00 30.00 0.00 0.00%

--

Non-Resident Surcharge 35.00 35.00 37.00 37.00 5.71% 5.71%
N/R - Law Surcharge 35.00 35.00 37.00 37.00 5.71% 5.71%
Gen Resource Law 68.00 68.00 140.00 140.00 105.88% 105.88%
Recreation Center 0.00 0.00 10.00 0.00 -- --
WOU
Tech Fee - All 2.00 2.00 6.00 2.00 200.00% 0.00%
Maximum amount assessed: EOU - $50; OIT-$28; OSU - $31; SOU - $30.
PSU Non-Resident surcharge $0 for 1-8 credit hours $270 at 9 credit hours
OSU rate $16 1-4 credit hours $31 above 4 credit hours.

Schedule 3

Incidental Fees - Summer Session 2000

1999

2000

Percent Diff

First Hour

Each Add'l

First Hour

Each Add'l

First Hour

Each Add'l

EOU 32.00 0.00 32.00 0.00 0.00%

--

OIT 31.00 0.00 31.00 0.00 0.00%

--

OSU 50.50 5.00 51.50 5.00 1.98% 0.00%
PSU 50.00 0.00 50.00 0.00 0.00%

--

SOU 32.00 0.00 33.00 0.00 3.13%

--

UO 27.00 0.00 27.00 0.00 0.00%

--

WOU 38.00 0.00 38.00 0.00 0.00%

--

Up to 85.50; Up to $86.50

Schedule 4

Health Services Fees - Summer Session 2000

1999

2000

Percent Diff

EOU -- -- --
OIT -- -- --
OSU 78.00 79.00 1.28%
PSU 30.00 36.00 20.00%
SOU (9 hours or more) 42.00 46.00 9.52%
UO 57.00 60.00 5.26%
WOU (6 hours or more) 28.00 29.00 3.57%


Total Compared to Summer Session 1999

The following schedule compares rates for Summer Session 1999 to Summer Session 2000.

Schedule 5
Total Tuition and Fees - Summer Session 2000
12 Credit Hours - Undergraduate 9 Credit Hours - Graduate
Total

Tuition

Summer
1999
Summer
2000
Percent
Diff.
Summer
1999
Summer
2000
Percent
Diff.
EOU 977.00 1,047.00 7.16% 1,097.00 1,152.00 5.01%
OIT 867.00 871.00 0.46% -- -- --
OSU 1,098.00 1,100.00 0.18% 1,326.00 1,382.00 4.22%
PSU Res. 1,016.00 1,022.00 0.59% 1,358.00 1,486.00 9.43%
PSU Nonres. 1,376.00 1,382.00 0.44% 1,628.00 1,756.00 7.86%
SOU 945.00 1,006.00 6.46% 1,239.00 1,297.00 4.68%
UO Res. 1,083.00 1,096.00 1.20% 1,244.00 1,311.00 5.39%
UO Nonres. 1,503.00 1,540.00 2.46% 1,559.00 1,644.00 5.45%
WOU 1,005.00 1,012.00 0.70% 1,170.00 1,438.00 22.91%
UO Law Res. -- -- -- 2,502.00 3,163.00 26.42%
UO Law Nonres.* -- -- -- 2,817.00 3,496.00 24.10%

Total Tuition Compared to Preceding Academic Year

Rate structures for summer session developed as institutions adapted to direct cost support following the 1982 elimination of General Fund support of summer session. Although General Fund support for summer session was reinstated in 1999 by the Governor and Legislature, it will take some time before the effect fully impacts tuition and fee structures. The summer session rates proposed for 2000 and 1999-00 academic year resident rates, except for the University of Oregon and Portland State University as noted, are compared on the following schedule:

Schedule 6
Academic Year Term to Summer Session
Resident Resident
12 Credit Hours - Undergraduate 9 Credit Hours - Graduate
Total Tuition Summer
2000
Acad.Term
1999-00
Summer@
% Acad Yr
Summer
2000
Acad.Term
1999-00
Summer@
% Acad Yr
EOU 1,047.00 1,122.00 93.32% 1,152.00 1,883.00 61.18%
OIT 871.00 1,126.00 77.35% --

1,845.00

0.00%
OSU 1,100.00 1,187.00 92.67% 1,382.00 2,167.00 63.77%
PSU Res. 1,022.00 1,156.00 88.41% 1,486.00 2,097.50 70.85%
PSU Nonres. 1,382.00 3,887.00 35.55% 1,756.00 3,588.50 48.93%
SOU 1,006.00 1,078.00 93.32% 1,297.00 1,820.00 71.26%
UO Res. 1,096.00 1,270.00 86.30% 1,311.00 2,250.00 58.27%
UO Nonres. 1,540.00 4,399.00 35.01% 1,644.00 3,803.00 43.23%
WOU 1,012.00 1,092.00 92.67% 1,438.00 1,834.00 78.41%
UO Law Res.* -- -- -- 3,163.00 5,449.00 58.05%
UO Law Nonres.* -- -- -- 3,496.00 7,422.00 47.10%

* The Law School amounts are stated in per-term rates, although the academic year is on the semester basis.

Tuition and fee rates are not totally comparable. The academic year rates apply to a range of credit hours designated for full-time students classified as residents (12-18 credit hours for undergraduates and 9-16 credit hours for graduates). Summer session rates displayed are for 12 undergraduate credit hours and nine graduate credit hours. Additional summer credit hours require incremental charges. Also, incidental and health services levels differ from academic year to summer.

Room and Board Rates

Summer Session room and board accommodations on each campus vary according to the need and demand. They may include rates by day, week, multi-week or term. A combined room and board rate is usually offered, as well as rates for room only, board only, and conference activities. Rates are generally comparable to those for individual terms of academic year. Student housing facilities operate as auxiliary enterprises and are to be wholly self-supporting.

The rates shown in the tables in the fee book are for all campuses except Portland State University, where College Housing Northwest, Inc., operates the residence halls and establishes the rates as specified in a service contract. The rates require preliminary review and approval by Portland State University officials before becoming effective.

Proposed rate increases from Summer Session of 1999 to 2000, summarized in Schedule 7, generally vary from 0.0 percent to 7.6 percent for a basic housing package. These and the other institutions' rate changes are consistent with rates for the preceding Academic Year. They are based on anticipated cost increases for labor, utilities, services, food, and debt service pool as well as some facilities' improvement and expansion of services available to residents.

