Oregon Statutes - Chapter 352 - State and Independent Institutions of Higher Education - Section 352.390 - Regional services institutes; general program; location.

(1) The State Board of Higher Education shall cause to have prepared and submitted to the Legislative Assembly a program and time schedule for the establishment of regional services institutes at appropriate state institutions of higher education. The program shall include academic curriculum and practical training appropriate to train students in various aspects of economic and community services planning, with particular emphasis on economic services planning for areas of the state that have common geographic, economic and social characteristics but which do not have sufficient population to qualify as standard metropolitan statistical areas.

(2) In carrying out its duties under subsection (1) of this section, the board shall consult with the Economic and Community Development Department and shall rely on the department for technical advice and, as necessary, technical services. The board shall also consult with community colleges, Oregon State University Extension Service, economic development districts and special districts providing community and economic development services in the region in order to prepare curriculum and programs with particular emphasis to streamlining existing programs, avoiding duplication and overlap of programs, better utilization of students and resources, and identification of needs in the region which are currently unaddressed.

(3) In preparing programs for establishing regional services institutes, the board shall give priority to establishing such institutes at Eastern Oregon University and Southern Oregon University. The board may also direct the hiring of an institute director and other staff as may be from time to time required. [1973 c.692 §1; 1979 c.620 §1; 1997 c.11 §9]

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