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The Oregon Budget Model determines the college-level budgets of the Schools and Colleges of the University of Oregon. We’ve been running this budget model several years now, and it is appropriate to consider how the various aggregate measurements attached to the model have changed.

This week, I am presenting data regarding undergraduate students and next week I will focus on graduate students.
The UO allocates undergraduate tuition revenue to each school and college in a lump sum. Allocation within a school or college is the responsibility of the dean, in consultation with the faculty. The deans are in the best position to know how to allocate funds within their units according to the university and college mission.
Undergraduate tuition revenue is allocated to schools and colleges based on three activity measurements: student credit hours (SCH), prorated majors and prorated degrees awarded. Prorating assigns a total of one major (or degree) to any one student. Because the model allocates revenue based on prorated majors rather than a full count of majors, it is important that we track both over time.
Three graphs posted to my website show how undergraduate student credit hours, degrees and majors have changed over five years, from academic year 2008-09 to 2012-13. (Numbers for 2012-13 are projections based on fall term enrollments.)
The charts on my website show:
  • The number of regular undergraduate student credit hours for each school and college
  • The number of prorated undergraduate degrees awarded by each school and college
  • The number of undergraduate majors, total and prorated.
Next week, I will present the data regarding graduate students.
I look forward to your comments at [email protected]
James Bean
Senior Vice President and Provost,
University of Oregon
[email protected]


  1. Anonymous 02/15/2013

    Why the bump in CAS NatSci?

    • Anonymous 02/15/2013

      Maybe out of state or foreign students paying higher tuition are moving into majors thought to be more assured of having salaries worth the additional expense. I was surprised to see Science stand out… the CAS Social Sciences page says “As evidence of the relevance of Social Sciences, there are 25% more students enrolled as Social Science majors today than 10 years ago.” Seems like that growth has not included the recent surge of students.

  2. Anonymous 02/15/2013

    Nat Sci growth driven largely by massive growth in Psychology and Human Physiology. These departments have taken on substantially above average shares of the enrolment surge.

  3. Anonymous 02/15/2013

    are we assuming that the numbers are correct from his website?

  4. Anonymous 02/16/2013

    In the Honors College: Frohnmayer teaches Leadership, Tomlin teaches How the University Works, and next Bean can teach a Research Methods class (Scanner required.) Can someone put that fiefdom (CHC) under a microscope please?

  5. Anonymous 02/16/2013

    I’ve heard that Provost Bean has fired Karen Sprague. Any truth to this runor?

    • Anonymous 02/16/2013

      Surely you mean he has fired Espy.

    • Anonymous 02/16/2013

      Surely you mean Gottfredson has fired Bean

    • Anonymous 02/16/2013

      Fired Sprague!!! Why? This must be a mistake.

    • Anonymous 02/16/2013

      She wasn’t fired – she was asked to step down as Vice Provost for Academic Studies. Just one more example of Bean focusing on the wrong thing. Instead of taking care of real problems ( Espy, deKluyver, Union negotiations) he’s focused on an area that doesn’t seem to be a critical issue right now. Something about deck chairs comes to mind.

    • Anonymous 02/16/2013

      I meant Undergraduate Studies – not Academic studies.

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