Comparison of Basic Residence Hall Rates Summer 1999 to 2000

The following are comparative samples of board and room rates for a basic dorm room with double occupancy. Each institution offers a variety of room and meal options at rates above and below these listed. Refer to the Fee Book for a more definitive schedule of rates.

Schedule 7

Selected Housing Rates -Summer Session 1999

Institutional Contract Type 1999 2000 % Difference
EOU Per Night - Single (room only) 13.00 13.00 0.00%
OIT Eight Week 454.00 467.00 2.86%
OSU Eight Week 1,176.00 1,224.00 4.08%
SOU Eight Week 1,056.00 1,136.00 7.58%
UO Eight Week 1,228.36 1,236.76 0.68%
WOU Six Week - Per Person 804.60 804.60 0.00%

Public Hearing

A hearing was conducted on December 1, 1999, at 10 a.m. in Room 121 of Susan Campbell Hall on the University of Oregon campus concerning the 2000 Summer Session Fee Book. There was no testimony presented at the hearing, nor was any written testimony submitted.

Staff Recommendation to the Committee

After consideration of any comments or testimony received at the public hearing, it is recommended that the Board amend OAR 580-040-0035 as follows(deleted text is in brackets; new text is in bold):

Summer Session Fee Book, OAR 580-040-0035

The document entitled "Summer Session Fee Book 2000" dated [December 18, 1998] December 17, 1999, is hereby adopted by reference as a permanent rule. All prior adoptions of summer session fee documents are hereby repealed except as to rights and obligations previously acquired or incurred thereunder.

Through the amendment, the residence hall and food service charges and the tuition and fee rates and policies applicable during the Summer Session 2000 will be adopted.

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION:

BOARD ACTION: (Roll call vote required)

HAZARDOUS WASTE FACILITY, OSU

Summary

Oregon State University seeks Board approval to construct an 8,000 gross-square-foot (gsf) facility for the processing and storage of hazardous waste generated by activities at Oregon State University. If approved, the Board would authorize the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration to seek authorization from the State Emergency Board for an "Other Funds" limitation for the issuance of $800,000 of 20-year term Article XI-F(1) bonds, together with $400,000 in OUS Systemwide academic modernization and capital repair/code emergency reserve funds, and $800,000 from OSU's academic modernization and capital repair/code funds, for a total project cost of $2 million. This project is being presented to the State Emergency Board because it requires authorization this winter to allow construction to occur during the summer of 2000. The new facility needs to be occupied and the existing facility vacated prior to winter 2000 rain and flooding.

Bonding debt service of approximately $62,000 per year will be paid from OSU's research building use credits. Operating expenses for the Hazardous Waste Facility will continue to be funded through OSU's general budgeted operations. The building will be an integral part of the University's hazardous disposal program and will be operated by Environmental Health and Safety, and Radiation Safety under the direction of the Assistant Director for Safety and Transportation.

Staff Report to the Committee

The new hazardous waste facility will be located out of the flood plain of Oak Creek and will be constructed to comply with all current building codes and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) requirements related to the storage of hazardous material. The current building where Oregon State University stores its hazardous chemical and radioactive waste is located at the west edge of campus and within the flood plain of Oak Creek. In the past three years, flood waters from Oak Creek have surrounded and entered this building three separate times. The University has been fortunate that no hazardous materials have been lost during these floods.

The current OSU site has been inspected by DEQ, and OSU was fined for failure to keep flood waters from entering this hazardous waste storage building. After paying the fine, OSU reported to DEQ that the University would relocate the storage of hazardous material to a new building outside the flood plain. The Oregon Radiological Protection Services also has expressed concern that this facility is vulnerable to flooding and has also been informed that the University is planning to move storage operations to a new building. Although they cannot issue a fine to OSU, the Oregon Radiological Protection Services can suspend OSU's radioactive material use license. Suspension or loss of the radioactive material use license would have serious impact on research at Oregon State University.

The existing facility also has existing fire code deficiencies related to the lack of a fire suppression system and inadequate mechanical ventilation. Further, the building is not heated, causing small spills of hazardous chemicals each winter when some containers break because of freezing conditions.

The University plans to construct a single story, 8,000 gsf facility for the processing and storage of hazardous chemical and radioactive waste. The building will be constructed north of the Radiation Center on the OSU campus. The facility will have a room for the storage of hazardous material in shipment. This will allow the facility to be a central receiving point for hazardous material. Centralized receiving will make the accounting and tracking of hazardous material through the campus to improve accuracy. The new site is out of the flood plain of Oak Creek and within the boundary of the main campus. SJO Consulting Engineers, Inc. has been selected to design the new Hazardous Waste Facility. Their initial estimate for construction of this building is $2 million, which is based on storage facilities of similar size designed by their firm.

The decision to relocate to a new building was based on an engineering study that indicated there would be little success in keeping the flood waters out of the existing building by constructing a diversion dam. The OSU Fish and Wildlife Department also voiced concerns that a diversion dam would impact some of their long running research studies related to Oak Creek. If the hazardous material is not moved into a new facility and the existing building floods again resulting in an environmental incident, OSU could receive further DEQ imposed fines of up to $100,000.

Staff Recommendation to the Committee

Staff recommend that the Board approve the request to construct a 8,000 gross-square-foot facility for the processing and storage of hazardous waste generated by research and instruction laboratory activities at Oregon State University. Staff further recommend that the Board authorize the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration to seek authorization from the State Emergency Board for an "Other Funds" limitation for the issuance of $800,000 of 20-year term Article XI-F(1) bonds, together with $400,000 from the OUS Systemwide academic modernization and repair/code emergency reserve funds, and $800,000 from OSU's academic modernization and capital repair/code funds, for a total project cost of $2 million.

COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION:

BOARD ACTION:

RENAMING OF WALTER M. PIERCE LIBRARY, EOU

Summary

The President of Eastern Oregon University wishes to report to the Board his decision to rename one of EOU's academic buildings, the Walter M. Pierce Library, as Pierce Library to provide for appropriate recognition of both Walter M. Pierce and Cornelia M. Pierce.

Staff Report to the Committee

OAR 580-050-0025 sets forth the policies concerning naming of campus facilities. No building may be named for a living person unless the Board makes an exception in accordance with the provisions of the OAR. In all other circumstances, a campus president is authorized to name buildings and structures.

