During the 2019 Oregon legislative session, the Beaver Caucus will work hard to ensure that the state’s investment in higher education continues to grow. Together with Oregon’s other public universities, we will ensure a strong future for all students, staff and our state’s economy. All seven public universities will work collectively to ask the legislature to prioritize higher education.
The seven public universities have sought at least a $130 million increase in operating funds from $737 million for a total investment of $867 million. This request would ensure that tuition increases would stay below 5% per year each of the next two years. In August, the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) recommended a $186 million increase in operating funds for a total of $923M. This request is obviously a significant improvement and would enable meaningful investments in student success and access while keeping tuition affordable.
Oregon is better off if we invest in our students. In 2019, the Beaver Caucus is committed to building on the progress made in public support for higher education.