Thank you so much for all of the support, energy and time you devoted to joining us for Beaver Caucus Advocacy Day. We walked the halls of the Capitol, met with legislators and staff and shared the message of prioritizing higher education and OSU projects. We helped legislators see the importance of music and the arts with the Arts and Education Complex; the continued expansion of the OSU-Cascades campus with the Student Success Center; the economic and community impact with the OSU Statewide Public Service Programs and the true benefit of an Oregon State education. Thank you for lending your time and sharing your stories to ensure that the future of Oregon State University remains healthy and strong. We look forward to working with you in the new year! Go Beavs!
We had a record turnout on Saturday for the Third Annual Beaver Caucus-ASOSU Homecoming Brunch! It was a great event that included students, alumni, faculty, past and present ASOSU officers and Beaver Caucus members. The audience heard remarks from President Ray, ASOSU President Justin Bennett and Vice President Aiden Tariku, Dean of Students Kevin Dougherty and OSUAA Executive Director and Beaver Caucus board member John Valva. It was a great way to kick off Homecoming weekend!
Thanks for spending your Homecoming Saturday with us. We look forward to working with you during the 2019 Oregon legislative session to advocate for issues that are critical to OSU.
In April 2017, Oregon State University announced plans for a new arts and education complex. The proposal would renew, expand and enhance the existing LaSells Stewart Center providing the university, the greater Corvallis community, and the entire state, a venue for music, theater, digital communications programs and the visual arts. The university is well into the process of securing $35 million in philanthropic funds and is seeking an additional $35 million in state bonds for a total investment of $70 million.
The Arts and Education Complex will be an important part of the university’s portfolio of both performance and outreach spaces. It will bring together programs in the arts, including music, theater, the visual arts, and digital communications arts, creating a thriving center of creativity infused with science and technology. This undertaking will help OSU to fulfill its strategic mission by bringing arts to the people of Oregon through teaching, research, performance and rehearsal spaces; a new visual arts museum; shop and maker space with electronic and computer studio for designing sound, lighting, animation, and video projections and for constructing props, sets, and other scenic items; and mentoring, reception, office and box office spaces.
The Arts and Education Complex will completely renovate and expand the existing LaSells Stewart Center, creating a new academic facility for OSU educational arts. The facility will serve as a new gateway to OSU on the south side of campus and will become an outreach portal for the arts, taking visual and performing arts to Oregon youth and residents.
During the 2019 legislative session the Beaver Caucus will be urging the legislature to support $35 million in bonding authority for the OSU Arts and Education Complex. This project will allow OSU to train tomorrow’s visual, technical and performing artists in a state-of-the art facility, leading to a highly skilled workforce that will support Oregon’s vibrant arts sector. Investment in the Arts and Education Complex will make a difference for OSU students and the entire state.
The Beaver Caucus is committed to supporting Oregon State University, our world-class research institution. We do this by providing a platform to communicate directly to Oregon state policymakers who are making critical decisions impacting OSU’s future. During the 2019 legislative session we will make sure that legislators and the Governor are aware of the positive benefits that have resulted from the state’s investment in higher education, and we will work to ensure that this investment continues in 2019.
Here are some of the issues we will be advocating for during the legislative session:
1) Maintaining Operating Funds
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.
2) Development of the OSU Arts and Education Complex
In April 2017, Oregon State University announced plans for a new arts and education complex. The proposal would renew, expand and enhance the existing LaSells Stewart Center in order to provide the university, the greater Corvallis community, and the entire state, a venue for music, theater, digital communications programs and the visual arts. The university is well into the process of securing $35 million in philanthropic funds and is seeking an additional $35 million in state bonds for a total investment of $70 million.
3) Continued Expansion of the OSU-Cascades Campus – Student Success Center
OSU Cascades continues to face enrollment growth and will need to continue expand its facilities to ensure that it meets the academic, counseling and extracurricular needs of students in the Central Oregon region. The university is seeking $12 million in bonds matched by $5 million in student fees – approved in a campus-wide vote – for the construction of the OSU-Cascades Student Success Center, which will improve learning outcomes while facilitating student engagement.
Beaver Caucus Members:
On Saturday, the State Legislature approved the full $39 million in bonding needed to construct a second academic building on the OSU-Cascades campus in Bend. The funding will be matched by $10 million in donor funds, over $9 million of which has been pledged. During the 2017 session, the Legislature approved $9.5 million in state bonding to support site preparation of undeveloped campus property where the new academic building will be constructed.
This outcome would not have been possible without your help! Thank you for all the time and energy you devoted to ensuring the future of OSU in Central Oregon!
We are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Now4 OSU- Cascades and Central Oregon community leaders in our appeal to legislators to support funding for the expansion of the OSU-Cascades campus. Together we helped the Legislature see the importance of OSU Cascades to Central Oregon and our entire state.
We are also very appreciative of the efforts and leadership of Jock Mills and the OSU Government Relations team throughout the legislative process.
Thank you for lending your voice to support this important project that will meet the academic needs of Central Oregon students and allow the region to continue to thrive. Go Beavs!
By James Day — Corvallis Gazette Times
An educational alliance involving Oregon State University has received an $8.9 million federal grant to continue its work.
The University Innovation Alliance, a consortium of OSU and 10 other colleges, received the “First in the World” grant as part of a competition to encourage innovation in higher education.
The alliance will use the money to study the effectiveness of advising in increasing retention, progression and graduation rates for low income and first-generation students. Assisting such students is a key goal of the alliance.
“This grant will significantly aid Oregon State University’s effort to foster far greater student success,” said OSU President Ed Ray. “Along with other University Innovation Alliance partners, Oregon State will learn how to effectively use predictive analytics to improve student retention and graduation rates through individual advising and academic counseling.
“My intent is to share all that we learn throughout the higher education community.”
The grant will be administered by Georgia State University on behalf of the alliance. George State will conduct a four-year research study on all 11 alliance campuses. Students at each campus, who will be selected at random, will receive:
- Intensive, proactive advising to help them establish individualized academic maps
- Real-time alerts prompted by a system of analytics-based tracking when they may be struggling
- “The … grant will enable us to study the work already taking place at our 11 institutions,” said Bridget Burns, executive director of the alliance, “and test best practices using data analytics that we can share with an beyond the alliance.”
- Other universities in the alliance, which was launched last September, are Arizona State, Iowa State, Michigan State, Purdue, Ohio State, UC Riverside, Central Florida, Kansas and Texas.