In concert with this rule, President Phillip Creighton wishes to report his decision to rename Walter M. Pierce Library, the library building at EOU, as Pierce Library to provide for the appropriate recognition of both Walter M. and Cornelia M. Pierce. This designation is in recognition of the important role each has played in Oregon and eastern Oregon's history. Walter Pierce served Oregon in many capacities as an elected representative to the Oregon Legislature, to the U.S. Congress, and as Governor from 1923-27. He was a longtime supporter of public education and is generally credited with having been instrumental in arranging for a normal school to be located in La Grande, which evolved and eventually became Eastern Oregon University. Cornelia M. Pierce was Oregon's first State Librarian. She is known to have toured rural locations in a horse and buggy to bring books to remote areas, and she established the first free "books by mail" program in the United States.

(No Board action required)

1999-00 ENROLLMENT REPORT

Staff Report to the Committee

In keeping with the changes to the new resource allocation model, all enrollment is now counted, including enrollment in extended programs.

Oregon University System enrollment is up 3.6 percent over fall 1998 as of the fourth week of class. Drawing strongly from the largest pool of Oregon high school graduates in almost 20 years, the official count of OUS campus headcount enrollment reached 67,347 compared with 64,989 in fall 1998, close to what had been targeted for the System and the highest in more than a decade.

More than 98,000 students are expected to enroll in both regular campus and extended campus credit courses during 1999-00. In addition, an estimated 100,000 students will enroll in OUS noncredit courses.

The greatest gains were made in first-time freshman headcounts, up almost 13.0 percent from 1998. Legislative support for the undergraduate resident tuition freeze, aggressive recruiting, increased scholarship offers, and a renewed confidence in the direction of the Oregon University System are contributing factors.

Resident undergraduate enrollment has increased 5.2 percent since fall 1998, from 43,363 to 45,621 students.

Eastern Oregon University

Fourth week enrollment at Eastern Oregon University is up over 6.1 percent, the largest percentage increase of OUS campuses. First-time freshmen counts are up over 10.0 percent, and cooperative and extended programs continue to attract students.

Oregon Institute of Technology

OIT shows a five percent increase in enrollment, the highest since 1992. The steady freshmen participation rate is augmented by a growth in off-campus and collaborative program enrollment. The number of transfers is down, but retention and recruiting approaches are bringing in new freshmen and keeping them there.

Oregon State University

For the second year in a row, increased freshman participation and very strong retention rates have OSU attaining their highest enrollment in nearly a decade. A 25.6 percent increase in first-time freshmen enrollment is likely the result of new scholarship offers and aggressive recruitment. Graduate admissions are also up over 14 percent, while transfer enrollments hold steady.

Portland State University

Portland State also shows a significant increase in first-time freshmen, with enrollment in that category up 8.5 percent. Transfer admits are up 7.9 percent. The emphasis on freshman retention, student services, recruitment efforts, and the growth of the City of Portland have given PSU their highest enrollment since 1980.

Southern Oregon University

Southern Oregon University has exceeded its projected enrollment with increases in all categories. First-time freshmen counts are up 10.1 percent, and graduate enrollment is up 6.3 percent. Nonresident enrollment is up 14.7 percent. With an increase in transfer enrollment of 8.1 percent, the effect of the Medford campus of Rogue Community College may be starting to change from an adverse condition to a positive one.

University of Oregon

Fourth week enrollment at the University of Oregon is nearly level, with a decline of 0.5 percent from fall 1998, reflecting a loss of nonresident enrollment for the fourth straight year. Resident enrollment is up more than 300 students, however, and this pattern has the profile of the UO student body changing from a 65.6 percent resident ratio (by fee paying status) to their current level of 73.7 percent in just four years. The international student population has declined, likely due to a continued uncertainty in the Asian economy, and the current strength of the dollar. First-time freshmen counts another increase this year at 5.9 percent.

Western Oregon University

Western Oregon University has nearly matched their fall 1998 enrollment, showing a slight decline of four students. However, recruitment of first-time freshmen has resulted in a 11.8 percent increase in that category, and a 12.1 percent increase in resident freshmen. Transfer and graduate admissions are down, though growth in the previous year means more continuing students.

Tables A through C provide the 1998 and 1999 enrollment statistics.

Table A
Summary of OUS Headcount Enrollment 1999-00
Fall 1999 Fall 1998 Fall 1999
vs Fall 1998
Undergraduate Resident 45,621 43,363 2,258
Undergraduate Nonresident 8,285 8,105 180
Graduate Resident 11,295 11,266 29
Graduate Nonresident 1,491 1,687 (196)
Law Resident 280 279 1
Law Nonresident 229 222 7
Vet Medicine 67 67 0
Pharm.D. 79 0 79
Total 67,347 64,989 2,358
Definitions:
1. "Resident" fee category includes any student assessed resident fee rates.
2. "Nonresident" fee category includes students assessed the nonresident fee rate.

Table B
Summary of Institution Headcount Enrollment Changes 1999-00

Fall 1999 Fall 1998 Fall 1999 %
vs Fall 1998 Change
Eastern Oregon University 2,611 2,460 151 6.1
Oregon Institute of Technology 2,814 2,679 135 5.0
Oregon State University 16,061 15,197 864 5.7
Portland State University 18,317 17,303 1,014 5.9
Southern Oregon University 5,751 5,465 286 5.2
University of Oregon 17,278 17,366 (88) (0.5)
Western Oregon University 4,515 4,519 (4) (0.1)
Total 67,347 64,989 2,358 3.6

Table C
First-time Freshman Enrollment 1999-00
Resident Total
1999 1998 % Change 1999 1998 % Change
Eastern Oregon University 234 243 (3.7) 381 344 10.8
Oregon Institute of Technology 327 310 5.5 355 351 1.1
Oregon State University 2,402 1,972 21.8 2,943 2,344 25.6
Portland State University 944 882 7.0 1,071 987 8.5
Southern Oregon University 629 610 3.1 883 802 10.1
University of Oregon 1,794 1,754 2.3 2,560 2,417 5.9
Western Oregon University 749 668 12.1 797 713 11.8
Total 7,079 6,439 9.9 8,990 7,958 13.0

(No Board action required)

OREGON UNIVERSITY SYSTEM FISCAL YEAR 2000 FEDERAL BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS

Staff Report to the Committee

On November 29, 1999, President Clinton signed into law H.R. 3194, the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2000 (P.L. 106-113). After months of negotiation and a late-season veto of the original measure, several items of importance to Oregon's public university students, faculty, and staff emerged in the final version of the spending bill.

