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Brian...how much would be saved by combining the universities you mention, what would be gained, what efficiences would occur. I present that very little would be actually accomplished by this. EOU, also, is not an ag school, rather, its focus is education, business and arts & sciences at the undergraduate levels with a few masters degree programs in special areas.
The regional universities are, as you suggest, a very different model than the bigs. Research dollars--which bring in substaintail "indirect cost recovery", ability to increase tuition, spread fixed costs over larger numbers, etc. all make up significant differences in the financial operations between the "bigs" and the regionals. The regionals have a very important role to play in their area. For example, EOU is the ONLY four year university serving 55% of the state's geogrpahic area. OSU has its extension; but you can't get a degree via the extension offices--great research, yes, degree, no...And, despite what many people may think, students from Eastern Oregon are not likely to go to the western side of the state--they will go to Boise State, UofI, Washington State-Tri Cities...thus, leaving the state and most likely not coming back...
Should the regionals affiliate and be treated different--yes. Should the bigs also be treated different--yes...they each have thier role to play and service to the state.
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