Strategic goals of the Statewide Public Service Programs

Goal 1: Build excellence in education through programs that foster 1) youth development and health education for children and families to prepare students for learning, 2) real-world experience for OUS students to prepare graduates for careers, and 3) lifelong access to learning and community engagement to stimulate innovation and a creative workforce.
Proposed strategies:

  • Directly address the challenges of the state’s 40-40-20 initiative by increasing opportunities for learning and successful education in communities across the state.
  • Connect education with family and community health. OSU Extension works closely with existing local services without creating more bureaucracy or distorting the missions of other agencies. Therefore Extension increases the effectiveness of individual social service programs.
  • Develop an early interest in learning through increased participation in youth programs designed to foster inquiry, responsibility, and follow-through.
  • Jumpstart participation and success of students from under-represented minorities through a variety of 4-H pre-college and college-prep programs.
  • Provide students with experiential STEM learning and research opportunities on our campuses and at Branch Experiment Stations and Extension offices statewide.
  • Increase college degree completion through Oregon Open Campus.
  • Increase access to research-based educational material for those who seek to strengthen their workforce skills and to keep Oregon globally competitive.
  • Increase opportunities for people to contribute to their communities as highly trained master volunteers and Extension volunteer educators.

Goal 2: Build excellence in jobs and the economy through programs that 1) identify research needs and market opportunities through collaboration with industry leaders, 2) apply research to help people solve problems at levels from local to global, and 3) provide access to lifelong learning and local innovations to build a powerful workforce.  
Proposed strategies:

  • Help Oregon’s communities develop economically, by providing the knowledge for innovation and the sustainable natural resources necessary for companies to locate and grow here.
  • Increase student opportunities for relevant experience and learning opportunities at statewide Extension offices and Branch Experiment Stations to build a creative problem-solving workforce in Oregon.
  • Provide research for the public good, focused on areas not addressed by private research, such as public health, food safety, and environmental protection.
  • Expand OSU’s statewide multidisciplinary expertise to address complex local and global challenges.
  • Strengthen ties between research and Extension to foster entrepreneurship, create new companies, and identify opportunities for new products, innovative manufacturing, and product testing.

Goal 3: Further contribute to OSU’s three Signature Areas of Distinction through responsive statewide programs.
Proposed strategies:

  • Engage statewide multidisciplinary research and outreach to develop innovative solutions to complex problems that resist simple technical or social solutions.
  • Further explore the complex systems upon which life depends for food, shelter, and sustainable energy.
  • Increase the science literacy of all Oregonians and communicate the science behind complex public issues such as climate change, human health, and feeding an ever-increasing world population.
  • Be among the first responders to changing needs and emerging issues. OSU’s statewide faculty are in a trusted position to convene a broad range of stakeholders to address emerging community needs and find collaborative, research-based, sustainable solutions.
  • Provide policy-makers with analyses, not advocacy, to help them create cost-effective policies to ensure Oregon’s quality of life and viability of communities.
  • Increase the visibility and impact of OSU statewide programs in the Portland metro area and in central Oregon.
  • Sustain a powerful problem-solving capacity in signature areas through coordinated hiring of statewide faculty.

Goal 4: Develop diverse sources of revenue to leverage state funding and support public service where discovery and learning is most needed.
Proposed strategies:

  • Continue record of success in securing revenues from research grants and contracts.
  • Continue to pursue opportunities for technology transfer, licensing, and commercialization.
  • Collaborate with industry and institutional partners in areas of shared vision to gain efficiencies in program development and delivery.
  • Backfill critical programs with local funds, selective fee structures, and/or citizen participation.
  • Improve the physical and information infrastructure that supports education, research, and outreach and engagement of the Statewide Public Service Programs.


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