House Higher Education Committee:
On Monday, we listened to presentations given by a representative from the Higher Education Coordinating Commission Task Force on "Credit for Prior Learning" and "Text Affordability." Both of these issues are on my radar for bringing down the cost of higher education.
On Wednesday, the committee held an informational meeting on the status and plans for Higher Education and Workforce Development in Central Oregon. OSU-CC Vice President Dr. Becky Johnson; COCC President Jim Middleton; CO Economic Development Director Roger Lee; and James Collins, OSU-CC graduate presented information in support of OSU-CC 4 Year Expansion.
On Friday, we had a very informative briefing on the "Eastern Promise" by Eastern Oregon University President Bob Davies, Blue Mountain Community College President John Turner, and InterMountain ESD Superintendent Mark Mulvihill. "Eastern Promise" objectives are to increase the "going- to-college" culture of rural Oregon and access to early college credit experiences in high schools. Central Oregon educators are discussing adopting this program. I was very impressed that "Eastern Promise" was a local initiated program without any legislative direction.
House Education Committee:
On Monday, we had a public hearing on two Senate bills (SB 193 A and SB 611 A). Both bills passed the Senate without opposition.
On Wednesday, we had public hearings on SB 228 and SB 821. Also, we passed unanimously SB 193 A related to school transportation providers and drug and alcohol testing.
House Human Services & Housing Committee:
On Monday, we held an informational meeting on Oregon's Foster Care program. We had testimony from DHS, Children First for Oregon, Catholic Community Services, and Youth Villages.
On Wednesday, members of the committee and their staff toured the Oregon State Hospital. We received a briefing from Director Roberts and his staff and then visited different sections of the hospital. My group toured the "Bridges" transition sections where patients are nearing the point of no longer needing hospital-level care.