In addition to an increase in the maximum Pell Grant award to $3,300 ($50 higher than the original Administration request), the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) received a 34 percent raise to support postsecondary program innovations. Likewise, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) were the beneficiaries of a $2.3 billion increase for advanced medical research in fighting disease and improving the nation's health.

A handful of standing and new programs received "flat" or no funding in the FY 2000 budget. Perkins Loans received $130,000,000 for FY 1999 and the same amount for FY 2000. The President requested, and failed to obtain, $15,000,000 for a new "Preparing for College" program. The program would have awarded grants to postsecondary institutions to disseminate information (through videos, pamphlets, and public service announcements) about academic coursework and financial aid to middle and high school students and their families. A $35 million Administration proposal to support experimental approaches to strengthen campus retention rates also failed to achieve Congressional backing.

In the meantime, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has been working on specifications for federal agencies to execute the 0.38 percent cut legislated by Congress in an attempt to trim waste from the bureaucracy. Although the departments and agencies have flexibility on where the cuts come from, Congress made it clear that no single program or earmark would be reduced by more than 15 percent.

According to published reports, federal officials hinted that the cuts would probably be in larger spending increases that the President did not request. Administration officials have alluded to the $7.7 billion for Pell Grants as an example and the NIH is preparing to delay the receipt of $3 billion in FY 2000 funding.

In addition to possible reductions of hard-fought student aid increases as a result of the mandate for an across-the-board 0.38 percent cut, earmarks for Central Oregon University Center, Portland State University's Millar Library, and Oregon Health Sciences University may also be reduced. Little is known at this writing, but the System will track the OMB directives to agencies and report any potential loss of funding as a result of the congressional mandate. (No Board action required)

OREGON UNIVERSITY SYSTEM ­ FEDERAL AID MATRIX/FISCAL YEAR 2000 APPROPRIATIONS
PROGRAMS PRESIDENT'S FY 2000
REQUEST
APPROVED BY HOUSE APPROVED BY SENATE PUBLIC LAW
106-113
OREGON 1997-98 SOURCES OF FINANCIAL AID
STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Pell Grants
FY 99
$7,704,000,000







$7,463,000,000






$7,620,000,000






$7,778,000,000






$7,700,000,000






$23,502,224

14,138 STUDENTS SERVED

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants
FY 99 $619,000,000
$631,000,000 $629,000,000 $631,000,000 $631,000,000 $4,188,985

7,072 STUDENTS SERVED

Federal Direct Student Loans
FY 99 $16,232,000,000
$16,155,000,000 $16,155,000,000 $16,155,000,000 $16,155,000,000 $101,075,982 (subsidized)

25,373 STUDENTS SERVED

$57,521,435
(unsubsidized)

15,622 STUDENTS SERVED

Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership
FY 99 $25,000,000
$25,000,000 $0 $75,000,000 $40,000,000 $7,711,041

8,046 STUDENTS SERVED

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS

Teacher Training
FY 99 $710,000,000



$335,000,000



$385,000,000



$710,000,000



$715,000,000
Teacher Quality Enhancement Grants
FY 99 $77,212,000
$115,000,000 $75,000,000 $80,000,000 $98,000,000

TRIO Programs
FY 99 $600,000,000
$630,000,000 $660,000,000 $630,000,000 $645,000,000
GEAR UP
FY 99 $120,000,000
$240,000,000 $0 $180,000,000 $200,000,000
Child Care for Low Income Students
FY 99 $5,000,000
$5,000,000 $5,000,000 $5,000,000 $5,000,000
Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)
FY 99 $50,000,000
$27,500,000 $22,500,000 $27,500,000 $77,658,000

OREGON UNIVERSITY SYSTEM FISCAL YEAR 2000 FEDERAL APPROPRIATIONS FINAL RESULTS

Staff Report to the Committee

In December 1997, in a meeting between Oregon congressional delegation staff and System representatives, congressional staff members requested (and the System agreed to provide) a description of federal appropriations priorities in a unified document forwarded by the Chancellor. For the past two federal appropriation cycles, the Oregon University System has delivered a memo soliciting the "top three" federal appropriation priorities from institution presidents. Each OUS institution has been responsible for developing the rationale, background material, executive summary, and likely source of federal funding for each of the institution's stated priorities. Participants enlisted for the discussions, and the ranking of the selected projects, have been at the President's discretion. A basic outline of campus priorities was reported to the Board at its February 19, 1999, regular meeting at Oregon State University.

The culmination of the System's latest effort came on November 29, 1999, when President Clinton signed H.R. 3194, the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2000. The spending bill included funding measures for some of the largest Federal agencies, such as Labor-HHS-Education. These bills, approved in the Consolidated package, included several earmarks for Oregon's public universities.

Of the projects approved by the Board in the 1999 Oregon University System Federal Priorities Notebook, nearly half receiving a congressional delegation letter of support also received some form of appropriation bill language. System projects, including one from the Oregon Health Sciences University, secured $2.5 million in direct earmarks, with up to an additional $3 million for brain research at the University of Oregon. In implementing the Conference agreement, federal agencies and departments have been instructed by Congress to comply with the language and instructions set forth in Senate Report 106-166 and House Report 106-370 (funding for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education). Both Western Oregon University's ESOL/Bilingual Teacher Education Program and Oregon State University's National Family Policy Assessment Center were recognized in the Senate version of the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill.

The Oregon congressional delegation, supported by campus presidents and federal affairs representatives, worked diligently to secure funding for Oregon's public universities. Most importantly, several valuable lessons were learned for the upcoming Fiscal Year 2001 appropriation cycle. Responding to Board members requests to preview institution priorities for funding, campus "preproposals" for the 2000 OUS Federal Priorities Notebook are included in this document. The preproposals are thumbnail sketches of activities and projects institutions intend to deliver for the Board's approval at the February 18, 2000, meeting at the University of Oregon.

The coordination and presentation of a System Priorities Notebook, vigilance on the part of institution staff, and the letters of support from delegation members played a key role in the success of individual campuses.

