We are fully committed to providing a safe environment in which you may learn and work, and we took last week’s event very seriously.
On Friday, SOU’s Board of Trustees will vote on 2018-19 tuition and fees that are being recommended by ASSOU and the administration. I am writing to make sure that you are fully informed about the tuition rates that are being proposed.
We all have reason to be especially proud today of our university and its progress – Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission unanimously approved our new mission statement and its members described our strategic planning work as “exemplary” and “energizing.”
At my annual State of the University Address a few weeks ago, I suggested to the campus that Southern Oregon University can become our state’s University for the Future. It’s an idea that has developed over the past year as SOU created a strategic plan to serve as our roadmap.
There is one important thing I want to call your attention to before Winter break begins. Last month, Ballot Measure 101 qualified for a special statewide election to be held on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018. I hope that each and every one of you will participate in the democratic process and exercise your right to vote.
I’m particularly pleased today to share several pieces of good news – relatively speaking – considering the challenges our campus worked through together this winter and spring. Most of my update for you comes by way of the Oregon Legislature, and it will benefit every student at SOU.
This is a day for cautious optimism that SOU’s tuition increase for the 2017-18 academic year may not be as high as anticipated, based on action by the Education Subcommittee of the Oregon Legislature’s budget-writing joint Ways and Means Committee.
Southern Oregon University is a place where diverse backgrounds intersect and where all members of our academic community are supported and respected – as are their thoughtfully shared views on any issues they consider important.
During her recent State of the University address on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, SOU President Linda Schott provided updates on the current status of SOU and discussed the importance of developing a shared vision for the future.
Southern Oregon University welcomes its new president, Linda Schott, Ph.D., on Monday, Aug. 1. She succeeds Dr. Roy Saigo, who is retiring and has served first as interim president and then president since July 2014.