By Beth Emshoff, Director, Oregon Open Campus

We have a lot going on with Oregon Open Campus (OOC) these days, and I wanted to take this opportunity to share some exciting news.

On March 18 Oregon State University, through the OOC initiative, and Klamath Community College (KCC) signed a memorandum agreement to pilot a new degree completion program in agricultural sciences.

Over the past year, with leadership from Willie Riggs – the OSU Extension Service regional administrator and director of the Klamath Basin Experiment Station – OOC has been working in partnership with KCC to finalize the details of this program.

Our ultimate goal is improved student success and retention.

Currently KCC students have the option to enroll in the Degree Partnership Program, which allows them to be jointly admitted and enrolled at KCC and Oregon State. Through this new degree completion program, students in Klamath and Lake counties who are interested in pursuing a degree in agricultural sciences can now travel a straight path from high school to an Oregon State degree, all without leaving the Klamath Basin.

The program, which begins this spring, makes it possible for high school students to earn 11 college credits, move to KCC’s agricultural sciences program, then complete Oregon State’s agricultural sciences program offered online through OSU Ecampus.

One unique component of this program is the “high touch” cohort model.

Students will meet regularly with Oregon State and KCC faculty, giving them access to mentoring, advising, ongoing encouragement and tutorials throughout the program.

This seamless approach should significantly reduce the

cost of an undergraduate education. KCC college credits in high school come at no cost, community college credits are about one-third the cost of university credits, and eliminating the relocation costs for students by staying in their home communities further reduces the total cost of an undergraduate degree.

We are currently exploring how this model might be replicated in other communities.

Oregon Open Campus in Tillamook County is in conversation with Tillamook Bay Community College to find a way for their students to transfer into OSU’s fisheries and wildlife sciences online degree program. Similar conversations are taking place on the south coast with Southwestern Oregon Community College.

For more information, check out the Klamath Falls Herald and News article. If you have questions or would like to discuss anything related to Oregon Open Campus, please contact me.

Willie Riggs (Regional Admin, OSU Extension Service), Beth Emshoff (Director, Oregon Open Campus) and Keith Duran
Willie Riggs (Regional Administrator, OSU Extension Service), Beth Emshoff (Director, Oregon Open Campus) and Keith Duren (Department Chair Natural Resource Systems, KCC)
Scott Reed (Vice Provost, OSU Division of University Outreach and Engagement, Dan Arp (Dean, OSU College of Agricultural Sciences) and Roberto Gutierrez (President, Klamath Community College)
Scott Reed (Vice Provost, OSU Division of University Outreach and Engagement), Dan Arp (Dean, OSU College of Agricultural Sciences) and Roberto Gutierrez (President, KCC)

Jennifer AlexanderName: Jennifer Alexander

Position: Publishing Manager, EESC

Hometown: Humboldt, Iowa

# of years at OSU: 2 ½ years

Best part of your job: Since I grew up involved in 4-H and studied horticulture, journalism, and agricultural education in college, working in Extension communication is a perfect fit. My dad is a former county Extension agent and current state 4-H specialist in Iowa, and I have great respect for our OSU Extension faculty and staff across the state, who spend every day (and many nights and weekends) serving others. Getting to use what I do well to help others share their work with the world is an honor and a privilege.

Something someone might be surprised to know about you: I’ve kissed the Blarney Stone.

Favorite book/movie/album:

Book: Where the Sidewalk Ends (Shel Silverstein)

Movie: The Blues Brothers

Album: anything by Tori Amos

free the textbookLast week we celebrated Open Education Week, an annual worldwide event to raise awareness of the Open Educational Resources (OERs) movement and the opportunities that OERs create for teaching and learning around the globe. So, you may be wondering …

Who is doing open education?

We are! Universities worldwide are creating and using OERs. Land grant universities in particular are taking on the creation of OERs as a part of their mission to educate and share research with the public and K-12 schools that might need access to materials for high-achieving students. The OER Commons is a great place to see what is out there and search for items that others are creating.

