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101 Ballard Extension Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331-3606


A. Scott Reed, Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement, Director OSU Extension Service
Lindsey Shirley, Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement, Associate Director OSU Extension Service

With the complementary mission of learning, discovery and engagement, Oregon State University is a powerful force for moving the country forward in the 21st century. OSU's Outreach and Engagement enhances access to enrichment and problem solving through reciprocal relationships for the exchange of knowledge and resources in partnership with individuals, communities, businesses, industries, government and educational institutions.

Outreach and Engagement is an essential component of a contemporary Land-Grant university. It builds upon historic traditions in serving the state’s residents in innovative ways through a statewide presence in local communities and a worldwide presence through courses and programs. Engagement will increasingly be defined by learner and student involvement in community issues as a part of their academic experience and by working relationships among stakeholders.

OSU Extended Campus provides a variety of high-quality learning opportunities to students throughout the world. Extended Campus creates access to Oregon State’s academic excellence through OSU Summer Session and by delivering degree programs and courses online through OSU Ecampus.

Open Oregon State works with faculty to create open learning modules such as free online textbooks, enabling them to share their expertise in digital media collections around the world.

The new OSU Extended Campus Research Unit reinforces the university’s commitment to online education by conducting innovative research that aims to create an accessible and inclusive online learning environment for Oregon State students and others nationwide.

The OSU Extension Service has a presence in 36 Oregon counties and delivers programs in agriculture, family and community development, forestry, Sea Grant and 4-H youth development. These units have a direct impact on Oregon’s economy and the lives of Oregonians.

OSU Open Campus is a collaborative, community-based approach to meeting emerging educational issues and needs.

OSU Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) offers an array of continuing education courses and programs, delivered in a variety of formats that benefit individuals and organizations alike in Oregon and elsewhere.

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OSU Extended Campus

Lisa L. Templeton, Interim Associate Provost for Extended Campus
4943 The Valley Library
Corvallis, OR 97331-4504

Ecampus – Online Courses and Degrees

Oregon State Ecampus provides adult learners with access to a high-quality education no matter where they live. Thousands of online and distance students enroll in Ecampus’ accredited degree programs and courses each year, all of which are developed by Oregon State University faculty.

OSU Ecampus is widely regarded as one of America's best providers of online education and has been ranked nationally by numerous publications in each of the last six years. In January 2016, Oregon State’s online bachelor’s programs were ranked in the top 10 in the nation for the second year in a row by U.S. News & World Report. The recognition was based on student engagement; faculty credentials and training; student services and technology; and peer reputation.

Students interested in pursuing an Oregon State degree online can choose from more than 40 programs, including bachelor’s degrees in business administration; fisheries and wildlife sciences; Spanish; computer science (post-baccalaureate); agricultural sciences; and liberal studies. Oregon State’s online and hybrid graduate-level offerings that include an MBA tracks in executive leadership and business analytics; a master’s in engineering management; Master of Natural Resources; and a variety of education programs. Find a complete list of degree and certificate programs at

Ecampus delivers nearly 1,000 courses online throughout the year. A complete list of classes is available online at

Oregon State’s distance learners include full- and part-time students, working and retired professionals, community college students, active-duty and retired military, high school students and individuals who want to further their education with a single college course. Ecampus students and graduates hail from all 50 states and more than 40 countries worldwide.

All curricula for Ecampus courses and degree programs are designed by Oregon State faculty and are held to the same rigorous academic standards as the university’s on-campus classes. OSU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and all Ecampus students who complete degree requirements receive the same diploma and transcript as campus-based students.

Ecampus works closely with more than 600 OSU faculty members and department heads in order to provide students with enriching educational opportunities. Our current online offerings include courses in more than 90 subjects, from anthropology and chemistry to economics and public health.

