Education

OSU Makes Changes To Meet Limited Budget

OPB | July 16, 2009 8:56 a.m. | Updated: July 17, 2012 1:10 a.m. | Portland, OR

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By Rob Manning

Oregon State University has approved a set of budget cuts that could eliminate as many as 300 positions in Corvallis and on the extension campuses.

Officials say the 12 to 15 percent budget cuts will mean restructuring more than 30 programs.

Classrooms may get more crowded with 500 fewer course sections.

University executive vice president, Sabah Randhawa says layoffs will mostly affect short-term professors,  which means tenured professors would pick  up more classes.

Randhawa says the cuts, and a new strategic plan, will help the university focus on where it can be “distinctive.”

Sabah Randhawa: “Certainly every area at the university can’t be at that level. It’s just not feasible. And, ‘distinctive’ in the sense that our educational and research can really have an impact. And the fact that faculty or students anywhere in the world, when they think of a certain area, they think of Oregon State University.” 

A new OSU proposal would create four focus areas, tentatively called “healthy planet,” “healthy people,” “healthy economy,” and “basic inquiry.”

OSU is also proposing to move the College of Education entirely to the Cascade campus in Bend.

Randhawa says changes will be phased in over the next four years.

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