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Campaign for Pacific

Strategic Vision



A Revitalized Academy Our University must carefully plan so that we can build capacity and fulfill our vision. As we imagine our future, three initiatives emerge as priorities for the next five years. WE MUST... n

Grow our endowment, which provides significant support to students and helps us remain competitive


Expand our capacity and construct a new Science and Technology Complex on the Forest Grove campus


Relocate the College of Optometry into a new building on the Health Professions Campus in Hillsboro


A Strong Foundation A core value that remains unchanged, Pacific University enjoys a national reputation for transforming lives and enriching the quality of life wherever its graduates are found. In fact, Pacific is home to 23 Fulbright Scholars.


The National Science Foundation recently awarded a $554,248 grant to start a computer science summer camp for 7th and 8th grade girls.


Charles Ward, class of 1949, established a scholarship for undergraduate students with an $812,000 gift.


Jean Jenkins gave $870,140 through her estate and established an endowed scholarship in honor of her late husband, Edwin, class of 1949.


Reverend and Mrs. John Whiteneck, longtime friends of Pacific University, made a series of gifts through their estates totaling $566,000 for support of Peace and Social Justice Studies.


The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust awarded a $325,000 grant to further enhance an already robust summer research program involving students and faculty mentors. This initiative also formed the Pacific Research Institute for Science and Mathematics.


The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a $748,950 Robert Noyce Scholarship Program grant to the Colleges of Education and Arts & Sciences establishing a scholarship program directed at highly qualified and motivated science and math professionals to prepare them for K-12 STEM teaching.

EXEMPLARY FACULTY A comprehensive university that values the rigors of teaching and is actively engaged in scholarship, Pacific University continues to contribute significantly to our world. n

Distinguished University Professor Mike Steele has published thirteen books on progressive politics, the Holocaust, Native Americans and other cultures. Currently he is working on books about the Civil War, the contemporary religious scene and a biography of Hitler.


Professor David Scholnick has twice received national media attention for his research—first for his simple investigation on the impact of bacteria on shrimp and more recently for his examination of Oregon lizards sick with malaria. His research program is trying to better understand the disease and its impacts on animals in North America.



Dean of Optometry Jenny Smythe was recently recognized as the Oregon Optometrist of the Year in addition to being the first woman to be named to the Association for Schools and Colleges of Optometry Executive Committee.


In 2004, Professor Jules Boykoff and his brother Maxwell, performed a research study that implicates the U.S. mass media for playing a problematic role in the global warming discussion; this study served as a foundation for Al Gore’s book and film, An Inconvenient Truth.


Internationally renowned clinical psychologist and Associate Professor of Professional Psychology Johan Rosqvist, has appeared on The Learning Channel’s “Hoarding: Buried Alive” and Discovery Health Channel’s “Anxious.”


Internationally recognized lecturer, researcher and Associate Professor of Optometry Patrick Caroline has served as a contributing editor of Contact Lens Spectrum and has served on the editorial board for Contact Lens and Anterior Eye Journal for the past 15 years.

Pacific’s College of Education received a $1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to establish an Early Learning Community (ELC) within the College. Mark Bailey, Professor of Education and ELC director is pictured with a group of young students.


Shereen Khoja Associate Professor of Computer Science NSF Grant for Computer Science Summer Camp Pacific’s exemplary faculty seek and receive grants to support their scholarship and provide research opportunities for students.


The Pacific University Library was the first LEED-certified building on the Forest Grove campus.

The Challenge Ahead The Campaign for Pacific is about creating the academic and financial infrastructure that will sustain our core value of transforming lives and carry it forward. We are committed to providing the best-quality education for our students. That means we must create an environment specifically designed for a 21st Century educational enterprise. Over the last decade, Pacific University has seen more change than in its previous 150-years. The University’s enrollment has increased by 24 percent over the last five years. The College of Arts & Sciences has gone from 1,211 students in 2006 to 1,441 in 2010. The graduate programs have gone from 1,233 in 2006 to 1,587 in 2010. For the first time in the University’s history, the undergraduate College of Arts & Sciences enrolled nearly 500 first-year students. A dramatic increase in the University’s infrastructure ushered in the 21st Century with six new LEED-certified buildings. The new Health Professions Campus in Hillsboro aligned the University’s health-related programs with our mission to deliver clinical care while teaching students to become practitioners. The new Library, in the heart of the Forest Grove campus, serves as a resource for students, faculty and the community. Two new residence halls, Burlingham and Gilbert, were built to increase residential housing options for students in the undergraduate college. Berglund Hall, which houses the College of Education and Business Department, has helped attract the best and brightest faculty and students into our programs.


