Governing and Funding Higher Education
Oregonians generally acknowledge that higher education is worthy of public investment, but over the last 25 years the gap between state needs and state resources in this area has grown wider. The recent recession further highlights the need for reforms in the way that Oregon funds and operates its higher education system.
On January 21, Oregon University System Chancellor George Pernsteiner and Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray will identify the factors that have led the State Board of Higher Education to seek structural changes for the university system. They will also identify the Board’s higher education reform proposals, which focus on: providing high quality, affordable education; conducting research to enhance economic competitiveness; and supporting the development of a strong, diverse workforce, more companies, and vibrant communities across the state.
Prior to his appointment as Chancellor in 2005, George Pernsteiner served the Oregon University System as Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operations Officer. Edward J. Ray was appointed the 14th president of Oregon State University in 2003. He previously served as executive vice president and provost at Ohio State University.
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