OSU-Cascades' new campus opened fall of 2016:
The campus offers 16 undergraduate majors, 30 options and minors, and three graduate programs. Many degrees – computer science, energy systems engineering, exercise and sport science, hospitality management, and tourism and outdoor leadership - were created out of a regional need for skilled employees.
As OSU-Cascades plans for future degrees, it will incorporate information such as student demand for a degree, local employer need for graduates, national trends and similar degrees at other universities into its planning.
Athletics can be a big part of university life and can create campus and community spirit. OSU-Cascades has a good start with its club sports. The alpine and Nordic ski club teams, and road and mountain biking club teams formed in 2012. The ski teams competed at the US Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association national championships in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
There may not be a football team in the future though, but because the region attracts so many athletes, we see an active and athletic student community in our future.
When construction of OSU-Cascades’ 10-acre campus is complete, it will serve up to 1,890 students, with more than 300 of those students living on campus in a 113,000 square-foot residence and dining/academic complex to be completed in winter 2017.
Longer term, a community task force recommended a goal for OSU-Cascades to provide housing for at least 40 percent of students as it expands beyond the 10-acres. Studies show that students who live on campus are more likely to succeed academically, and OSU-Cascades is exploring options to meet that community task force goal. So in addition to housing, campus planners are including retail, fitness and gathering spaces that will provide students’ on-campus places’ to enjoy.
Yes. OSU-Cascades’ plan for parking and transportation for the new campus meets the demands of an increasingly sustainable-minded society:
The 10-acre campus will accommodate 1,890 students. Ultimately, OSU-Cascades plans to serve 3,000 to 5,000 students in Central Oregon. To be able to do that, campus officials are considering a variety of options for expansion:
The new 10-acre campus opened for classes in fall 2016. The residence hall and dining center complex opens winter 2017.
The first step towards expansion beyond the 10-acres is a series of current community engagement exercises to create a long range development plan (set to conclude in winter/early spring 2017). This process, which includes the development of a master plan and/or overlay for submital to the city of Bend and a phasing strategy, will help determine timing for a campus that will serve 3,000 to 5,000 students by 2025.
OSU-Cascades’ Campus Expansion Advisory Committee oversaw an extensive 17-month public outreach process that involved 108 community members, neighborhood association representatives, architects, planners, healthcare professionals, non-profit leaders, business leaders, local and state government representatives, and educators:
In preparation for the campus design team in spring 2016, OSU-Cascades initiated the Long Range Development Planning (LRDP) process with community members. The process began by reconvening with advisory group members from the November 2015 – January 2016 engagement process. During task force meetings in early 2016, the advisory groups participated with the design team to contribute feedback and ideas regarding their specific areas of interest (Arts, Culture & Enrichment; Community Integration; Health & Wellness; and Sustainability).
This process transitioned into the exploration of different design concepts, where community members weighed in on design concepts. Finally, in the plan development stage, specific details regarding topics such as transportation and parking strategies and design and building system standards will be developed. By spring of 2017, a campus master plan and/or overlay and a new university/neighborhood partnership will emerge as outcomes of the LRDP process.
During this process, outreach and design staff can provide presentations throughout Central Oregon. Any civic organizations looking to have a presentation around the campus design process may contact Nathan Moses.