Oregon State partners with nearly 20 community colleges throughout the state and in Hawaii as a way to help students progress toward a four-year degree. The Degree Partnership Program allows students to take community college and OSU classes concurrently in order to meet the course-load requirement for financial aid and to access other OSU services, including advising. Learn more about taking Ecampus online classes with the Degree Partnership Program at

Services for Students

There are a number of valuable resources distance students can take advantage of to improve their online-learning experience. The Ecampus librarian offers guidance to students as they conduct research, as well as access to a slew of community college and university libraries in the Pacific Northwest. Free online tutoring and remote test proctoring are also available.

The Ecampus staff is home to a team of student success counselors, who help current and future Ecampus students explore issues that impact their academic success and identify strategies to support them in achieving their goals at Oregon State.

Ecampus works to create a sense of community for its students by sharing news about OSU faculty and students online ( and in a series of e-newsletters. Ecampus also has a strong following on Facebook ( and Twitter (, where students can engage with fellow students, Beavers fans and ask questions of the Ecampus staff.

Ecampus also provides assistance by email (, phone (800-667-1465) or in person to prospects and students interested in taking Oregon State courses online and at a distance.

Services for Faculty

The Ecampus staff also provides an array of services for faculty, including course development training workshops, marketing support, facility coordination and liaison activities with partnering community colleges and universities. Find a complete list of training sessions and workshops online at

The Ecampus Faculty Forum is an annual showcase of excellence in online teaching that features interactive, wide-ranging discussions on how Oregon State applies its academic prestige to online education. Held each spring on campus, the event gives faculty the opportunity to hear colleagues discuss innovative teaching methods, best practices and relate their experiences in online course development. More than 200 OSU faculty, administrators and staff attend the event annually.

Ecampus operates a program called QM Online Course Design, which seeks to improve student success in online courses by focusing on continuously improving course design. Using the independent and research-based Quality Matters (QM) peer review process, the faculty-driven QM program examines course design, not the content itself or the teaching.

Having an online course peer reviewed is an ideal way for OSU faculty to receive fresh ideas from colleagues who can offer positive feedback to create more active learning. The Ecampus Course Development and Training team conducts training sessions year-round, and stipends are awarded when one reviews a peer’s course. Learn more at

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OSU Summer Session

Claire Cross, Director
Maurine Powell, Assistant Director
4943 The Valley Library
Corvallis, OR 97331-4504

OSU Summer Session serves more than 7,000 students annually on the Corvallis campus and at the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center on the Oregon coast. Taking summer classes is an ideal way to expedite the journey to graduation. It allows students the ability to take classes that are difficult to get into during other terms, stay on track or jump ahead, and it also gives students the opportunity to improve their GPAs, perform research with faculty, and seek professional development or enrichment courses.

During the summer term, Oregon State offers more than 1,700 on-site and online courses in over 100 subjects, from agriculture to zoology. Courses range in length from one week to 11 weeks, with most courses running in three-, four- or eight-week sessions. Sequential courses (e.g., General Chemistry, Biology or Spanish) enable students to complete a full year’s worth of a subject in one term.

OSU Summer Session courses are held to the same rigorous academic standards as courses offered during the rest of the school year. Among the benefits of enrolling in the summer term are the smaller class sizes and increased accessibility to instructors.

The full-time summer course load for undergraduates is 12 credits; for graduate students, it is 9 credits. Undergraduates may, however, take up to 19 credits, and graduate students up to 16 credits with advisor approval.

Nonresident students enjoy considerable tuition savings during summer term because all students pay in-state tuition.

Summer classes are open to all students who meet course requirements. Students who have been academically suspended from the university are ineligible to enroll in Summer Session. For application details, call the OSU Office of Admissions at 800-291-4192.

The OSU Summer Session Planning Guide, available in January, is the primary summer publication and contains important information regarding summer admission, registration procedures and deadlines, the summer calendar, tuition and fees, financial aid and housing. For a free copy of the Planning Guide, stop by the Office of the Registrar in the Kerr Administration building, the OSU Summer Session office on the fourth floor of The Valley Library, or call 800-375-9359. For the most current information, go online to

Beginning in December, updated descriptions and schedule information for OSU Summer Session courses are available online at Please refer to this website often, as course availability and offerings are updated through June.

