CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Board of Trustees on Friday accepted a university strategic plan that will guide Oregon State through 2030, and in which OSU seeks to increase research activity, improve graduation rates and increase enrollment online and at OSU-Cascades in Bend.
The board also accepted the board chair’s report on the fiscal year 2023 assessment for Oregon State President Jayathi Murthy, including her goals for the next year, and expressed its strong support for the president’s overall performance over the last year, including progress on her previous goals.
The strategic plan, “Prosperity Widely Shared: The Oregon State Plan,” which will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2024, contains three goals to position Oregon State as a university focused on big discoveries that drive big solutions, a university where every student graduates and a university that fuels a thriving world.
“At Oregon State we create and share knowledge that changes the world for the better,” said Oregon State Provost and Executive Vice President Edward Feser. “This strategic plan rests on a vision for widely shared, environmentally sustainable prosperity in Oregon, the nation, and the world, with our role as a top-flight research university as a driver toward that vision.”
The plan identifies five targets the university seeks to achieve by 2030:
Board Chair Kirk Schueler applauded the plan.
“I appreciate that the planning team and steering committee thought deeply about what the university in the future might look like,” he said. “The plan takes into account the dramatic changes in the world and seeks to be ahead of them.”
The board approved these eight goals for Murthy:
Trustees praised Murthy for her performance the past year, citing her transparency, leadership on conference realignment and willingness to address pressing worldwide events.
“President Murthy is not afraid to take on any topic or subject, and she takes it on with a seriousness and practicality,” Schueler said. “It’s that calm and serious approach that positions OSU well to address the issues that arise in higher education.”
On Friday, the board also discussed a report on advancing equity, inclusion and social justice; heard a legislative update and an update on the Elliott State Research Forest; and approved a 2024 board work plan.
Full materials about the board meeting and its committee meetings, which were Thursday, can be found on the board’s web site.
About Oregon State University: As one of only three land, sea, space and sun grant universities in the nation, Oregon State serves Oregon and the world by working on today’s most pressing issues. Our more than 35,000 students come from across the globe, and our programs operate in every Oregon county. Oregon State receives more research funding than all of the state’s comprehensive public universities combined. At our campuses in Corvallis and Bend, marine research center in Newport, OSU Portland Center and award-winning Ecampus, we excel at shaping today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders.
By Sean Nealon, 541-737-0787, [email protected]
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