(No Board action required)

OREGON UNIVERSITY SYSTEM ­ FISCAL YEAR 2000
FEDERAL APPROPRIATIONS
INSTITUTION PROGRAM APPROPS.
BILL
AGENCY ACCOUNT $AMOUNT
LANGUAGE
Western Oregon University ESOL/

Bilingual Teacher Education

Labor-HHS-Ed Appropriations Bill (Senate Report 106-166) Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education See language below1
Oregon State University National Family Policy Assessment Center Labor-HHS-Ed Appropriations Bill (Senate Report 106-166) Department of Health and Human Services Center for Substance Abuse Prevention See language below2
Portland State University Millar Library Expansion Consolidated Appropriations Act for FY 2000 Institute of Museum and Library Services Office of Library Services: Grants and Administration $500,000
University of Oregon Integrative Information Science Initiative Department of Defense Appropriations Bill Defense Health Program Neuroscience Research $3 million only to establish West Coast Functional MRI brain research capabilities
Oregon University System Central Oregon University Center Consolidated Appropriations Act for FY 2000 Department of Education Higher Education $1 million
Oregon Health Sciences University Healthy Aging Project Consolidated Appropriations Act for FY 2000 Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging $1 million

1. "The Committee is also aware of the national shortage for bilingual education teachers, particularly in rural and urban areas, and notes the Western Oregon University's response to this critical shortage through a training program for individuals who speak English as a second language to become bilingual and multilingual assistants and ultimately teachers to receive Bachelor's degrees and teaching licenses for careers in bilingual education."

2. "The Committee understands that there is an urgent problem of drug and alcohol abuse across the Nation. The National Family Policy Assessment Center, located on the campus of Oregon State University, is working to implement proven prevention initiatives for children, youth, and families."

OREGON UNIVERSITY SYSTEM CAMPUS PREPROPOSALS FEDERAL APPROPRIATIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2001

Staff Report to the Committee

Oregon Institute of Technology

Program Name:
The Oregon Technology Center (OTC): The Klamath County "Last Mile" Project

Estimated Funding:
$945,000

The need for rural American communities to invest in modern telecommunications capabilities has been well documented and widely discussed. Rural communities lacking in high-speed telecommunications infrastructure are finding themselves at an increasingly greater disadvantage in competing for new business and economic development opportunities. Indeed, a community might as well admit to not having a school or sewer system as to not having access to the bandwidth that business, government, and educational systems will require in the new millennium. This proposal will describe the efforts of one rural Oregon county to collaborate in a regional effort to avoid being relegated to what some have referred to as the "digital dustbowl". It will outline a project to extend efforts currently under way or completed.

Through the engagement of a full array of stakeholders, the work of the South Central Oregon Telecommunications Consortium, the Lane-Klamath Fiber Consortium, and the Klamath County Economic Development Association, a remarkable coordination effort has brought Klamath County this far. Public utilities, local school districts, community colleges and universities, rural health organizations, community/non-profit organizations, and state economic development agencies have all been involved in bringing fiber optic capability through Klamath County and adjacent Oregon counties. The remaining task is to complete the plan and begin delivering services.

As noted telecommunications authority Dr. Edwin B. Parker notes, "Just because you bring fiber optics to the desert, it doesn't mean that it will bloom." To consolidate the gains made to this point, the communities of Klamath County must now address the crucial "Last Mile" issues. These include issues of connectivity and program development delivery over the fiber.

The fundamental goal of the Klamath County "Last Mile" project will be to develop the plan for "lighting the fiber" and providing an array of services to the people of the county. Key elements of the project include: 1) identifying aggregate bandwidth requirements to permit Requests for Proposals from private sector connectivity vendors; 2) identifying community needs for training and education via remote delivery; 3) identifying business needs for access to training and services to develop e-commerce capabilities; 4) developing and providing the services identified in points 2 and 3.

Examples of direct benefits to be derived from this project include:

1) Utilizing communications technologies in partnership with local and regional workforce development agencies to deliver support programs in areas such as: basic workforce skills; basic technical skills; English as a second language; computer programming; management skills; and customer service. The community Telecenter Access Points will be key components of this outreach effort.

2) Strengthening community economic development efforts, including:

These initiatives will be developed and coordinated by the Oregon Technology Center for distance delivery to rural residents using World Wide Web and videoconferencing capabilities, and routed through the Telecenter and its Telecenter Access Points.

Program Name:
SSS-Student Support Services: U.S. Department of Education

Estimated Funding:
Total request of $1 million to Oregon Institute of Technology over four years. The majority of this cost would be allocated to paying the salaries of professional and student staff who will provide advising, mentoring, academic instruction, and counseling for program students. Other funds would support student activities that emphasize community and foster a sense of belonging for students, and that support students' persistence at the college.

Oregon Institute of Technology, in its continued commitment to providing students from disadvantaged backgrounds with access to its educational programs, will submit a competitive proposal to the U.S. Department of Education Trio Program in fall 2000. Increasing access will help OIT respond to the under-supply of graduates to fill jobs in the technology sector. This commitment will also help put computer technology into the hands of persons who have typically had fewer opportunities to access such technology, forever changing the lives of the students and, ultimately, the lives of the students' families and children. The single most important part of this commitment is the institution's plan to build a Student Support Services (Trio) program.

OIT's Student Support Services program will offer needed academic and student service support for first-generation students, low-income students and students with disabilities. Consistent with what has been found to be "best practices" in student support services, OIT's program will emphasize a structured and intense first-year support program. Students enrolled in the program will undergo a comprehensive entry-level assessment of academic and personal needs related to their learning. Students will be part of a learning community, will enroll in a master-student course, and have extensive contacts with faculty and staff. Other key elements of the program include an intrusive advising program in which students' academic progress is closely monitored; improved financial support for students, with ties to the college's co-op learning program; instructional support (e.g., tutoring, supplemental instruction) for students in developmental and other popular freshman courses; and mentoring by upper-class peers, faculty, staff and professional persons in students' major fields. As students progress in their studies and become more autonomous, the program will offer a decreasing level of support.

This program will supplement the OIT's recent retention efforts for disadvantaged students, including implementation of a Student Success Seminar and creation of a child-care facility and program.

