2015 ORS 350.085¹
Mission statements and academic programs of public universities

The Higher Education Coordinating Commission shall:

(1) Review all mission statements of the public universities listed in ORS 352.002 (Public universities); and

(2) Approve all significant changes to academic programs offered at the public universities, and shall ensure that the changes:

(a) Are consistent with the mission statement of the respective public university;

(b) Do not unnecessarily duplicate academic programs offered by other public universities;

(c) Are not located in a geographic area that will cause undue hardship to Oregon’s other public universities; and

(d) Are allocated among the public universities to maximize the achievement of statewide needs and requirements. [Formerly 351.047]

Note: Section 1, chapter 801, Oregon Laws 2015, provides:

Sec. 1. (1)(a) The Higher Education Coordinating Commission shall solicit applications from public universities listed in ORS 352.002 (Public universities) to participate in a pilot program described in subsection (2) of this section.

(b) From the public universities that submit an application under paragraph (a) of this subsection, the commission shall select one public university with less than 10,000 enrolled undergraduate students and one public university with 10,000 or more enrolled undergraduate students to participate in a pilot program described in subsection (2) of this section.

(c) The commission shall select which public universities will participate in a pilot program based on the commission’s analysis of the following factors for each public university that submits an application under paragraph (a) of this subsection:

(A) The cost-effectiveness of the proposal based on the proposed number of students expected to be served; and

(B) The degree to which each university has demonstrated:

(i) A commitment to providing career services as part of its student advising processes;

(ii) The infrastructure necessary to effectively and efficiently fulfill the goals of the pilot program as set forth in subsection (2) of this section; and

(iii) The ability to use the pilot program to assist students from traditionally underserved populations.

(d) The commission shall select the two public universities that will participate in a pilot program by January 1, 2016.

(2) Each university selected by the commission under subsection (1) of this section shall use moneys appropriated under section 2 of this 2015 Act to hire additional staff comprising one full-time equivalent. The staff hired under this subsection shall design and develop a pilot program for the university that:

(a) Coordinates the opportunities for student career advising and mentorship available through the university’s:

(A) Academic advising center;

(B) Career services center; and

(C) Alumni network or alumni foundations; and

(b) Establishes a method for students who participate in the pilot program to engage in these opportunities for career advising and mentorship.

(3) Each pilot program developed under subsection (2) of this section must be approved by the governing board of the university before it is implemented.

(4) The commission and the public universities selected by the commission under subsection (1) of this section shall jointly:

(a) Present a final program framework and implementation plan for the pilot programs in the manner provided by ORS 192.245 (Form of report to legislature) to the committees relating to higher education during the 2016 regular session of the Legislative Assembly; and

(b) Present a progress report on the results of the pilot programs in the manner provided by ORS 192.245 (Form of report to legislature) to the committees relating to higher education during the 2017 regular session of the Legislative Assembly. [2015 c.801 §1]

Note: Sections 1 and 2, chapter 743, Oregon Laws 2015, provide:

Sec. 1. The Higher Education Coordinating Commission shall work with public universities listed in ORS 352.002 (Public universities) to develop effective solutions to address the problem of students who:

(1) Enroll in a public university listed in ORS 352.002 (Public universities);

(2) Successfully complete two or more years of coursework at the university; and

(3) Leave the university without graduating and without any official recognition of their academic accomplishments. [2015 c.743 §1]

Sec. 2. Section 1 of this 2015 Act is repealed on July 1, 2020. [2015 c.743 §2]

Note: Sections 1 and 2, chapter 741, Oregon Laws 2015, provide:

Sec. 1. (1) The Higher Education Coordinating Commission shall convene a work group to analyze and develop recommendations to address disparities in higher education within traditionally marginalized, underserved or underrepresented communities.

(2) The work group established under subsection (1) of this section shall be composed of students, faculty, staff and administrators at public universities listed in ORS 352.002 (Public universities) and community colleges. The commission shall provide any staffing resources necessary for the work group to complete its analysis and recommendations.

(3) The focus of the work group is on addressing through continuing education the disparities that currently exist in higher education for the following groups and subgroups:

(a) People of color;

(b) People with disabilities;

(c) Individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender;

(d) Nontraditional students;

(e) First-generation college students;

(f) Students who formerly served in the Armed Forces of the United States; and

(g) People whose first language is not English.

