Each year President Edward J. Ray provides a compelling update on Oregon State University’s significant worldwide accomplishments in his State of the University address.
More than 600 alumni, donors, students and members of the business community attended this year’s event at the Portland Hilton.
During his speech, President Ray was excited to announce that with 11 months still to go before its conclusion, The Campaign for OSU exceeded its $1 billion goal.
The campaign has contributed to 600 new scholarships and endowed 77 faculty positions.
Ray also expressed concerns with Oregon’s 40-40-20 plan, which states that by 2025, 40 percent or more of Oregonians in the workforce will have a bachelor’s degree or higher; 40 percent will have an associate’s degree and 20 percent will have a high school diploma.
“We will not simply push more students through the system to meet a benchmark,” Ray promised. “The essential impact intended by 40-40-20, requires us to invest in access, affordability and excellence at Oregon State.”
Oregon State is growing as it moves towards its 150th anniversary in 2018. In the past 10 years, Oregon State has become the largest university in Oregon by enrollment, increasing 53 percent since 2004. This year’s enrollment totals more than 29,000 students who pursue their educations on the Corvallis campus, the OSU-Cascades campus in Bend and through the Ecampus online program. The average high school GPA of incoming freshmen in 3.57. With its continued growth, Oregon State has remained committed to diversity with minority students totaling 21 percent, a 50 percent increase since 2004.
As an internationally recognized public research university, Oregon State also has made significant strides with its research enterprise.
“At a time when federal and state agencies are cutting back on research funding, OSU is reinventing its research enterprise under the leadership of VP Rick Spinrad,” Ray said. “Industry-sponsored research is up 60 percent in five years and licensing agreements with industry have increased 83 percent.”
Ray ended by pointing out that Oregon State’s work is not done.
“While we celebrate the university’s past and recent achievements, I challenge each of us to excel, lead, innovate and serve with even greater impact for others in the future,” Ray said. “That is Oregon State University’s mission. It is a mission that I know all of Beaver Nation – near and far – will embrace.”
Watch the whole speech here: