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The landscape of higher education is changing, with questions of access and affordability constantly on the minds of students and educational leaders. Community colleges and universities are facing an array of disruptors, from reduced state funding and increasing student tuition, to the changing needs of employers and of students.

At the same time, the “traditional” college experience is evolving with a growing number of online classes, increasing student debt awareness, and a rebirth of career and technical education programs. To be sustainable in the future, colleges and universities need to adapt now.

Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Rob Manning will guide us through a conversation on the future of higher education in Oregon, including enrollment trends, budget constraints, access for all students, and share perspectives from current and future college students. Dr. Becky Johnson, Vice President of OSU Cascades; Dr. Shirley Metcalf, President of Central Oregon Community College; and Damon Runberg, Oregon Employment Department economist, will serve as expert panelists as we prepare for the students of tomorrow.


Dr. Rebecca Johnson – Vice President, OSU Cascades

Dr. Shirley Metcalf – President, Central Oregon Community College

Damon Runberg – Economist, Oregon Employment Department

Rob Manning – Oregon Public Broadcasting

When:  Tuesday, May 14
11:15 – 11:45am Networking
11:45am – 1pm Program

Where: Riverhouse on the Deschutes Convention Center
2850 NW Rippling River Court • Bend, OR 97701

Cost: $25 members / $45 non-members. Plated lunch is included.

To register, please visit www.cityclubco.org or call 541-633-7163.  Registration closes at noon on Thursday, May 9. Registration fees must be paid in advance of the forum.


About City Club of Central Oregon

City Club of Central Oregon exists to be the top-of-mind hub for citizens and community leaders. We intentionally shape our community and influence public policy while preserving our uniquely warm and connected culture. We champion “passionately non-partisan” discussion between diverse perspectives.


Ms. Joey Drucker, Executive Director