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President's Progress Report 2016


Portland State University is transforming our community

Portland State has deep roots in the metro area we serve. We partner with hundreds of businesses, organizations, schools and governments. Nearly 100,000 of our alumni live, work and raise families here.

The University and the region face a formidable challenge, however, since the cost of a college education has escalated as state support has declined. Students destined to be our next generation of leaders and innovators are in danger of racking up high levels of debt that could limit their future choices. Many are being priced out of college altogether. Read more of President Wim Wiewel's message.

Above: Joseph Edward Montilla Gonzalez is an architecture major who finds time to help others. Of Filipino heritage, he provided relief in the islands after Typhoon Haiyan. Gonzalez graduated from Sam Barlow High School in Gresham.

Engineering is right fit for veteran

Portland State was founded on a tradition of providing convenient and relevant education for veterans. Jack O'Neal ’15, who served three combat deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq, worked nights as he earned a PSU degree in mechanical engineering. Today, the father of three works at Intel.

Bridge to school success

Fearless bilingual educator Andreina Valasco MEd ’13 connects parents and children with literacy, leadership and early childhood programs in one of east Portland's most diverse schools, Earl Boyles Elementary.

Set to graduate in four years or less

At just 19, Portland-native Jose Lopez Delgado is already a junior and well on his way to graduating from the School of Business Administration as part of the University's innovative Four-Year Degree Guarantee Program.

Helping startups get their start

As director of the PSU Business Accelerator, Angela Jackson knows the importance of connections—whether it's connecting the accelerator's technology and science startups to University resources or connecting students to these companies' research and career opportunities.

Snapshot of Portland State University

Learn more about our students, alumni, and contributions to the local economy.

A doctor in the making

Becoming a physician is the logical next step for Evan Mitchell. After a decade as a skilled and compassionate medical assistant in his hometown, Gresham, he is close to completing a pre-med biology degree at Portland State. 

Committed to her people

Brook Thompson, a Yurok Tribe member who grew up in Portland, could have gone to any university with her Gates Scholarship but chose Portland State. As an engineering student, she is committed to improving the lives of her people.

Preparing the next generation of scientists 

Professor Carlos Crespo (right) oversees a $24 million grant that helps students from diverse backgrounds such as Alan Keys and Catalina Urrutia-Jorde pursue careers in biomedicine and health sciences.

Mentoring women to be leaders

Former Gov. Barbara Roberts helped fearless young women navigate the path to political power as one of the founders of PSU's Center for Women's Leadership. She was elected Oregon's first female governor in 1990.

Top Employers

The social networking site LinkedIn lists where Portland State alumni and students work. We looked up Oregon, and this is what we found.