Lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow Oregon universities to create their own independent governing boards, rather than answering to the State Board of Higher Education. University of Oregon and Portland State University have already said they’re eager to try this new model, but others in the system are happy with the current form of governance.
The bill still has a long way to go before it becomes law. Negotiations recently got more complicated due to some opposition from the University of Oregon Foundation. The UO’s fundraising arm doesn’t want independent governing boards to include faculty and staff.
Are you a student, faculty or staff member at an Oregon university? Did you graduate from one of Oregon’s universities? Who should be in charge of governing schools in the Oregon University System?
- Mark Hass: Oregon state senator (D-Beaverton)
- Melody Rose: Interim Chancellor of the Oregon University System
- Emily McLain: Executive Director of the Oregon Student Association