When we use the word “impact,” we like to show people what we mean, not just tell them. So we decided the best way to do that was to provide a picture of our impact on the state of Oregon – from the research we do and the economic footprint our university has on Corvallis and across Oregon, to the number of jobs we create around the state. These examples are just a start to understanding OSU’s longstanding tradition of making a difference in Oregon.
Oregon State University’s contributions in education, research and community engagement reach into each of the state’s 36 counties — and throughout the nation and the world. The university also makes a significant economic impact statewide — an estimated $1.932 billion in 2011. When totaled with the worldwide societal benefits of university research, Oregon State’s impact exceeds $2 billion.
Campaign for OSU
Having passed its initial goal of $625 million nearly a year ahead of schedule, the Campaign for OSU has now raised $794 million toward its revised goal of $1 billion by 2014. This first-ever major philanthropic effort for Oregon State raised $112.3 million in fiscal year 2010-11.
Oregon State’s 160,000 alumni excel in the workplace, earning substantially more than the national average and more at mid-career than alumni of other Oregon institutions. And they give back to their communities, with 40 percent serving on the boards of local organizations and/or volunteering time in community service.
Through innovation, discovery and application Oregon State research is helping to create new jobs and businesses; improve public health; and ensure the wise use and protection of natural resources. Oregon State received $261.7 million in research funding in 2011, more than all other public universities combined. OSU also started the current fiscal year with a record $42 million in research support in a single month, reinforcing the continued growth of its research programs.
OSU Extension Service faculty — along with 18,900 volunteers — annually reach 2.3 million Oregonians of all ages in both urban and rural communities through education and experiential learning programs such as Master Gardeners and 4-H. Other important OSU Extension Service initiatives include efforts to reduce food insecurity and hunger; working with physicians and care providers to address obesity among children in rural areas; and aiding economic development in coastal communities.
Oregon State University is committed to helping improve the future of Oregon, the nation and the world. This report outlines five strategic initiatives the university will pursue to further advance the health of our economy, the public and our planet.