During the 2019 legislative session we will be seeking a $30 million increase to reinvest and expand OSU’s statewide public service programs: the OSU Extension Service, Agricultural Experiment Station, and Forest Research Laboratory, which support agricultural, natural resource and community development programs across the 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.
Also sign bill for OSU-Cascades academic building
BEND, Ore. – (Update: Details on governor’s other Bend stop)
Governor Kate Brown will visit Bend Wednesday to highlight a new apprenticeship program that supports the Governor’s Future Ready Oregon initiative, as well as sign legislation to fund OSU-Cascades’ second academic building, her office said Tuesday.
The initiative, announced earlier this year, closes the gap between the skills Oregon’s workers have and the skills Oregon’s growing businesses need to thrive in the economy of the future, the governor’s office said in a statement.
Bend and Central Oregon are one of the fastest-growing job markets in the country. This presents an opportunity for Oregonians seeking work, particularly as Central Oregon’s tech industry takes off.
To address Bend’s growing tech industry demand, the East Cascades Workforce Investment Board has partnered with the Technology Association of Oregon and Apprenti, the nation’s first registered tech apprenticeship program, to provide industry guidance on tech training and job placement for apprentices and businesses in Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook counties.
Governor Brown will meet at Five Talent Inc. with potential participants in the program and those who developed it.
Later in the day, she will also visit the campus of Oregon State University – Cascades to sign HB 5702, which includes $39 million in capital funding for a new academic building. Funding for the project is part of a larger, statewide investment package that includes new facilities on the campuses of Eastern Oregon University and the University of Oregon.
These projects serve high-need, growing communities, and each will feature Oregon manufactured wood products —particularly cross-laminated timber (CLT) — in construction.
The 1:45 p.m. signing will be hosted by OSU-Cascades Vice President Becky Johnson in the Bruckner Courtyard, immediately west of Tykeson Hall on the OSU-Cascades campus on Chandler Avenue.
Speakers will include Brown, Johnson and OSU-Cascades students.
Also expected to attend are members of the Central Oregon legislative delegation, donors whose gifts of over $9 million for the academic building are helping achieve a $10 million philanthropic match for the state funding, and members of the Now4 OSU-Cascades advocacy group and the Beaver Caucus coalition.
Brown will sign House Bill 5702, which includes $39 million in capital funding for the new building, which will be devoted to the study of STEAM subjects – science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.
OSU-Cascades has committed to use Oregon manufactured wood products – particularly cross-laminated timber – in the construction of the building.
Article originally published on KTVZ.