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Open Oregon State

Dianna Fisher, Director

Open Oregon State guides faculty through the creation of open learning modules, enabling them to share their expertise with the world. Open Oregon State aims to take advantage of OSU's national reputation in the field of online learning to establish a competitive open educational resources (OER) program that focuses on learning module development and reusable digital components.

In partnership with OSU Libraries and OSU Press, this unit also creates interactive, free, online textbooks for students.

Examples of OERs include full courses, course modules, syllabi, lectures, homework assignments, quizzes, classroom activities, pedagogical materials, games and more — all located in digital media collections around the world.

Open Oregon State works in collaboration with OSU's world-class faculty and OSU Extension professionals to develop online educational resources. These educators conduct research to create content for K–12 students, OSU students and the general public.

In 2016, Open Oregon State will partner with OSU Extension, OSU Ecampus and OSU Professional and Continuing Education to deliver a massive open online course (or MOOC) called Intro to Permaculture Design. It is Oregon State’s first in-house developed MOOC, and it is expected to launch May 2 with registration opening in early March.

The learning modules developed by Open Oregon State are focused on defined, individual learning objectives and are available as a foundation for additional online course development.

Learn how you and your department can partner with Open Oregon State at

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OSU Extension Service

A. Scott Reed, Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement, Director Extension Service
Lindsey Shirley, Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement, Associate Director Extension Service
101 Ballard Extension Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331-3606

Oregon State University’s Extension Service provides education and information based on timely research to help Oregonians solve problems and develop skills related to youth, family, farm, forest, and marine resources. It carries out its mission by extending the research and knowledge bases of the university to people who need the information and provides leadership in applying this knowledge to the problems people have identified.

Anyone may participate in Extension offerings. Thousands of Oregon citizens volunteer to assist in Extension programs by leading and teaching groups, responding to questions, and providing educational information. OSU students support their communities, gain practical experience and learn through Extension placements, applying academic learning to address local community needs.

Extension educational programs are developed in response to the needs of people in Oregon. Needs are identified by OSU Extension faculty, who are located throughout the state in county offices. Off-campus faculty, who work with people to assess their needs, partner with members of Extension’s on-campus faculty to prepare and deliver useful educational programs. About two-thirds of OSU’s Extension faculty and staff are located in offices off campus. Financial support is from county, state, and federal governments, grants, and other sources.

There are five major Extension education program areas:

Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Extension’s agricultural program provides education and technical assistance for people with agricultural interests. The major program emphasis is on food, feed, energy, fiber, seed, and ornamental production and management of animal and plant production systems. Programs include farm/ranch business management, marketing, value-added processing, natural resource use and conservation, community horticulture, human and environmental health, and bioethics. Audiences include urban and rural residents and businesses, government agencies and communities with wide-ranging interests in conservation, production, and community development.

Family and Community Health

Extension’s Family and Community Health program helps Oregonians improve their health, family, and community through education and community partnerships. Major programming extends knowledge related to public health, nutrition, exercise science, human development, family financial management, and aging to address important needs in Oregon’s communities.

Forestry and Natural Resources

Extension’s Forestry and Natural Resources Program improves Oregonians' knowledge of forestry and natural resources and their options for enhancing benefits from these resources. This educational program assists forest owners, managers, processors, users, and students in understanding the importance of both production and environmental benefits from Oregon’s forests. Priority subjects include reforestation, forest management, silviculture, forest health, wildland fire, intergenerational land transfer, harvesting and processing wood, protection of soil and water, wildlife habitat, and related natural resources use, management, and protection.

Sea Grant Program

Extension’s Sea Grant Program provides education, training, and technical assistance to people with coastal-related needs and interests. Major efforts are concentrated in the areas of fisheries and wildlife, watersheds and other natural resource management, marine engineering, food science and technology, economics, business, resource management, education, and recreation. The program is primarily supported by the OSU Sea Grant College and the OSU Extension Service.

