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The Marine Studies Initiative represents a great opportunity for Oregon State University to be a world leader in addressing key societal issues for today and the future while defining a new model for teaching and research that emphasizes real-world, solutions-based inquiry and collaboration across disciplines.
JUST AS THE OCEAN HAS INSPIRED CREATIVITY FOR MILLENNIA, the Marine Studies Initiative will harness people’s fascination with the sea and all it touches to motivate the next generation of students and citizens. Through its collaborative, transdisciplinary programs, this initiative will provide innovative approaches to solving ocean-related societal challenges. We are pleased to share this Strategic Plan for Oregon State University and its external partners to achieve the successful stewardship of our ocean, including the wealth of benefits it provides to people, for today and into the future.
This plan is based on the efforts of more than 125 Oregon State faculty and students, educational partners from across the state and hundreds of conversations with Oregon citizens and decision makers over the last year. During the planning process, working groups produced series of reports.
Building on Oregon State’s half-century of excellence in marine sciences, we have a unique opportunity to create a globally distinct program that blends the natural and social sciences, business, engineering, education, the arts and humanities.
The time is right to launch this initiative to provide a transformational educational experience centered on marine studies, increase access to higher education for Oregon’s coastal communities, elevate our transdisciplinary research to even
greater global distinction, sustain and enhance the state’s marine-related economy and increase marine literacy across Oregon. Please join us as we set sail on this exciting voyage.
The world’s ocean belongs to everyone, and its health is critical to the future. The ocean is an essential life support system, absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, generating up to half of the world’s supply of oxygen, producing essential protein for nearly 3 billion people, regulating global climate and providing many resources used by humans. The ocean impacts everything from weather patterns and whale migration to inland agriculture, freshwater aquifers, public health, seafood security and the economic vitality of communities along the coast and inland. Marine habitats, nearshore ecosystems and coastal communities face daunting pressures that threaten their sustainability — climate change, ocean acidification, rising sea levels, variable fish stocks, natural and human-caused disasters and many others.
For full PDF of 10-Year Strategic Plan click here.
We are pleased to share this vision for Oregon State University and its external partners to achieve the successful stewardship of the ocean, including the wealth of benefits it provides to people for today and into the future. This vision is based on the efforts of more than 125 Oregon State faculty and students, educational partners from across the state and hundreds of conversations with Oregon citizens and decision makers over the last year.
For full PDF of Vision Plan click here.