President Lesley M. Hallick delivered her 2016 State of the University address at Pacific University on Nov. 17. Slides from that presentation are now available digitally.
The university is in a healthy financial position and continues to grow, despite an enrollment shortfall felt throughout the industry this year, Dr. Hallick told an audience of mostly employees. Though Pacific did not meet its overall enrollment target, the university continues to be well on its way to the goal of 4,000 students — 2,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduates — by 2020, with a total of about 3,942 this fall on campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn.
As it has for several years, Pacific’s diverse programming and rare 50-50 division of undergraduate and graduate enrollment makes Pacific a unique institution with the opportunity for future growth.
Capitalizing on that opportunity, however, will require continued diligence to “right size” revenues and expenses, to enhance and articulate the university’s core strengths, and to serve a diverse student body with the care and “high-touch environment” for which Pacific is known.
Priorities in 2016-2017 include moving to a three-year budget process aligned to the university’s strategic plan and building an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Program, beginning with the interim assignment of a core team of faculty and staff and continuing with the planned hire of a permanent leader.