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EOU named most affordable online college in Oregon

News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
541-962-3585 | lhancock@eou.edu

December 20, 2013
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – From correspondence courses to streaming video, Eastern Oregon University has been a leader in providing access to quality education beyond the borders of a physical campus since 1979.

EOU also tops a new list of the 16 most economical colleges and universities in Oregon offering distance-learning options.

Affordable Colleges Online, a web resource for students and families, assigns rankings to public and private non-profit schools in all 50 U.S. states.

Online programs at over 2,000 accredited institutions were researched utilizing national data sources for tuition and fees charged during the 2012-13 academic year.

“Offering students great online programs is only half the battle,” said Dan Schuessler, founder of AC Online. “The colleges on our list offer students quality, flexibility and affordability.”

EOU’s undergraduate tuition for online and onsite courses is currently $138 per credit hour. Tuition and fees for this year total $7,533.

Onsite courses are defined as those available at EOU’s 16 regional centers across the state.

“Online and onsite programming is not just an additional modality for taking classes at EOU,” said Steve Adkison, provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs. “It is a core aspect of who we are as a university.”

EOU students pursuing their education from afar receive robust support including one-on-one interaction with their professors, access to academic advising, eTutoring and other services tailored for their unique needs.

“Each college and student services area takes an active role in providing high-quality, high-touch experiences for our students,” said Sharon Nelson, interim director of Regional Operations.

The university’s distance offerings have grown from one academic major to include 10 complete online degrees.

Today students from around the globe are studying anthropology/sociology, business administration, English/writing, fire services administration, history, liberal studies, philosophy, politics and economics, physical activity and health, psychology and public administration.

Add 18 different minors to the mix ranging from communications to Native American studies and clearly there are a lot of options.

“We foresee continued growth in the number of degree programs and associated minors and courses we offer for effective learning at a distance,” Adkison said.

Graduate degrees in teaching, science in education and business administration are also available onsite, and the first cohort of a new low-residency master of fine arts in creative writing is set to begin fall 2014.

Complete rankings and a spotlight EOU interview are available at www.affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges/oregon.

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About AC Online
Affordable Colleges Online provides students with information about affordable higher education options. The website offers financial aid videos, expert advice and cost savings ideas. AC Online is a trusted resource for college stats and rankings. Most recently the site launched a feature that provides students with a categorized directory of free online introductory, or “101″, classes from several top named U.S. universities such as MIT, Michigan and U.C. Berkeley.

 

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Artist creates immersive environment for gallery visitors

Contact: Cory Peeke | Nightingale Gallery Director, EOU
541-962-3584 | cpeeke@eou.edu

January 2, 2014
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) - Expect to become immersed in “Flow Chart: Diffusion,” a new installation enveloping Eastern Oregon University’s Nightingale Gallery this January.

This distinctive solo exhibition by Joe Page, of Northbrook, Ill., ushers in 2014 at the gallery in Loso Hall. An opening reception is from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10.

Page will also give a free, public talk about his work at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 8 in Huber Auditorium in Badgley Hall.

Cory Peeke, Nightingale Gallery director, describes the vibrant colors, reductive imagery and illustrated movements within the “Flow Chart” series as deceptively simple, derivative of early video games, pinball machines, mass transit maps and schematic diagrams.

“The escapist allure of immersive environments drives Page’s work, orienting the viewer in a place of comfort and curiosity,” Peeke explains. “The materials in the installation and the imagery conjured with them are somewhat of a paradoxical anachronism.”

Peeke adds that the creative process is entirely analog and object-based, but the finished work requires a particular knowledge of digital culture on the part of the viewer.

Page received his master of fine arts from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He has been a visiting assistant professor of art at Whitman College since 2009.

See the installation at EOU through Jan. 31. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information visit www.eou.edu/art or “Like” the gallery on Facebook.

IACBE reaffirms College of Business accreditation

News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
541-962-3585 | E-mail: lhancock@eou.ed
Source contact: Donald Easton-Brooks | Dean, Colleges of Business & Education
541-962-3833 | deastonbrooks@eou.edu
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File photo / IACBE accreditation is specialized and unique to EOU’s business programs

December 13, 2013
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education has reaffirmed the accreditation status of Eastern Oregon University’s College of Business.

Continued accreditation validates EOU is offering high-quality education in one of its most popular fields of study.

“This signifies the hard work of our dedicated faculty and staff and demonstrates that our business programs are on the right track,” said Dr. Donald Easton-Brooks, dean of the Colleges of Business and Education.

Bob Davies, EOU president, echoed the dean’s praise, stating reaffirmation is a reflection of the quality and caliber of employees and students within the college.

“Our faculty and staff worked tirelessly throughout this process and I am grateful for their continued efforts and leadership in serving our students, and ultimately, our region,” Davies said. “I am extremely pleased with the overall report and its commendations and recommendations.”

IACBE accreditation is specialized and unique to EOU’s business programs. The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities also accredits the university as a whole.

EOU students can earn a bachelor’s and master degree in business administration or an associate of arts in administrative management, all fully accredited. A business minor and certificate in office management are also available.

Concentrations within the bachelor’s program include leadership, organization and management, marketing, accounting and general business. Courses are offered on campus, online and at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham.

For more information about EOU’s business degrees, visit www.eou.edu/cobe, e-mail business@eou.edu or call 541-962-3772.

 

EOU campus and offices to close during holidays

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EOU photo by Tessa Ortmann

News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
541-962-3585 | lhancock@eou.edu

December 4, 2013
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU)
⎯ Eastern Oregon University will be closed during the holidays beginning Monday, Dec. 23. The campus will reopen for business on Thursday, Jan. 2.

The scheduled closure falls during winter break for enrolled students and is part of the energy saving measures outlined in EOU’s sustainability plan.

Only those employees who provide essential services will work during the closure, such as campus security and facilities staff in the event of bad weather.

Winter term classes begin Monday, Jan. 6.