The Oregon Student Association takes choosing its issues very seriously. OSA goes through a rigorous, year long process to vet the campaign issues it works on. Every time a full session of the state legislature ends, it’s time to re-evaluate our issues. Over the summer, member students research issues for presentation at the OSA retreat in August. Any student from a member school may propose, debate, and vote on these proposals. Out of many proposals, ten are selected by the member students at the retreat. The OSA student leadership (through its 3 elected boards) formulates a survey to be distributed to all students on member campuses. For the entirety of the fall term, member campuses promote participation in the survey, ensuring at least a statistically significant sample at each member school. At the conclusion of surveying, OSA staff does research on the policy implications and feasibility of each campaign proposal and on the in-depth information on the survey results. With this information in hand, the OSA student leadership selects its issues for the coming year.
From time to time, issues may arise that become urgent to address and are added as a priority issue in between or during the issue choosing process. The OSA student leadership may do this at one of their board meetings.
Budget Priorities for 2017
$765 million for universities
$636 for community colleges
$155 for the Oregon Opportunity Grant