What is the Survey Campaign?
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.
What issues are on the survey?
- Tuition & Textbook Affordability
Address the rising cost of tuition & textbooks by demanding the state provide more substantial, sustainable funding for Universities & Community Colleges, and increase funding for need-based aid.
- K-12 Sex Education Reform
Implement policy that would make sex education in K-12 schools more effective, comprehensive, & inclusive to trans & LGBTQ+ people, along with addressing consent.
- Affordable & Stable Housing
Address Oregon’s housing crisis by working on affordability, stability, and privacy protections for on & off-campus renters.
- Support for Undocumented Students
Address educational barriers for undocumented students by reforming existing policy to include financial support and jobs on campus.
- Schools Not Prisons
Disrupt the “school to prison pipeline” through police and prison reform and advocate for a state budget that prioritizes education over incarceration.
- Addressing Military Discrimination Against Transgender People
Lobby Oregon’s Governor & Attorney General to challenge the Federal government’s recruitment policy regarding transgender people in the military by filing a lawsuit.
- Student Control Over Tuition Setting and College Governance
Implement policy that creates local elections for University Boards of Trustees who set campus policy & tuition, and guarantees student voting positions in the Higher Education Coordinating Commission and University and Community College Governance.
- Inclusive Language & Civil Liberties Protections
Protect the rights of transgender & non-binary people by closing policy loopholes that specify “men & women” and gendered language in government documents.
- Increase Mental Health Resources for Students
Address the need for more clinical mental health resources on campuses by providing full time psychiatrists and decreasing wait times for access to counselors.
- Food Assistance for Food Insecure Oregonians
Address the growing number food insecure students by increasing funding and improve accessibility of food assistance programs.