During the 2018 Legislative Session, the Oregon State Legislature approved $39 million in bonding needed to construct a second academic building on the OSU-Cascades campus. 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.
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. This will require new investment in facilities and infrastructure.
In 2019, the Beaver Caucus will be asking the legislature to support $12 million in bonds, matched by $5 million in student fees, for the construction of the OSU-Cascades Student Success Center, which will improve learning outcomes while facilitating student engagement. We will work with the Central Oregon region to ensure that the legislature approves this funding request.
A vibrant university that delivers academic excellence and focuses on student retention and success can be one of the pillars of a strong economy. Investment in OSU-Cascades will make a difference for Central Oregon and our entire state.