Oregon lacks a clear vision. That’s the conclusion of a new, nearly 100-page report when it comes to the state’s economic development plans and how higher education institutions throughout the state fit into that picture.
Last year, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown encouraged the state’s public colleges and universities to undergo a comprehensive study in order to get recommendations for financial stability and ideas on how to strengthen the higher education system in the state.
The Oregon Community College Association and the Oregon Council of Presidents hired the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, a private nonprofit, to undertake the study.
The report, widely released Thursday, says Oregon has a lot of work ahead of it to stabilize its higher education landscape and future workforce. Key points include that students need more affordable access to college, and the state needs to shell out more money to support that…