To reflect its expansion to a four-year university and momentum towards a new campus near downtown Bend, OSU-Cascades revised its mission and vision in 2013.  The campus community is currently working towards finalizing the goals below, and creating strategies and metrics to support them.


As the branch campus of Oregon’s leading public research university, Oregon State University - Cascades provides globally relevant education, research and outreach. Our students develop the knowledge and critical thinking ability to lead informed lives, serve their communities and enhance their careers. OSU-Cascades is committed to the diversity and sustainability of the campus and surrounding community.


Oregon State University – Cascades will be a comprehensive four-year university and major contributor to the vitality of the unique Central Oregon community and environment. It will be a destination of choice for students, faculty and staff seeking teaching and research excellence within a dynamic, inclusive and student-centered campus community.      


Expand to a Four-Year University

  • Increase the number of academic programs that supports the region and attracts non-resident students
  • Develop a unique and compelling lower-division cohort experience beginning fall 2015 to include: learning communities, coursework that is globally relevant and high-impact learning experiences
  • Provide 20 percent of courses through Ecampus (taught by OSU-Cascades instructors) or via hybrid delivery.
  • Establish a residential campus in the heart of Bend that embraces sustainable design and operating practices

 Enable Scholars 

  • Increase undergraduate engagement in scholarship that supports faculty research agendas
  • Identify creative solutions that encourage OSU-Corvallis graduate students to work with OSU-Cascades scholars
  • Increase research partnerships in order to expand our research facilities
  • Develop processes to enable scholars to easily and seamlessly access grant support at both campuses

Connect to Community

  • Increase partnerships with businesses, non-profits, school districts and government entities that support the region’s priorities
  • Engage OSU alumni in Central Oregon and OSU-Cascades alumni in meaningful ways
  • Enrich the intellectual and cultural vitality of the region through programming and events
  • Provide public, multi-use spaces to enhance collaboration with community partners, with attention to aesthetic and intellectual value

Enhance the Campus Experience

  • Create a collaborative, welcoming and accepting culture that values cross-cultural interactions
  • Increase the diversity of the campus community
  • Increase student retention and success
  • Build a sense of community

Increase Fiscal Stability

  • Meet enrollment targets
  • Increase private giving 
  • Identify additional revenue sources beyond tuition
  • Increase transparency of the financial systems
  • Manage to a sustainable expense base 

2008 Strategic Plan