By Catherine Stevens
President Ed Ray will deliver the 10th annual Charles Carpenter Memorial Lecture at OSU next week. The lecture series honors Charles Carpenter, a former community college leader and a professor at Oregon State who helped establish the Community College Leadership Program, which leads to a Doctorate in Education from OSU. Each year a nationally renowned expert speaks about current issues pertaining to community colleges. Topics of previous lectures have included “Leadership and the New Normal” with speakers from various colleges along the West Coast.
Friday’s lecture, titled “The Role of Governance, State Funding, and Accountability in Reaching the 40-40-20 Goal,” will cover pertinent issues surrounding the state’s initiative to have all Oregonians graduate high school, with a minimum of 40% of residents achieving an associate degree or professional certification and 40% a bachelor’s degree or higher by 2025.
The initiative was approved by the Oregon Legislature in 2011. OSU is already helping achieve it by working to improve the K-12 education pipeline and educator preparation in addition to its focus on higher education. Among the programs currently in place are high school visits by university officials and college visits to inform students of transfer options and increase the number of low-income and traditionally underrepresented students in college.
The lecture is on Friday, May 9 at 4 p.m. at 112 Kearney Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception. For accommodations, please call 541-737-4317.