higher education

Jefferson Exchange | November 17, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon November 17, 2014

SOU's Pleasant Enrollment Surprise

The initial projections for the current academic year showed a decline in enrollment at Southern Oregon University

The projections turned out to be wrong, happily. 

SOU is actually bigger this year, with a freshman class several dozen students bigger than expected. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 13, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Community College Students Need Remedial Education

RCC's Higher Education Center in Medford, shared with Southern Oregon University.
Credit Rogue Community College

It's no surprise that a few people will arrive at community college needing a little brush-up on academic subjects.  But half of them? 

That figure might actually be a little low; more than half of the students who enroll in Rogue Community College need at least some remedial education to prepare for college-level courses. 

To educators, that indicates a gap between what high schools teach and colleges need. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 10, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Nurturing The Entrepreneurs

Credit Almonroth/Wikimedia Commons

It can actually be hard to keep up with all of the economic development efforts going on around us. 

There are simultaneous efforts to bring in larger employers, assist existing employers, and give new small businesses a boost in their infancy. 

Put the Entrepreneurship Center at Rogue Community College in that last category. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 16, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu October 16, 2014

SOU Puts Time Pressure On Scholarship Campaign

People seem to respond well to deadline pressure, so why not provide some for a fundraising campaign? 

That's the thinking at the Southern Oregon University Foundation.

SOUF is mounting a 100-hour campaign for the SOU scholarship... in this case, SOU stands for "Supporting Opportunities for Undergraduates." 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 12, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Oregon Universities On The Road To HECC

The University of Oregon began the move to separate governing boards.
Credit University of Oregon

Big changes are coming to public higher education in Oregon. 

Some of those changes have already taken place, with the formation of separate governing boards for several of the state university campuses, and the creation of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission. 

But the big questions remain: will the changes do anything to improve program offerings or hold the line on tuition increases? 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 8, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Higher Education: "Degrees Of Inequality"

Credit Basic Books

You can start an argument, or at least a spirited discussion, by raising the topic of higher education in America. 

The tuition is high, the level of student debt high, and the utility of certain degrees low or at least in doubt.

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University Undergoing Retrenchment
6:33 am
Thu March 6, 2014

SOU Faculty Votes No Confidence In Administration

Southern Oregon University professors overwhelmingly lack confidence in the school's administration, according to the results of a confidential vote released yesterday..

The results of the week-long tally, released by the Faculty Senate, show that most of the 217 faculty members who voted have no confidence in the ability of Vice President of Finance and Administration Craig Morris, Provost Jim Klein and President Mary Cullinan.

The Mail Tribune reports that all but one member of the Faculty Senate voted in favor of holding the confidential vote.

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5:55 am
Wed March 5, 2014

SOU Faculty To Forgo Salary Increases

Faculty members at Southern Oregon University say they have agreed to forgo salary increases this year and next in an effort to soften cuts proposed across the university.

The Mail Tribune reports the faculty union has settled a new two-year contract with university administration.  

Union President Jim Rible said the union hopes that giving up raises will help save positions and money for the university.

University administration announced in November its plan to embark upon retrenchment, a process in which it can cut staff and academic programs as it sees fit.

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Several Majors Eliminated
5:57 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

SOU Releases Plan For Cuts

Hannon Library, in the heart of the SOU campus.
Credit Finetooth/Wikimedia

Southern Oregon University will move ahead with plans to cut programs to save money.

On Thursday, SOU administration released plans for "retrenchment"--cutbacks in academic programs that allow the elimination of faculty jobs.

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Fundraising Beginning For Satellite
6:42 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Rural Medicine Center Planned For Klamath Falls

OHSU Main Campus in Portland. The Klamath Falls facility will be much smaller.
Credit U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Oregon Health & Science University is planning to create a satellite campus in Klamath Falls, Oregon to focus on rural medicine.

OHSU's provost and vice president announced Wednesday that the campus would become a hub. A dean is expected to be hired by July so that campus planning can begin.

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Hinges On New State Money
6:37 am
Fri November 15, 2013

California University System Approves Budget

U. C. Berkeley Campus
Credit U of California

The University of California's Board of Regents has approved a proposed budget for next school year that hinges on the state giving the system an additional $120 million for pension cuts, enrollment growth, and improvements to academic programs.

The Board of Regents passed the spending plan unanimously at a meeting Thursday.

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Media & Society
7:53 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Party Patrols Start In Eugene

University of Oregon campus in Eugene.
Credit University of Oregon

Classes start Monday at public universities in Oregon, and Eugene police are resuming party patrols to control noise and crowds in student neighborhoods near the U of O.

The Register-Guard reports police have already been called this week to quiet noisy parties near campus.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 27, 2013
3:26 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Boosting The U. of California: "Promise For Education"

University of California, Berkeley.
Credit U of California

You've heard plenty about the challenges in public higher education: nearly universal reductions in state support, resulting in fewer programs and higher tuition. 

The University of California and its supporters just fired up a campaign called "Promise For Education," designed to raise money through social media and the concept of crowdsourcing. 

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