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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
Gov. John Kitzhaber signed into law a new health care plan, Senate Bill 1580, last Friday — a bill that will establish provider groups that serve Oregon Health Plan clients.
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.
The Oregon University System is currently lobbying the state legislature to not make any more budget cuts this session past the 3.5 percent already set aside by the state, but growing disinvestment in higher education may lead to more cuts.
We’re past the term’s halfway point, and I felt it’d be a good time to review the latest updates to issues that are pertinent to both myself and the University community at large.
A packed meeting room in the Oregon State Capitol played host to friends and foes of Senate Bill 405, the proposed statute authorizing the creation of a University police force, as the House Judiciary Committee held public testimony on the bill Tuesday.