- Annual Campus Report
- University Committees and Councils
- Awards & Recognition
The following summarizes outcomes on key institutional metrics:
Acceptance rate for pre-medical students from OSU was over 77 percent, with students accepted to Oregon Health and Sciences, University of Southern California, University of Michigan, University of Washington, Dartmouth, University of Wisconsin and others.
The university and college metrics are posted at http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/strategic-plan/.
REVIEW OF THE 2010-2011 AGENDA
In my 2009-2010 Annual Campus Report, I outlined the year’s agenda which included work with the State Board of Higher Education during the legislative session to seek changes in the status of the Oregon University System (OUS) from a state agency to a statewide public university system, ensure that reductions in state funds targeted for the Statewide Public Service Programs (SWPS) and Engineering Technology Investment Council (ETIC) investments are at par with Education and General funds, and seek state match to key capital budget projects.
Internal to the University, our focus included continuing work on initiatives and activities that we had started over the past year, including alignment and program changes within colleges and support units, new faculty hires, expansion and monitoring of programs introduced recently to enhance student engagement and success, program outcome assessment, NWCCU re-accreditation review, IT and teaching and research infrastructure enhancement projects, and improving services provided by the seven regional business centers. Finally, we continued to focus on enrollment and program growth at OSU-Cascades Campus, including transition of the University of Oregon undergraduate programs to OSU.
Overall Assessment of 2010-2011 Academic Year Agenda
OSU continues to grow substantially and to improve in critical dimensions of our mission. Our actions during the previous two years, driven by strategic and fiscal imperatives, set the stage in 2010-2011 to systematically invest in building faculty capacity, student and academic services, and teaching and research infrastructure of the university. Continued strong non-resident student enrollment growth, coupled with the continued research growth and success of The Campaign for OSU, have enabled these long-term investments.
During the 2010-2011 academic year, for the first time in over two decades, OSU provided central funds to hire 30 faculty positions in the four divisions, with an initial focus on building critical areas in the Division of Arts and Sciences. An additional 55 positions were filled by colleges and units during 2010-2011, with about 50 percent of those being new positions using funds held back as colleges completed strategic staffing plans or from new revenue directed from growth in the INTO OSU program.
We continued to experience strong student growth, particularly in non-resident and international students, areas that we have intentionally targeted over the past couple of years. Students from U.S. underrepresented minorities continued the pattern of steady increase that we have seen over the past several years. The University provided $2.5 million in access resources, primarily to the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Science, to support undergraduate enrollment increases with the goal to provide foundational courses to all students during their first year and to eliminate backlog in those courses. Resources were provided for additional advisors and for the purchase and implementation of MyDegrees. The University sustained funding for the Bridge to Success program, providing support to approximately 2,650 Oregon undergraduate students through packaging of scholarships, tuition remissions, Pell grants, and Oregon Opportunity grant funds.
Construction of the Linus Pauling Science Center, Hallie Ford Center for Children and Families, and the International Living-Learning Center was completed on target and all three facilities opened for fall 2011, adding new classroom, teaching and research laboratory capacity for faculty and students. One-time funding of $25 million was directed to improvements in existing classrooms and common research facilities, addressing ADA issues, and in IT for administrative and research systems.
Academic faculty worked diligently throughout the academic year to follow up on academic and program realignment plans. Some of the work was completed during the academic year, including the new structure within the College of Public Health and Human Sciences and the new School of Public Policy in the College of Liberal Arts. An application was submitted and approved by the Council of Education of Public Health to start a two-year accreditation process to establish an accredited College of Public Health. A number of proposals are in various stages of development and approval in the colleges of Agricultural Sciences, Education, Liberal Arts, Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, and Science, and will be completed during the 2011-2012 academic year. Realignment of units within the Divisions of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs was also undertaken to better support students and faculty.
There were four action items from the fall 2010 President’s address to the Faculty Senate: provide additional advising support; establish graduate fellowships/scholarships; review and adjust instructors’ salaries; and establish a University Ombuds position. The first three items were completed, including establishing six new advising positions, an investment of $1.5 million in graduate fellowship and scholarship programs through the Graduate School, and establishing a minimum salary baseline for instructors’ salaries and review and adjustment of salaries to meet the minimum. The search for the Ombuds position is in progress with hiring to be completed in fall 2011.
All seven business centers are now operational. While we made progress in improving our business processes and systems, human resource systems need attention and improvement. In particular, we must eliminate redundant processes and decision-making layers, improve the effectiveness of services, and improve communications between users, central HR and business center staff.
Outcomes of the Legislative Session and Financial Picture
The Oregon University System gained the status of a statewide education system with the passage of Senate Bill 242, which takes effect on January 1, 2012. This change will enable the OUS to better control its revenues and costs, develop a simplified block-grant approach to state funding similar to Oregon’s community colleges and K-12 system, and ensure that student-paid tuition revenues and the investment earnings on these cash balances are protected and directed towards education. The passage of Senate Bill 909 creates an education investment board for all P-20. However, this leaves uncertainty regarding the governance structure for all education sectors in the state. Clarity on the governance issue, as well as operational details resulting from Senate Bill 242, will be addressed during the 2011-2012 academic year.
