About Provost's Challenge

Who are we?

  • In the US, public institutions for higher education face an increasing amount of obstacles, including declining funding, changing models of educational delivery, shifting student population demographics and more. Realizing that the university is not immune to these changes, Portland State University created the Provost's Challenge in 2012 as a proactive response to these concerns. The challenge was the first project in the university's reTHINK PSU initiative - which strives to deliver an education that serves more students with better outcomes while containing costs through curricular innovation, community engagement, and effective use of technology. The Challenged concluded June 30, 2015.

What did we do?

  • With the $3 million in one-time funding, the Provost's Challenge supported 24 faculty and staff initiated projects to create lasting change at PSU. These projects helped PSU use technology in innovative ways to deliver a high-quality, affordable education and improve student success.

How did we do it?

  • The Challenge capitalized on the talent, creativity energy and enthusiasm of PSU faculty and staff. Through the use of a crowdsourcing model, the challenge solicited and selected a wide array of projects from more than 1,000 faculty, staff and students, that represented a diversity of high-quality ideas, community engagement, and silobusting.


For additional details, please see the Final Expenditure Report

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