Last-minute funding to reduce rise in tuition

A last-minute legislative infusion of $15 million into the Oregon University System’s operating budget is set to reduce in-state undergraduate tuition increases from 4.5 to 3.5 percent in what Dr. Melody Rose, the interim chancellor of OUS, called “the lowest [tuition] increase in many years.”

State bonds aid PSU construction projects

Recently approved state bonds—$64 million worth—will aid PSU in expanding the School of Business Administration and reshaping the Peter W. Stott Center. The funding comes as part of a larger, $743.5 million funding effort across the state to improve Oregon’s universities and community colleges.

Tuition set to increase

In a 10-3 vote on Friday, the Oregon Board of Higher Education gave final approval for tuition increases at the Oregon University System’s seven campuses, including Portland State.

PSU drops nearly 80 summer courses

Portland State’s administration last week officially cancelled 79 summer courses as part of an ongoing effort to reduce costs amid continuing budget pains faced by the university.

Conference to address issues of social advocacy

Portland State will play host to the first-ever Resistance Ecology Conference this weekend, a three-day event that will open with music and introductory presentations on Friday. The event will run through Sunday in the Smith Memorial Student Union.

Faculty contract talks underway

Collective bargaining between Portland State’s administration and faculty has taken a turn for the worrisome, according to faculty members familiar with the negotiations.

Task force to examine safety on campus

Portland State President Wim Wiewel has assembled a task force that will examine approaches to the question of public safety on campus. In an April 25 memorandum to the campus community, Wiewel outlined his vision for the task force’s work, which will be undertaken in the coming months.

PSU students address gentrification in Cully

A group of six Master of Urban and Regional Planning students led a workshop in the Cully neighborhood of Portland Thursday evening to address and prioritize community concerns about development and displacement in the area.