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College.biz: Higher education becomes a priority with creation of state committee

This is a first in state history. The Oregon Legislature has created a standing committee on higher education. To compare, California has had a standing committee on higher education since 1991 and Washington since at least the mid-90s. It’s part of an emerging focus on renovating and trying to improve …

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College.biz: Administrators, faculty union United Academics enter contract negotiations

While students take off time for holidays, administrators have entered negotiations with the new faculty union, United Academics, which reportedly represents about 1,800 faculty. Meetings begin a process for how administrators and faculty will settle issues including health care, pay, and employment.

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The Private Public University: How the UO fulfills its public mission with private dollars

They are standing among opulence. Mom and Dad are there, maybe a younger sibling and of course the prospective student, the high schooler weighing his or her options for where to spend the next four or five years. They are in the north lobby, where the campus tours start. Look to your left, digital …

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Gov. John Kitzhaber proposes to completely rework funding to Oregon's higher education

The news was unexpected. Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber proposed on Friday a radical reworking of higher education funding in Oregon. According to his 2013-15 state budget plan (PDF), administration of Oregon’s funding for universities and community colleges would be consolidated into a single agency called the Department of Post-Secondary Education. The …

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Kitzhaber proposes new Department of Post-Secondary Education

Gov. John Kitzhaber proposed Friday to consolidate funding for Oregon’s universities and community colleges into one agency called the Department of Post-Secondary Education, according to Oregonlive. Under this plan, Kitzhaber will select all board members and executives involved in education in Oregon. This new agency will also give out money …

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How the UO became dependent on out-of-state students

The number of students at Oregon with residency has been flat under 14,000 for the last six years. The huge growth at the UO over the last five years has come entirely from how many nonresidents are admitted every year. One result has been that nonresident tuition has become a significant source of income for the University. The trend raises questions about Oregon’s academic mission as a public university.

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Things to know as the EMU renovation goes to a third student vote this week

Third time’s a charm? The EMU Expansion and Renovation project will be put to an online student vote through DuckWeb this week. In summer 2011, the University of Oregon administration tried to get around having a student vote, but the state board of higher education refused to approve the project …

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College.biz: Review of UO administrators highlights University Senate meeting

The University Senate discussed random drug testing of student athletes, motions for establishing faculty input in hiring administration and creating a process to review executive administrators at its Wednesday meeting. Senate President Robert Kyr told the governing faculty body there would be no vote on the random drug testing policy because, …

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College.biz: Oregon's battle to have a place in online education

Far away from Johnson Hall, in a concrete box called McKenzie Hall, on the corner of the fourth floor, in a narrow corridor, is a little computer lab that is about to become a lot more important. Since 1991, Professor Cathleen Leue has been working in this lab, quietly running and …

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