Topic: Oregon legislature

Oregon passes three bills in order to stimulate education

By on Wednesday, Mar. 19 at 9:08 pm.

Oregon legislature approved three bills earlier this month, all of which — if approved by Governor John Kitzhaber — will impact students and job growth in Oregon. House Bill 4116 — also known as the Aspiration College bill — was created with the assistance of community college students in mind. The bill requires the Department of Community Colleges and […]

Bowman: Coming out in Oregon

By on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 2:05 pm.

I’m bisexual. Coming out was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made. Here’s how two women I barely knew made it a little bit easier. I got lucky. When I came out to my friends (of all political and religious persuasions) the response was overwhelmingly positive. Most were surprised. Some not so much. But […]

Editorial: Campus workers deserve better

By on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 5:53 pm.

The Oregon University System and the classified campus workers recently settled their bargaining dispute only hours before workers were set to strike.  The classified staff still got a raw deal. Everyone at this school deserves a basic level of dignity and respect, especially individuals working in often thankless jobs serving students and staff. After dozens […]

Tuition buy-down means University of Oregon students will only pay 3.4 percent more next year

By on Monday, Oct. 21 at 1:11 pm.

The Oregon State Board of Higher Education has reduced the University of Oregon’s tuition increase to 3.4 percent from 5.8. The board also capped tuition increases at 3.5 percent for the next two years. That means resident undergraduates taking 15 credits will see their overall bill go up by $270 next year rather than the […]

Oregon Senate passes ‘Pay it Forward, Pay it Back’ legislation

By on Friday, Jul. 5 at 1:43 pm.

The Oregon Senate voted unanimously on Monday to pass HB 3472, a house study bill that’s looking to help students pay for college, while at the same time helping Oregon fix its education budget. The “Pay it Forward, Pay it Back” bill completely redefines the way higher education is funded. It allows students to attend […]

UO students and staff testify against governing board at legislative meeting

By on Wednesday, May. 29 at 7:24 pm.

Peter Buckley still remembers what a community college student said to him when she visited him a few years ago. “She said, ‘Every year I’ve been going to school in Oregon, I’ve had less,’” the Democratic representative  from Ashland said during a budget town hall meeting at Lane Community College on Tuesday night. “And that […]

Bill for tuition freezes heard in legislature, likely to pass Higher Education Committee

By on Saturday, Apr. 6 at 3:39 pm.

Tuition freezes for incoming undergraduates in Oregon universities could be one step closer to reality if House Bill 3472, heard in the Oregon Legislature this week, is passed. The bill, which would begin a study on the plausibility of tuition freezes in the Oregon University System, had its public hearing on Wednesday, along with two other […]

Rep. Michael Dembrow on making college a practical option despite $1 trillion national student debt

By on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 1:19 pm.

Michael Dembrow, an Oregon state house representative, is concerned about the way higher education is going. He has represented District 45 since 2009 and worked extensively on education and workforce issues. This year, Dembrow is chairing the new, permanent committee on higher education. He originally taught English at Portland Community College so naturally he believes education is […] Higher education becomes a priority with creation of state committee

By on Friday, Dec. 28 at 2:10 pm.

This is a first in state history. The Oregon Legislature has created a standing committee on higher education. To compare, California has had a standing committee on higher education since 1991 and Washington since at least the mid-90s. It’s part of an emerging focus on renovating and trying to improve the state university system. The […]

Tuition equity for undocumented students continues to be hot topic in Oregon

By on Sunday, Mar. 11 at 9:35 pm.

Hugo’s story is a common one among undocumented students trying to go to college, a struggle that has lasted for more than a decade as the Oregon State Legislature has continued to consider — and ultimately vote down — the idea of tuition equity, a provision that would allow undocumented students who attended K-12 within the state to pay in-state tuition at Oregon colleges.

Letter: HB 4061 amendments disruptive to an essential process

By on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 9:55 pm.

There is something seriously wrong in our state’s higher education system. There’s not enough funding and there’s not enough accountability. We as students bear the most severe burden of any group involved with this problem. It’s our money, our education, and our future on the chopping block as Salem looks to cut budgets further and further each year. We need to find solutions.