CORVALLIS, OR -- Oregon State University’s new president started her first week on the job with a press conference Monday. Jayathi Murthy says she has a broad vision for the future of OSU, with students at the heart of the operation, “A big focus on student access and student success is really important to us. We do wonderfully on the access front; we serve such a broad population of students. And I’d like to focus on getting our graduation rates up and ensuring that our students have a wonderful experience at OSU, but great success and placement going forward.”
Murthy says she takes enrollment and tuition costs seriously. “Certainly, our on-campus footprint is really important. But, there’s a growing interest in our e-campus operation, which is truly unique. One of a kind. And there, we’re seeing quite significant growth in enrollment. Through e-campus we can serve classes of students who are non-traditional and these are important populations, so I see us investing quite heavily in both our on-campus operation and the e-campus,” said Murthy.
Murthy comes from UCLA’s School of Engineering and says she’s pleased with the work OSU has done to expand engineering opportunities, specifically for women.