4-H Youth Development

4-H helps young people learn and grow through an intentional process that builds competence, confidence, connection, compassion and character. Young people participate in 4-H through clubs, afterschool programs, camps, and school enrichment activities. These youth are supported by trained volunteers who work under the direction of local 4-H professionals located in all 36 counties. As the only nationwide youth development program with direct ties to the land grant university system, 4-H is uniquely positioned to ensure that its programs are based on what is known about how young people develop and learn.

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OSU Open Campus

A. Scott Reed, Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement, Director Extension Service
Jeff Sherman, Program Leader, Open Campus and Innovation
101 303 Ballard Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331-3606

OSU Open Campus is a shared initiative between OSU Ecampus, OSU Extension, local communities, led by the Division of Outreach and Engagement. In an effort to collaboratively engage community colleges, K–12 education, and universities, OSU convenes local educational teams to provide access to degree completion, career and college readiness, and professional and economic development.

Students and Faculty Engaging in Communities

Students and faculty who have an interest in working with communities around the state can feel free to contact us for more information.

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OSU Professional and Continuing Education (PACE)

Melanie Mitchell, Acting Director of Professional and Continuing Education

The OSU Professional and Continuing Education unit provides continuing education and training for professionals, organizations, associations and K–12 students throughout the state and beyond.

PACE works with colleges, businesses and professional associations to develop new onsite and online educational offerings in formats that include workshops, webinars, short courses, conferences and certificate programs. Services for businesses and government agencies include fully customized workforce training on a wide array of topics ranging from leadership and human resources to IT and much more.

Our list of renowned online and online offerings attract learners from across Oregon and the nation, as well as around the globe. Featured course categories include:

  • The Business of Craft Beer and Cider
    Our offerings for aspiring craft brewery entrepreneurs and brewing professionals draw on OSU’s leading role in fermentation science education and research.
  • Innovative Gardening and Permaculture Design Courses PACE’s innovative online offerings attract enthusiasts and professionals from around the globe.
  • Business and IT Professional Certificates
    PACE is partnering with OSU’s College of Business to offer a complete array of training solutions for business, IT and marketing professionals, including certificate series such Digital Brand Management, Business Analysis, Web Development and more.
  • Farm and Agriculture Management Courses
    As part of PACE’s proud affiliation with OSU Extension, we offer an array of flexible management and development solutions that support Oregon’s thriving farm and ranch industries.
  • Our notable industry-specific partnerships include a series of online workshops for pharmacists developed in partnership with OSU College of Pharmacy. These offerings include an innovative, first-in-the-nation online training to prepare pharmacists in Oregon to prescribe hormonal contraceptives. A number of other states are following Oregon’s lead in this area and are looking to our training as a national model.

Services for Learners, Faculty/Colleges and Partner Agencies

PACE works with works with OSU colleges, businesses and government agencies on instructional design and program development for specific audiences, as well as enrollment management customer relationship management, event management and marketing. PACE also provides assistance with grant writing and often partners with colleges or departments to provide an outreach vehicle for research in the form of an online continuing education program.

Contact us if you would like to discuss how your program might be adapted into an educational offering for professionals or lifelong learners.

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Ecampus Research Unit

Kathryn Linder, Director
4943 The Valley Library
Corvallis, OR 97331-4504

The Ecampus Research Unit makes research actionable through the creation of evidence-based resources related to effective online teaching, learning and program administration toward the fulfillment of the goals of Oregon State's mission.

Specifically, the research unit conducts original research, creates and validates instruments, supports full-cycle assessment loops for internal programs, and provides resources to encourage faculty research and external grant applications related to online teaching and learning.

With nationally ranked online programs delivered by Oregon State Ecampus, OSU can make significant contributions to the field of online teaching and learning research in the following four areas: access, quality, administrative excellence; and adult learners.

The Research Unit houses a competitive award program to fund Oregon State faculty in their online learning research endeavors. Learn more about the Ecampus Research Fellows (ECRF) program, its goals, timeline and the materials you'll need to apply by visiting

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