Portland State University Program Review
The mission of Portland State University provide a quality liberal education for undergraduates and graduates so that they may get the skills to improve the intellectual, cultural and economic aspects of their lives. The school intends to build a strong research and community service foundation and wants to provide programs that will positively impact the community and its residents.
Portland State was established as the Vanport Extension Center in 1946 to satisfy the demand for higher education in Portland for returning World War II veterans. It underwent many renovations, once almost being destroyed by a flood, before becoming Portland State in 1969. The university’s main campus is located in Portland, Oregon, and is home to several thousand graduate and undergraduate students. Some programs are even available online, so students from all over can enjoy the educational experience at Portland.
Portland State is the only college in Oregon that is located in a major metropolitan area, and it takes full advantage of this situation. The school offers students an innovative new program called “University Studies” which replaced its traditional undergraduate study program and was noted as a “Program to Look For” by U.S. News & World Report. Students attending Portland State will also be able to enjoy the benefits of attending a school with a dedication to promoting diversity, as the school recently added an African American Studies program as well as a Native American student center.
Portland State offers an Extended Campus program to allow students to take classes without having to physically attend them. The programs currently offered are at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and certification levels, and students who are currently taking courses with Portland State and want to finish up online may be able to do so. Online students will have the same access to class schedules, curriculum, textbooks and resources as on campus students with the flexibility to study on their own schedules. Students can work towards an MBA, a BS in Criminal Justice or a Certification in Early Childhood Education at their own pace.