The program's goals will be to improve the retention and graduation rates for participating first-generation, low-income or disabled students and to foster an institutional climate that is supportive of the success of these students (as manifested, for example, by an increased GPA for program participants vs. non-participants). Specific and measurable goals for retention and graduation rates will be set once the analysis of current retention and graduation rates has been completed.

Eastern Oregon University

Project Name:
Inlow Hall and Grand Staircase

Estimated Funding:
$1 million

This project will consist of two components:

When Eastern Oregon University was founded in 1927, the first building constructed was Inlow Hall. This facility has been used since that time for a variety of purposes, including classrooms, laboratories, and auditorium performances. Present uses include administrative offices, a telecommunication facility, small classrooms, and a computer laboratory. The interior has gone through a series of remodelings and electrical, mechanical, and lighting upgrades. The building is on the National Historic Register.

The grand staircase, built in 1927, is divided into two sets of stairs that join together at two large landings. The stairs begin at Inlow Hall descending a steep embankment and end in a residential and business area that leads to the downtown district. Its use has been continuous, both as access and also for various University and community ceremonies. Weather conditions, wear and tear, and some vandalism has taken a severe toll on this community landmark. This project will include the restoration of balustrades and capstones as well as the concrete stairs and railings.

The historic preservation will include the repair and restoration of the exterior surface of Inlow Hall including the clay tile roof. Replacement of windows will be done, as well as refinishing and/or replacement of exterior doors, to maintain the architectural integrity of the historic building. The restoration will highlight the intricate design and detail of the building and emphasize the characteristics of the structure.

Funds are being sought from private donations and foundations to complete the funding required for the restoration.

Eastern Oregon University has been a long-serving member of the La Grande and eastern Oregon community. It is of great value to the community, students, faculty, staff and alumni to preserve the oldest facility of the University for continued use. Maintaining the original building and entrance to campus reflects the commitment of the University to its beginnings as well as to its newer facilities and programs.

Receiving these funds will allow the project to proceed and to be completed in a timely manner, and additional restoration funds would not be required.

Project Name:
Eastern Oregon Natural Resources and Health Services Center

Estimated Funding:
$3.5 ­ 4.5 million

Three critical issues immediately impacting the eastern Oregon region are rural health care; the health of natural resources; and educational opportunities through expanded curriculum in new technologies, especially within the biological and health sciences and agriculture programs.

A 67,480 square-foot addition to/and renovation of Badgley Hall is planned for a total cost estimated at $18 million. The square footage upon completion would be 97,570. The Oregon Legislature funded the project for $1 million to initiate architectural, engineering, seismic evaluation, and design for the new addition as well as the renovation. EOU is seeking additional State of Oregon funds of $12.6 million, private funds of $2 million, and federal appropriations of between $3.5 ­ 4.5 million from the Department of the Interior and/or Labor/Health and Human Services/Education.

Eastern Oregon University has more than a decade of experience in strong cooperative programs and partnerships to meet the critical issues of rural healthcare, the health of natural resources, and providing access to educational opportunities in the region it serves and the Northwest. Increasing advances in technology in these areas will be addressed through Eastern's continued strengthening and growth of existing partnerships, and the establishment of new cooperative degree programs and research.

EOU's Biology, Chemistry, and Physics degree programs support the Oregon Health Sciences University School of Nursing at La Grande and the Oregon State University Agriculture Program at La Grande. The combined demands of all three areas have stretched capacity to the limits of existing facilities. The OHSU Nursing program has offered its degrees with resident faculty and also through distance education delivery technology. The program now offers master's degrees through its Rural Frontier Delivery outreach program. The Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center is also housed on the Eastern campus and works with OHSU and EOU to provide continuing medical education and seminars for regional healthcare providers. The OSU Agricultural program at EOU offers four natural resource-based degree programs, and there are plans to add two additional programs. Resident faculties provide on-campus instruction as well as distance education in the natural resource/agricultural class offerings.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Northeast Oregon Fisheries Research Program has doubled in size every three years since 1984. Eastern now has 16 scientists and 20 seasonal biologists housed on campus. This program centers on developing and assessing strategies to restore and enhance salmon and trout that are listed under the Endangered Species Act. Recent need indicates that a new facility could house this research program and provide a Natural Resources Data Research Center that would collectively involve all of EOU's existing partners and offer an opportunity for additional collaborative efforts that are currently in the planning stages.

Eastern is the only four-year institution of higher education in the eastern half of Oregon. This project will meet the regional need of providing educational opportunities and access to health sciences, natural resources, and emerging biological technology studies and research. Accommodating these continuing demands from the region and the Northwest, coupled with an anticipated growth of 700 additional students, make the new facility critical to ensure continued success. This project reflects the efforts of Eastern Oregon University in developing successful partnerships and delivering educational opportunities to students resident to the campus community and beyond.

Southern Oregon University

Project Name:
Southern Oregon University TITLE III Grant for Strengthening Institutions and their Programs

Estimated Funding:
Southern Oregon University is preparing a Title III grant for $350,000 per year for five years. The timeframe of the grant would cover the years 2000 to 2005.

Southern Oregon University is applying for Federal assistance under Title III, part A, of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended for strengthening institutions and their programs from the Department of Education.

The purpose of the request for the grant is to assist Southern Oregon University in developing equalizing educational opportunities by strengthening the institution's programs. The University plans to use the grant funds for faculty training and provide classroom hardware and software systems for instruction.

In 1990, Southern applied for and received designation for eligibility for U. S. Department of Education Title III funds. The grant proposal, which will be submitted for consideration in Fiscal Year 2000, will improve the quality of management systems and academic instruction in the classroom at Southern Oregon University. Classroom hardware and software systems will be put into classrooms and faculty will be trained to use the technology in the classroom. The project will cover a five-year period, from 2000 to 2005.

The application for Title III funds builds on a previous U.S.D.E. Title III Grant award. In 1992, Southern Oregon University received a five-year, $2.5 million U.S. Department of Education Title III Grant, which was responsible for major developments on campus in the areas of academic support services, increased computerization of the campus, and distance learning programs. Among the resources created were the Touch Tone Student Registration and Grade Reports, the Student Access Center, the student and faculty e-mail system, and an academic boot camp for at-risk students.

