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Urban policy -- Oregon -- Portland -- Periodicals, Portland (Or.) -- Politics and government -- Periodicals, Portland (Or.) -- Social conditions -- Periodicals


In 1978, a City Club committee was charged to investigate and analyze PSU's role in the community with an eye to making recommendations deemed “appropriate in order that the community and PSU may attain maximum advantage from their association." The Committee looked at PSU goals and community attitude toward PSU. It also examined PSU's financing "to determine if state support adequately allows for differences from other state institutions of higher education." This report is an update on the 1978 committee's findings.

Two other City Club studies have addressed the role of PSU and higher education in Portland. The 1980 “Report on a Vision of Portland’s Future” stressed the concept of public and private local colleges as “islands of excellence” but rated Portland's educational institutions as “largely forgotten, ignored, or taken-for-granted assets.”

The 1983 “Report on High Technology Industry-Education Cooperation” suggested that clarification of the roles of Oregon's post-secondary schools and cooperative work among campuses would improve an educational climate where turf battles and lack of flexibility or motivation to change predominate. The report suggested, “The general failure of public higher education to meet industry's particularly evident in Portland.” It recommended a consolidated higher education system with a program focus “where there is substantial industrial support.”

Published in City Club of Portland Bulletin Vol. 65, No. 30

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