President's Progress Report 2013

A path to excellence

The rise of Portland State University
Welcome to the second annual President's Progress Report on Portland State University. As the largest and most diverse university in Oregon, we’ve worked hard to create a vital education and research environment at our growing downtown campus. In the fall, for example, U.S. News & World Report ranked PSU among the nation’s top 10 “up and coming” universities, along with USC, Arizona State and others. This winter, the Oregon Board of Higher Education awarded PSU $1 million because we graduate more Oregon residents and more rural and minority Oregonians than any other public university in the state. more

Understanding our history unlocks our future
Marlon Holmes BS ’11 was a young man facing a bleak future in south Florida when he decided, at a friend’s invitation, to buy a one-way ticket to Oregon. That was in 2008 and three years later he earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Portland State. Today, he is a graduate student in education, vice president of the Associated Students of PSU and a recipient of the President’s Equal Access Scholarship. His goal is to teach history. “Young people don’t know how important they are and how important their ancestors were,” Holmes says. “History hands down that knowledge, and lets them know that the world is their oyster.” more


Contribution: $1.4 billion annually
Employees: 6,909
Alumni: 85,800 in the Portland metro area 
  (132,000 total)


Community partners: 530
Top partners: Intel, OHSU, Portland Public Schools, City of Portland, Multnomah County, Portland General Electric
Community-based learning courses: 400
Student service hours: 1.54 million
Value of service hours: $29 million


A proposed expansion and renovation of the PSU School of Business Administration will nearly triple its footprint, adding classrooms, student study rooms and space for its centers in real estate, sustainability, retail, and innovation and entrepreneurship.