Portland State University's growth for the next couple of decades was constricted under the ruling that no public university or college in Oregon could duplicate the programs offered by another, with grandfathered exclusions for the University of Oregon and Oregon State University. Nevertheless, graduate programs were added in 1961 and doctoral programs were added in 1968. The institution was granted university status by the Oregon State System of Higher Education in 1969, becoming Portland State University.
In 1994 PSU did away with the traditional undergraduate distribution system and adopted a new interdisciplinary general education program known as University Studies. This program has been controversial both on and off campus, but it is one of the programs at Portland State that has garnered national attention. U.S. News & World Report has on multiple occasions listed University Studies as a "Program to Look For". In 2003 Portland State was approved to award degrees in Black Studies. That same year the university opened a center housed in a new building to support Native American students.
In 2004 Dr. Fariborz Maseeh donated, through The Massiah Foundation, $8 million to the College of Engineering and Computer Science. This was the largest single donation to the University at the time. The college was renamed the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science.
In early 2005, Representative Mitch Greenlick and others introduced legislation in the Oregon House of Representatives that would have merged Portland State and OHSU. The legislation was met with resistance as it was opposed by the presidents of both universities. Consequently, the bill died. Again, in March 2007, Representative Greenlick introduced HB 3034, a proposal which would remove Portland State from the Oregon University System and merge its governance with OHSU into a Portland Metropolitan Universities Board. A legislative hearing was held on March 19 where representatives from PSU and OHSU opposed the proposal.
In May 2006, Portland State University opened a new engineering building, the "Northwest Center for Engineering, Science and Technology". The new engineering building reflects the university's increased emphasis on engineering, science and technology. The facility includes classrooms, offices and 41 research and teaching labs with an environmentally sustainable design.
Portland State is currently the largest school in the Oregon University System and is its fastest growing one. The university is ranked among the "Best in the West" and as a "College With a Conscience" by the Princeton Review. In recent years, Portland State has added more doctoral programs as it has grown from its original mission as a liberal arts undergraduate college into a more broad-based research university. Recently added doctorates are Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Applied Psychology, Engineering & Technology Management, Mechanical Engineering and Sociology.
Portland State awarded a total of 4,738 degrees for the 2007-08 academic year, including 3,200 bachelor's degrees, 1,485 master's degrees and 53 doctoral degrees.
U.S. News & World Report currently ranks Portland State University in the 4th tier in 2007 as a research university.
Portland State University’s School of Business Administration is ranked 22nd on a list of the Global Top 100 Schools in the 2007–2008 edition of 'Beyond Grey Pinstripes,' a biennial ranking of business schools conducted by the Aspen Institute Center for Business Education. The School of Business Administration is also ranked in other surveys, such as the Princeton Review's 'Best 143 Business Schools.'
PSU is home to many colleges and programs that offer undergraduate, graduate, and certificate degrees. Below are the current offerings, as well as links to selected departmental websites.
Portland State differs from the other universities in Oregon partially because as an urban institution it attracts a student body older than other rural universities. In the 2006-2007 school year, it was reported that the average age of an attending student was 25 years. A significant percentage of Portland State's classes are offered at night and Saturdays. Indeed, some programs only offer classes at night. PSU also delayed the development of its campus for decades after its founding. The institution sold land in a neighboring block soon after its move to downtown Portland, and delayed the construction of student housing until the early 1970s.
While the mean age of students is near the mid twenties, increasing traditional enrollment is bringing the average student age down. Ambitious mixed-use building projects (commercial, educational, residential) in the city are purposed to attract younger students. These establishments preserve downtown shops and businesses while transforming Portland State University from a "commuter campus" to a mix between a commuter and a traditional campus. Recently completed residential projects include the Stephen Epler Hall and The Broadway. Further steps toward increasing housing capacity — and university control over its own housing — are being taken with plans for further construction, and with PSU taking over management of the residence halls it currently owns. Optional residential and social opportunities exist with a small but active Greek system, which includes Alpha Chi Omega, Kappa Sigma, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Sigma Sigma, Tau Kappa Epsilon and Phi Gamma Nu.
In March 2007, Portland State University took over the managing of the on-campus housing at Portland State University. College Housing Northwest, who has previously managed the on-campus housing buildings (including The Broadway, Stephen Epler Hall, West Hall, King Albert, St. Helens, Montgomery Court, and Ondine) for over 30 years, will still maintain its off-campus housing (including Goose Hollow, The Palidian, The Cambrian, and Clay).
The student government at PSU is the Associated Students of Portland State University. In addition to a student body President and Vice President, there is a Student Fee Committee, a 25-member Student Senate chaired by the Vice President, and a Judicial Board which rules on ASPSU constitutional questions. There are also a number of university committees that have student members appointed by the ASPSU President. Portland State also participates in the Oregon Student Association, the statewide student lobbying non-profit.
The student newspaper at Portland State is the Daily Vanguard, a fully student-run newspaper established in 1946. The student run radio station is KPSU. "The Portland Review" is a literary magazine of poetry, fiction and art published by PSU's Student Publications Board. Additional student newspapers at PSU are The Rearguard, an alternative-monthly newspaper, and The Spectator.
The 1.3 million volume Branford Price Millar Library is located in the center of campus, and has a microcomputer lab with both PC's and Mac's. The Branford Price Millar Library is a repository for federal documents.
Portland State University is served on Third, Fourth, and Broadway Avenues by TriMet bus lines, by the Portland Streetcar at three stops throughout campus, and by Oregon Health & Science University and Portland Community College Shuttles on SW Harrison Street at SW Broadway.
Portland State is a member of the Big Sky Conference (joining in 1996), Pac-10 Conference in wrestling and the Pacific Coast Softball Conference. PSU competes at the NCAA Division I level in basketball, women's volleyball, golf and soccer, wrestling, tennis, softball, indoor and outdoor track and field and cross country. Football competes at the Division I AA (or Football Championship Subdivision) level under Head Coach Jerry Glanville.
Prior to joining Division I, the school won NCAA National Division II Championships in women's volleyball and wrestling. The school has also placed second twice in football and once in women's basketball at the Division II level.
Among the two more notable former Portland State athletes are Freeman Williams and Neil Lomax. Freeman Williams was the NCAA Division I national men's basketball individual scoring leader in 1977 and 1978. Neil Lomax was a record setting quarterback who went on to star for the then St. Louis Cardinals in the NFL. Football's "Run & Shoot" offense was first implemented at the college level at PSU by then coach Darryl "Mouse" Davis. Davis' quarterback protégés were Lomax and June Jones.
Home games for football are held off-campus at PGE Park, and home games for basketball are held on-campus at the Peter W. Stott Center. In 2008, the men's basketball team earned their first ever bid into the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship.
On June 3, 2008, The Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partner Foundation announced Portland State as the recipient of The Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Award for Campus-Community Collaboration for their Watershed Stewardship Program. The program has led over 27,000 community volunteers donating a quarter million hours to install 80,000 plants and restore 50 acres of watershed along two miles (3 km) of river. Individual projects have been led and supported by 700 students working as part of class projects, resulting in two master's theses and three research articles.
OREGONIAN: PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY HOSTS 'MAKING CHOICES: SUSTAINABILITY IN WORLD OF CONFLICTING VALUES' CONFERENCE
Jul 15, 2010; PORTLAND, Ore., July 13 -- Portland State University issued the following news release: Renowned climatologist Philip Mote will...