The future Student Success Center is slated to house services that are proven to increase graduation rates, house veteran services, and connect students to internship providers and employers.
On Saturday, June 26, the Oregon State Legislature approved $13.8 million in state-backed bonds for a new Student Success Center at OSU-Cascades. With space a premium at the fastest growing university in Oregon, and Central Oregon’s job growth projected to be the highest in the state, the future Student Success Center will provide a dedicated venue to develop today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders.
Construction of the 22,500 square-foot center will start in 2022. It is anticipated to open to students in the 2023-2024 academic year.
Students played a critical role in securing state funding for the new building. Not only did they work with legislators to explain the compelling need, they also voted in 2017 to increase student fees for the additional space and enhanced success services. The increased fees will raise $5 million for the project.
“We are dedicated to creating a better tomorrow for future generations of OSU-Cascades students,” said Taha Elwefati, president of the Associated Students of Cascades Campus.
Around the country, 55% of first-time freshmen enroll at a college within 50 miles of home. Central Oregonians represent 59% of students at OSU-Cascades. Without a nearby university, some young people may never attend college. But when they do, student success services can make a difference. This is especially true for:
Likelihood of persistence to a second year in college increases
Source: Oregon State University, Corvallis campus
Classes are just the start when it comes to launching a student onto a successful career path.
Experiences build students’ practical and professional skills, and talented future employees. More than 75% of OSU-Cascades 2020 graduates had participated in at least one experiential learning opportunity within four years of earning their degree.
Student success services make earning a degree and contributing to a workplace more likely.
Likelihood of becoming an engaged and active employee increases
1.8X with internships
1.6X with extracurricular activities
1.9X with encouragement from mentor
1.7X with in-depth project
Source: Gallup-Purdue Index 2015 Report on outcomes of higher education