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Bill Would Require Oregon Universities To Explain Administration Needs, Cost Increases

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Do Oregon’s public universities need to hire more administrators? If so, they’ll have to explain why—if the governor signs into law a bill the state Senate passed Wednesday.???

The bill would require Oregon’s public universities to submit a report to the Higher Education Coordinating Commission in January of each odd-numbered year detailing the need for more administrators. The schools would have to cite the causes of any cost increases and what universities are doing to control costs. ??

Sen. Jeff Kruse said, beyond HB 3288, he wants to see even more done to reduce the cost of higher education. ??

“This is the first in what I hope will be a series of actions that we will take as a legislative assembly to try to for the first time maybe to get a true picture of why four-year universities cost so much and why they have so outstripped inflation over the last 40 years,” Kruse said.

The bill is on its way to Gov. Kate Brown’s desk for her signature.