Strategic Vision Pacific University presents a distinctive combination of learning opportunities. We have a venerable and rich liberal arts tradition in the College of Arts & Sciences, as well as nationallyrecognized Colleges of Education, Optometry and Health Professions. Faculty and staff work collaboratively with students to weave together dynamic classroom experiences, service learning, international education, internships, externships, residencies, research and cocurricular activities. Pacific also provides personal growth and development opportunities for students helping to create living tapestries of understanding about themselves, their disciplines and their world. Students in the College of Arts & Sciences are prepared for the rigors of graduate or professional study and the demands of employment. They are also ready for the complexities of a thoughtful life as a result of an innovative curriculum based in the liberal arts which embraces the whole person. Students discover multiple pathways between current studies and future aspirations. Bridges among our schools and colleges allow many to remain at Pacific from their first year through advanced degrees. Students in the Colleges of Health Professions and Optometry experience a unique interprofessional approach and an unrivaled blend of programs. Graduating with exemplary clinical skills and innovative approaches to evolving healthcare issues, they contribute substantially to health and well-being, and to triumphs over disease and disability. As vanguards for the future, graduates of the College of Education advance student learning and become change agents as leaders in local and regional educational communities. Pacific University provides inviting, state-of-the-art facilities for living and learning. Administrators and staff join together with faculty in their dedication to students, and promote a comfortable and unpretentious atmosphere. The University celebrates the diversity of its members, thus enhancing its role as a cultural and educational center.


The Campaign for Pacific These are inspiring times at Pacific University. Imaginative and creative men and women— scholars, educators, staff, administrators, community members and other supporters—have united over the past 160 years to establish a remarkable University. Our roots are steeped in tradition. Our founding principles endure to this day. We are an academy dedicated to shaping young people into well-educated, thoughtful leaders and active citizens of the world. We are a first-class teaching and research institution recognized for the breadth and rigor of its curricula. Singular among its peers, Pacific imparts an uncommon sense of larger purpose to every endeavor. Students and faculty are motivated to use this knowledge to make transformative contributions to our society. Now is the time for bold and decisive action. Pacific strives to become a model of higher education for this new century. It is imperative that our students study and learn in functional, well-equipped and aesthetically pleasing spaces. Our campuses must be unique in their breadth, depth, connectivity and diversity in order to appropriately engage these students.



We are resolute in confronting the challenges of higher education today. To meet our ambition we must focus on three critical areas.

The Endowment is the financial foundation of the University. A substantial investment will... n

Assure quality teaching, research and outreach for generations to come for students who do not have the financial resources needed for college.


Lead to long-term financial growth and provide a critical buffer to economic downturns and reductions in government aid.

n Bridge the gap between Pacific’s financial needs and its aspirations. n Empower the University’s leadership to boldly respond to new opportunities. n Grow the University’s financial security and assure its mission. n Provide the University an opportunity to direct these funds toward creative

entrepreneurial activities and foster strategies to better use existing resources. n Respond to changes in academic priorities and the need to create new

and emerging disciplines to maintain our excellence in teaching and research. n Provide scholarships and enrichment opportunities for students and

faculty alike.

A New Science and Technology Complex will... n

Furnish students and faculty with the space they need to teach, learn and conduct research. Natural sciences has experienced a 50 percent increase in undergraduate enrollment over the last 10 years; current facilities are inadequate.


Provide large, open and flexible space for innovative teaching and learning to increase student achievement and comprehension.


Attract the best and brightest students and faculty and have a significant impact on student and faculty retention.


Increase student-teacher research capacity and innovation.


Acquire updated equipment and technology for student and faculty use.


Increase opportunities for collaboration with science and industry through internships and partnerships with regional and national corporations.


Give Pacific an opportunity in select markets to highlight our state-of-the-art facilities and programs.



Relocating the College of Optometry to Hillsboro will have a profound impact on the program and will... n

Align the College more closely with the College of Health Professions, allowing for increased opportunities for shared interprofessional collaboration in teaching and research, and allowing for shared delivery of coursework, such as Spanish language classes for healthcare providers.


Maintain Pacific’s position as a top-tier College of Optometry. Three new Optometry schools have opened in the West with additional schools to be established in the coming year. Pacific must provide the best instruction and research opportunities, cutting-edge technology and state-of-the-art facilities to attract the brightest students and faculty to remain competitive.


Provide greater opportunities to collaborate and partner with other agencies such as Tuality Healthcare, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Clinic, Portland Community College, Essential Health Clinic, Centro Cultural, Community Action and many others.


Provide access to a larger and more diverse patient population, giving students greatly expanded clinical experience.


Increase visibility of the College of Optometry in the Portland-metropolitan area.


Nurture a robust research environment in the Vision Performance Institute, creating a better understanding of vision and effective approaches to vision problems. 1 1

Pacific’s Optometry and Health Professions students enjoy studying in a collaborative interprofessional learning environment.

WE SEEK TO REVOLUTIONIZE PACIFIC UNIVERSITY. To build upon our reputation of excellence and to ensure that a Pacific education is available for future generations.






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