The overall Education and General (E&G) budget absorbed a 14.4 percent reduction as a result of the State’s economy. Based on the State’s most recent economic forecast, state agencies have been asked to develop additional expenditure reduction scenarios in increments of 3.5 up to 10.5 percent. However, we will be able to offset current and projected reductions in E&G budget because of strong non-resident student growth and tuition increases.
Considerable advocacy and support from external constituents led to reducing the extent of proposed budget cuts in Statewide Public Service (SWPS) Programs — Agricultural Experiment Station, Forest Research Laboratory, and Oregon Extension Service — from a projected $20 million reduction to $8 million. SWPS programs developed plans to reduce their costs and reliance on state funding through regionalization of services, adoption of fee-based services, and greater engagement of SWPS faculty in the competitive grants process. Nevertheless, continued sluggishness in Oregon’s economy may result in additional reductions in SWPS budgets which remain a source of considerable concern in the absence of tuition revenue to offset those cuts.
Financial challenges persisted in OSU Intercollegiate Athletics and are expected to continue until the new Pac-12 media contract takes effect in 2012-2013. Working with Athletics leadership, we are developing a budget plan that will set up a pay-back schedule and reduce the University’s subsidy to Athletics once the new Pac-12 contract is in place.
Student Engagement and Success
We continue to serve more students and OSU remains the primary university of choice for Oregon residents. We continue to invest and focus on student engagement and success. We directed $2.5 million in 2010-2011 to create additional capacity in foundational courses in writing, speech, math, chemistry, physics, and biology. We increased the summer bridge program for the general student population by offering it to three cohorts, each consisting of 20 at-risk entering first-year students. We continued to revise first-year orientation courses with consistent university-level outcomes, and to expand and improve advising services. Considerable work was undertaken on assessment of academic programs, including development of broad based outcomes for all masters and doctoral programs.
The Faculty Senate’s Ad-Hoc Committee completed its two-year review and assessment of the Baccalaureate (Bacc) Core curriculum. The work concluded that the philosophy and goals of the Bacc Core was sound and consistent with the AAC&U Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) Essential Learning Outcomes. As part of this process, the Faculty Senate unanimously adopted Learning Goals for Graduates and recommended a set of actions to improve retention rates and graduation times (e.g. guarantee foundational courses in the first year, increase advising effectiveness, and expand experiential learning opportunities). Much of the work related to student engagement through Academic Affairs and Student Affairs is aligned with the Faculty Senate recommendations. Work on better coordinating, monitoring and expanding experiential learning opportunities for students (middle years of their tenure at OSU) will be initiated in 2011-2012.
The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) reaffirmed our university accreditation in August 2011. The process included preparation of a Self Study that started in spring 2010 and culminated with a NWCCU site visit in April 2011. We were also the first cohort of universities to be evaluated under the new NWCCU accreditation criteria and policies. The NWCCU commended the University on effective linkage between strategic planning and university’s core themes, exceeding our original capital campaign and extramural research funding goals, having robust assessment practices within Student Affairs and its collaborations with Academic Affairs on student learning, and growth of academic offerings at the OSU-Cascades Campus. The NWCCU provided two recommendations: stronger alignment of the assessment of core themes and their objectives and indicators with mission fulfillment, and additional assessment efforts in the baccalaureate core and graduate programs. Academic Affairs and the Graduate School will be leading work to address the two recommendations.
Other Key Activities
The extension for The Campaign for OSU was successfully launched and the campaign continues to be extremely successful with $106.7 million in gifts in 2010-2011. In particular, the Provost’s Faculty Match Program resulted in the creation of 22 new endowed faculty positions with donor commitments exceeding $21 million.
OSU-Cascades began offering undergraduate, high enrollment majors such as Psychology and Biology previously offered by the University of Oregon. The continued enrollment growth and program growth has led the campus to seek matching funds from the state to enable purchase of a new facility in Bend, a transaction that will be completed in fall 2011.
A task force on Shared Governance, jointly charged by the Faculty Senate President and the Provost, worked during the 2010-2011 academic year to identify a set of most important areas of decision making that require input of faculty and administration. Recommendations from the task force, posted at http://oregonstate.edu/senate/committees/other/jtfsg/Final110831rev.pdf, were formally endorsed by the Faculty Senate and the Administration in fall 2011.
Finally, we were able to fill a number of key administrative positions that became open due to retirements, attrition, or individuals stepping down from a position. These included: Vice President for University Relations and Marketing, Associate Vice President and Director of Alumni Association, Dean of the Graduate School, Dean of Education, Vice Provost for Information Services, Associate Provost for International Programs, University Librarian/Director of OSU Press, Director of Institutional Research, and Director of Admissions.
Priorities for 2011-2012 follow from the work that has been initiated over the past 18 months and the three specific areas of effort outlined by President Ray in his October 13, 2011 presentation to the Faculty Senate: recruitment and retention of the brightest and most diverse faculty and students, increased university-industry partnership, and exceeding The Campaign for OSU goals. Specific goals for 2011-2012 include the following.
Faculty Recruitment and Retention
Student Engagement and Success
Other Key Activities