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University of Oregon

The University of Oregon has a new leader. The Board of Trustees voted Thursday to hire Provost Scott Coltrane to replace Michael Gottfredson who resigned abruptly Wednesday.

University of Oregon

University of Oregon President Michael Gottfredson has resigned after two years on the job. Gottfredson announced his decision Wednesday in a campus-wide email. He took the helm in 2012 replacing an interim president who took over after Richard Lariviere  was fired by the State Board of Higher Education. KLCC's Rachael McDonald went on campus Thursday to find out what students think about Gottfredson's abrupt departure.

University of Oregon

Just two years into the job, University of Oregon President Michael Gottfredson announced he is stepping down, effective immediately. In a campus-wide email Wednesday he says he's leaving to pursue other opportunities in academia and spend more time with his family. Gottfredson says with new strategic planning and a new governance structure for higher education, it's the right time for a new president.

Backpacks For Back To School Kicks Off

Aug 6, 2014
Amanda Butt

Wednesday, St. Vincent de Paul along with sponsoring partners met at Bi-Mart in Eugene to kick-off the “Backpacks for Back to School Drive.”

The “Backpacks for Back-to-School Drive” gives backpacks filled with basic school supplies to Lane County students for their first day of school. Ronnel Curry, executive director of the Springfield Education Foundation says new school supplies are vital to a child’s success.  

Rob Manning / OPB News

This summer in Oregon, education leaders brought together teaching professors and school officials to improve teacher training. The June institute followed a national report, critical of training programs. And new teachers will soon be asked to pass a new standardized test. Think of it as a Common Core for teachers in training.

The National Council on Teacher Quality recently blasted teacher preparation programs across the country - including those in Oregon.

OSU-Cascades, the Oregon State University campus in Bend, has taken another step toward becoming a four-year university. Currently, it offers only upper division courses.  Some 46 acres could be added to the campus following a tentative approval given to the purchase of a former pumice mine.   A study by Carlson Geotechnical found no areas of significant instability while citing the need for improvements to the site.

Karen Richards

People around Eugene or the University of Oregon in the next week may hear more foreign language speakers than usual.  There are thousands of athletes and coaches here for the World Junior Track and Field Championships. Helping orient those visitors is a group of U of O student ambassadors. 

("Welcome to Eugene" in Japanese) ("Welcome to Eugene" in Italian)

U.S. Navy

Oregon State University and the state Department of Education will soon learn more about grade school students who begin school as English language learners due to a federal grant.

The $400,000 grant will be used for research about how Oregon students who enter school without speaking English proficiently are doing over a number of years.

Karen Thompson, an assistant professor in the College of Education at OSU, will lead the study.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Oregon State University received a large donation this week to launch a planned expansion of its marine studies facility and program.

OSU accepted a 20-million dollar anonymous donation this week to begin its fundraising for another Hatfield Marine Science Center facility in South Beach.  

The 100-thousand square foot, two-story building is expected to be completed by 2017. The Marine Science Center currently houses 50 students. Director Bob Cowen expects there will be 500 students studying at the campus by 2025.

University of Oregon

As of July 1st, three public universities in Oregon are now governed by their own boards instead of being under the auspices of the State Board of Higher Education.

Oregon State, Portland State and the University of Oregon transitioned this week to independent management. The other 4 public universities in Oregon will move to their own boards next year. U of O President Michael Gottfredson says with a decline in state funding, the older systems of governance of higher education need to change.

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