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Name: Scott Leavengood

Position: Director, Oregon Wood Innovation Center

Hometown: Born in Cincinnati, OH, grew up in suburban Chicago

# of years at OSU: 18

Best part of your job: Helping people combined with variety in my daily tasks – In Extension, every day is unique.  One day I might be assisting an entrepreneur with a new product idea, the next I might be in a sawmill helping the quality control manager with tools and techniques for evaluating product quality, and the next day guest lecturing in a course, etc.

Something someone might be surprised to know about you: People are often surprised to learn that I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago.  I can only guess this is because they are surprised that someone from a very urban place would choose to study wood science/wood products manufacturing and live in a far more rural state (but that’s a really great way to be from Chicago…)

Favorite book/movie/album:  My favorite book is the USDA Wood Handbook: Wood as an Engineering Material – just kidding.  I’m not sure I have a favorite book or movie but for album, showing my age a bit, I’d say it’s Boston’s first album (1976).

Name: Janean Creighton

Position: Extension Specialist, Forest Science Delivery FES Dept., College of Forestry

Hometown: Edmonds, Wash.

# of years at OSU: 3+

Best part of your job: As Administrative Director of the NW Fire Science Consortium, I have the good fortune of working with a wide variety of people from federal, state, non-profit, and private organizations; which can be quite challenging, but who doesn’t like a challenge?  The best part of my job is being able to interact with fire resource managers and researchers in the field.  It’s nice to be able to get out of the office and into the woods once in a while!

Something someone might be surprised to know about you: I used to be a professional actor.  That was a whole other life ago!

Favorite book/movie/album: My favorite movie is Blazing Saddles; probably because I grew up the only girl along with 3 older brothers.  They helped shape my sense of humor.

Yesterday, I joined 500 people in Portland to hear President Ed Ray deliver his State of the University address. In it, he called out several dimensions of our collective work in outreach and engagement. He affirmed that the state is our campus with OSU faculty engaged across the state and working from facilities in all 36 counties. He emphasized the work of Extension’s 4-H Youth Development Program that “…bridges the gap between K-12 education and life skills.”

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Victor VillegasName: Victor Villegas

Position: Technology & Media Support Coordinator

Hometown: Riverside, California

# of years at OSU: 1 year

Best part of your job: Helping people understand and use technology to improve their work and daily lives. I get to show others that technology is not scary and can actually be fun and amazing!

Something someone might be surprised to know about you: I learned how to fly an airplane when I was sixteen and was originally an Aeronautics major.

Favorite book/movie/album: My favorite book is “Yeager”, the autobiography by Chuck Yeager, the first man to break the sound barrier. My two favorite movies are “The Great Waldo Pepper” and “Top Gun”. My favorite album is “Tales from the Acoustic Planet” by Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, and friends.

Girl at laptopA funny thing happened to me on my way to hear Sebastian Thrun speak in October. Thrun, you’ll remember is the (former) Stanford Artificial Intelligence professor, whose free online course went viral last year, starting the frenzy over Massive Open Online Courses, known by the acronym MOOCs. These are super-large enrollment non-credit courses offered for free. Thrun’s AI course attracted around 160,000 enrollments. What is seldom added to that fact is that around 133,000 dropped out of the course. Nonetheless, 28,000 students are more than Thrun would ever reach with his in-person lectures during his lifetime.

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This September over 40 Oregon State faculty members (many brand new to the OSU community) participated in the first Roads Scholar Tour. The tour, sponsored by the Division of University Outreach and Engagement, College of Agricultural Sciences and the Center for Latino/a Studies and Engagement, made five stops between Corvallis and Portland, and in between an engaging conversation was led by our tour hosts Barbara Holland and Judith Ramaley, both internationally renowned leaders in the area of community engagement.

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