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 University Outreach and Engagement

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101 Ballard Extension Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331-3606
541-737-2713
Website: http://outreach.oregonstate.edu

Administration


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.

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.


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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
541-737-2713
Website: http://extension.oregonstate.edu

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
303 Ballard Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331-3606
541-737-1384
Website: http://opencampus.oregonstate.edu/

OSU Open Campus is a shared initiative between OSU Extension, OSU Ecampus, and 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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