Project Name:
Southern Oregon University Library Addition and Renovation

Estimated Funding:
$3.5 million--Labor/Health and Human Services/Education Appropriations Bill

It has been more than 30 years since the opening of the current three-story Southern Oregon University Library building; the facility is now crowded, inadequate to the challenges of electronic information delivery, and unsuited for the needs of students, faculty and community in the 21st century. Since its 1967 opening, collections, resources, and services have continually expanded as the University has grown in enrollment. Library space has dwindled in response to the myriad of new information and service demands. An addition and renovation has been a capital project for Southern for over 15 years; the need for such a facility has become increasingly urgent. It is now the top priority. An addition would not only bring the library up to the nationally established standard for academic libraries, but would bring significant benefits to the campus and region. The Southern Oregon University Library is the only research library between Eugene and Chico, California.

The goal of this project will be to create a technologically sophisticated building that will carry library services forward for the next 20-30 years. The new facility will link Southern Oregon University to national and international networks and provide a central place where campus and remote users can get assistance and access to the new universe of information. The project will also provide a special collections area that is secure, climate-controlled, and comfortable for users, and will allow space for establishing new, unique collections. The addition will comprise 58,000 square feet and is expected to complement the existing building in style and design. Some renovation of the current building, especially the first floor, will be required.

Preliminary planning has been completed, however, an architect must begin work the conceptual plan. Funding from the Southern Oregon University Foundation will enable initiation of the architectural plans in the near future. In very rough estimates, the addition is estimated to cost $13.5 million. Renovation of the existing 65,000 square feet is estimated to cost $6 million. At this time, the total estimated cost of the project is estimated to be $19.5 million, $3.5 million of which Southern requests as federally-funded.

Project Name:
Southern Oregon University Campus and Ashland Community Prevention of Alcohol and Drug-related Problems

Estimated Funding:
$500,000--Labor/Health and Human Services/Education Appropriations Bill

A 1993 national survey of students at 140 colleges found that almost half (44 percent) of the respondents had engaged in "binge" drinking over the last two weeks. In early 1999, Southern Oregon University conducted a student survey "to determine students' attitudes, opinions, and personal use of alcohol and drugs." From the key findings on student use of alcohol and drugs, it was determined that "binge" drinking on the Southern Campus mirrors this national statistic. Seventy-three percent of Southern's student alcohol users are under age. Most of the students are aware of the University's alcohol and drug policies, but most are unaware that Southern has an alcohol and drug prevention program.

Southern Oregon University is in the process of reviewing current policies, identifying issues, and researching new prevention intervention programs for implementation. A major issue, both on the Southern campus and within the community, is the lack of a coordinated, multi-faceted approach to educating students on the hazards of alcohol/drug use. Ashland, Oregon, because of its size, community interest, and the partnerships that Southern Oregon University has established, is an ideal place to pilot a comprehensive alcohol and drug prevention program.

With these funds, SOU would research and pilot a prevention program based on community involvement and collaboration. Faculty and University students would be trained, and campus classes and activities would be developed. A peer education program would be implemented to work toward a model that stresses a health and wellness perspective in discussing choices about alcohol or other drug use, rather than employing a negative consequence approach to prevention. University students would conduct outreach programs in the local junior and senior high school. An advisory group with representatives from the public and private sectors would oversee development of the pilot program.

Oregon State University

Program Name:
Intelligent Infrastructure Technology

Estimated Funding:
$3 million -- Department of Transportation ­ The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (section 5102) Advanced Research Program; Department of Energy; Federal Emergency Management Agency

This nation faces overwhelming issues dealing with physical infrastructure, including renovation and replacement of aging buildings, schools, roads, bridges, airports, marine ports, utilities, environmental systems, and other public facilities, as well as providing resistance to natural disasters, including earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, waves, and wind.

An enhanced interdisciplinary effort led by the OSU College of Engineering will provide initiatives to address these issues in the Pacific Northwest and the nation. Funds will be used to coordinate and promote research and training in "intelligent" infrastructure systems possessing the ability to adapt to real-time conditions for management and control. The College of Engineering possesses laboratory and technological capabilities to perform fundamental and applied research into strategies for dealing with these issues, as well as the capacity for training, both within standard engineering undergraduate and graduate curricula and through continuing education programs.

The nation's infrastructure needs have been documented by groups such as the American Society of Civil Engineers, with parallel recognition by agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and by leaders such as Vice President Gore and by Congress. This work will be closely coordinated with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), and has their endorsement. The majority of the requested funding will be devoted to projects that solve a real problem for an industry, public entity or a utility and for which that group is willing to contribute a part of the project cost. An advisory board consisting of personnel from public agencies (including ODOT), utilities, industry, and construction will guide the selection of projects.

The College of Engineering at OSU has adopted "Sustainable Technology" as an overarching theme to drive its research initiatives. This proposal focuses on sustaining the quality of life for Oregonians and society, commensurate with OSU's mission as a land grant university. Federal funding for this initiative will enhance Oregon's reputation for sustainability and livability.

This project requests funding to develop innovative, adaptive, intelligent infrastructure technology, leading to immediate savings in public and private investment. Funding for long-term needs can follow through a similar initiative or through other federal and cooperative programs, e.g., NSF. Resources provided in this first initiative will be applied to projects that include upgrades of laboratories and equipment, support for staff and students, and to match investment from other agencies and industry.

Program Name:
Microtechnology-based Energy and Chemical Systems [MECS]: A Key Technology

Estimated Funding: $3 million -- Army Research Laboratory/Defense Advanced Research Projects
Agency/Department of Defense

Summary

Mass production of miniaturized components and devices is a key technology for the 21st century with the potential to improve our standard of living and enhance our global competitiveness. Success in this technology will be tied to opening up and developing new areas of miniaturization. It is evident that the manufacturing advances developed by the electronics industry for MEMS (MicroElectroMechanical Systems) can be applied to the area of energy, chemical and biological systems with as much potential as that which existed for electronics at the start of the electronics revolution. We have termed this area Microtechnology-based Energy and Chemical Systems (MECS). Oregon is well positioned to be a world leader in this area.

Systems based on MECS technology exhibit extraordinary rates of heat and mass transfer in micro-structures. Examples of successful prototype development include miniaturized heat exchangers, turbines, bioreactors, chemical reactors, gas analysis components, pumps and valves. Researchers at OSU, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), and in Europe are beginning to make significant advancements that allow the assembly of components into complete systems. Examples include: 1) portable cooling systems for protective suits, 2) small chemical separation units for insitu clean up of wastes (such as a pen-sized devices that can be dropped into a drum of waste to eliminate PCBs), 3) compact coolers for computational and communications equipment, 4) microchannel fuel processors for fuel cells, and 5) portable bioreactors to detect hazardous gases.