(4) The commission shall submit a report in the manner provided by ORS 192.245 (Form of report to legislature) detailing the analysis and recommendations required under this section to the interim legislative committees on higher education no later than June 30, 2016. [2015 c.741 §1]

Sec. 2. Section 1 of this 2015 Act is repealed on December 31, 2017. [2015 c.741 §2]

Note: Sections 2 and 3, chapter 132, Oregon Laws 2015, provide:

Sec. 2. The Higher Education Coordinating Commission shall:

(1) Convene a work group that includes representatives of students, community colleges and public universities listed in ORS 352.002 (Public universities) for the purposes of:

(a) Assessing the information that is available to students to determine admission standards and identify the number of credits and the types of courses that fulfill baccalaureate degree requirements;

(b) Determining the feasibility and cost to implement a transfer credit evaluation system that has data from all community colleges and public universities in this state and that may be used by students to determine which credits will transfer among the community colleges and public universities in this state; and

(c) Determining how to implement best practices for providing students with the information described in paragraph (a) of this subsection and making students aware of the information available as described in paragraph (b) of this subsection.

(2) Develop and initiate a research plan to analyze:

(a) Which credits for an associate transfer degree are not applicable toward a baccalaureate degree;

(b) Whether credits for an associate transfer degree that are not applicable toward a baccalaureate degree are considered to be elective credits; and

(c) Why some credits for an associate transfer degree are not applicable toward a baccalaureate degree.

(3) Submit a report no later than July 1, 2016, to the interim legislative committees on education that summarizes the results of the work group and the research plan and that may make recommendations for legislation. [2015 c.132 §2]

Sec. 3. Section 2 of this 2015 Act is repealed on July 1, 2016. [2015 c.132 §3]

Note: Sections 1 to 4, chapter 214, Oregon Laws 2015, provide:

Sec. 1. Sections 2 and 3 of this 2015 Act shall be known as the Affordable Baccalaureate Degree Act. [2015 c.214 §1]

Sec. 2. (1) Public universities listed in ORS 352.002 (Public universities) shall work toward developing and providing four-year baccalaureate degrees, or pathways to baccalaureate degrees, that are affordable and offered at a fixed cost that is significantly less than the cost of a traditional baccalaureate degree at the universities.

(2) Community colleges shall assist public universities listed in ORS 352.002 (Public universities) in developing the fixed-cost baccalaureate degrees described in subsection (1) of this section by developing streamlined transfer and dual enrollment programs that have the potential to reduce the cost of higher education in this state.

(3) Affordable four-year baccalaureate degree programs developed under this section must meet the same educational and accreditation standards as other baccalaureate degree programs offered by the universities and must be capable of being approved by the governing boards of the public universities and by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission under ORS 351.047. [2015 c.214 §2]

Sec. 3. (1) The Higher Education Coordinating Commission shall conduct a detailed analysis of the options available to provide, and the feasibility of public universities listed in ORS 352.002 (Public universities) offering, affordable baccalaureate degrees as described in section 2 of this 2015 Act.

(2) In addition to any other factors considered relevant by the commission, the analysis required under subsection (1) of this section must include an examination of:

(a) The potential use of college credits earned by students while in high school;

(b) The transfer of community college credits;

(c) The potential use of courses offered through the Internet, including massive open online courses (MOOCs);

(d) The potential use of state funds or other incentives that may ensure that affordable baccalaureate degrees are available; and

(e) The ways in which Oregon’s post-secondary education institutions use accelerated college credits, community college transfer credits and courses offered through the Internet, including MOOCs, to reduce tuition costs, and the effectiveness of these practices.

(3) The commission shall submit a report in the manner provided by ORS 192.245 (Form of report to legislature) describing the analysis conducted as required under this section, and the commission’s findings, to the legislative committees on higher education during the 2016 regular session of the Legislative Assembly. [2015 c.214 §3]

Sec. 4. Sections 1, 2 and 3 of this 2015 Act are repealed on July 1, 2016. [2015 c.214 §4]


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 350—Statewide Coordination of Higher Education, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors350.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.