In the MECS area OSU has established working relationships with PNNL and a variety of high technology companies in Oregon with interest in this area. There is a good mixture of large companies (including Tektronix, Hewlett-Packard, and ElectroScientific Industries), small companies, and start-ups that are interested in partnering with OSU in this area.

This research is directly applicable to OSU's mission of conducting research relevant to Oregon industry and building for the future. Representatives from the high technology electronics industry, so vital to Oregon, indicate that the technology base similar to MECS is where many of the engineering jobs will be in just a few years. MECS is an emerging multi-disciplinary area which will have strong involvement across campus, such as engineering, chemistry, biological sciences and pharmacy, and will spearhead the development of novel, culture-changing applications.

Laboratory development and seed funding is critical to the pursuit of this cutting edge technology. The strong presence of high technology industry in Oregon and the partnerships established indicate that substantial progress can be made in this area. This requires funding for time-critical laboratory development and building of multi-disciplinary research efforts. MECS is unmistakably a major opportunity for economies in the 21st century. Now is the time to secure the development of this technology through collaboration among the university, national laboratory and industries.

Portland State University

Program Name:
Engineering and Technology Center

Estimated Funding:
$2.5 million

Portland State University is now planning the development of an engineering and technology center to house academic programs and research laboratories that relate to key industries located in the metropolitan region. This building is central to the University's long- range plans for development of the University District and represents the next phase of the Metropolitan Compact. Engineering and interdisciplinary programs will be located in the building. It will be used to educate scientists and engineers, to expand technology resources available to the students and to the community, to spur business development and product creation, and to provide students in these fields access to learning laboratories that reflect industry workplaces. This project is another step in the University's efforts to use our downtown location and academic resources to support the region's priorities for workforce development, job creation, and enhancement of key industries.

Portland State University is requesting $2.5 million for planning and site preparation of this building.

Program Name:
Institute for Tribal Government

Estimated Funding:
$2.5 million

As part of the Hatfield School of Government, the Institute for Tribal Government will provide training to elected tribal government leaders across the nation. The faculty of the Hatfield School are now working with tribal leaders to develop a curriculum that meets the needs of tribal government leaders and the staff of tribal agencies.The Institute will also provide training to state and federal officials to familiarize them with the unique status and role of tribes and tribal governments. In addition to the Institute, PSU is seeking funds for the Native American Center that will serve as the site for the Institute and provide a culturally sensitive place for the meetings, as well as allowing for interaction between tribal leaders and PSU's Native American students.

Portland State University is requesting $2.5 million to establish the institute, provide two years of start-up funding for the program, and to construct the Native American Center.

Program Name:
Center for Lakes and Reservoir Management

Estimated Funding:
$1 million

The 1999 Legislature designated a Center for Lakes and Reservoir Management at Portland State University and provided start-up funding. In addition, the Congress recognized the work of the Center during its deliberations on the 1999 Water Resources Development Act. WRDA 1999 designates funding within the Army Corps of Engineers for aquatic weed management. The Center for Lakes and Reservoir Management seeks funds to support field station research, expand lake monitoring programs in Oregon, and provide a national model for volunteer and student-based research focusing on maintaining lake vitality and health.

University of Oregon

Program Name:
Brain, Biology and Machine

Estimated Funding:
Outlined Below

The University of Oregon will seek funds for phase II of the Brain, Biology and Machine: Integrative Information Science initiative, building on the successful effort to obtain funds for an MRI facility for cognitive neuroscience in the first phase of the initiative. The effort will involve raising funds from federal, state, foundation and private donor sources.

The initiative is an interdisciplinary collaboration of biologists, chemists, computer scientists, neuroscientists, physicists, and psychologists that will advance teaching and research in the broad area of integrative information science. It draws together the rapidly expanding fields of cognitive neuroscience, genomics, bioinformatics, optical information processing and computational science. This forward-looking interdisciplinary effort will position the University of Oregon at the forefront of science and technology efforts in the Northwest and in the Nation.

The common threads connecting this work are information and information processing. How does the brain process information, and what are the analogies to modern computing machines and information science? How is information stored in the human genome and then expressed in the development of the human brain and body? How did this information evolve over time? What are the best ways to harness the power of new computers to analyze and visualize the massive amounts of data coming from new experiments? How can information be encoded on laser beams to construct powerful new computers and networks? These are the types of questions being asked by our top faculty as part of this initiative. The cross-fertilization of many different disciplines organized around the theme of information will bring powerful new insights to bear on these questions. It builds on UO's strength in organizing research along interdisciplinary lines.

In July 1999, the Oregon Legislature established the Center for Brain, Biology and Machine to foster this initiative. The Center will be the home for the major research thrusts of the initiative: Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Cognitive Neuroscience studies, Consortium for Informatic Brain Electromagnetic Research (CIBER), Genomics and Evolution of Development, Quantum Computing and Quantum Logic Device Development, and Computational Science.

There are two specific requests for the second phase of the initiative, one relating to the building that will house the initiative and the second to provide equipment for the laboratories of the initiative:

A portion would be used to continue the development of the MRI facility. Scanners for high magnetic fields and for animal research are needed to complement the basic 1.5 Tesla facility to be established in phase I.

In addition, funds would provide for cognitive imaging equipment and computers for CIBER and establish a laboratory for electrophysiological and event-related potential research that will permit the analysis of cognition in real time and with high spatial resolution. Parallel computational facilities for analysis of the data are part of the request.

Funds would be included for the quantum computing and quantum logic device lab and an advanced laser and optics facility to develop powerful new computer technologies.

A molecular genomics lab would be established and a state-of-the-art facility for DNA sequencing and analysis to support the genomics and evolution of development efforts will be included as part of this priority.

Additional funds would be needed for a high performance computational network for solving complex scientific problems and for visualization and dissemination of the experimental and theoretical data.

Potential applications of this work range from new treatments of genetic developmental disorders to the understanding of the cognitive processes in human learning, to radically new concepts in computers utilizing light as the information carrier and quantum devices for the hardware.

(No Board action required)