Watch the 2022 University Day keynote presentation.

Jayathi Y. Murthy
President Elect, Oregon State University

As OSU’s next president, Jayathi Murthy is committed to improving access to college for all learners; advancing student success, undergraduate graduation rates and inclusive excellence throughout the university; expanding OSU’s strong research portfolio by investing in research infrastructure; and supporting faculty excellence in teaching, research and Extension and engagement programs.  She is national leader in higher education engineering teaching, research and service, will begin her service as Oregon State University’s 16th president on Sept. 9, 2022.  Learn more...

Edward Feser
Provost and Executive Vice President, Oregon State University

As the chief academic officer of the campus, Provost Feser oversees 11 academic colleges, the University Honors College, the Graduate School, the University Library, and the divisions of Student Affairs, Outreach and Engagement, and Information and Technology. He oversees the university’s annual budget development and strategic plan. Previously Feser held several leadership roles at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, including Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts, and Head of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. More...

2022 University Day Speaker
Ruth V. Watkins, PhD

Creating Equitable Pathways to Opportunity: Completion and Beyond

What can institutions - and states - do to close equity gaps not only in persistence and completion, but also in outcomes beyond completion? Strada's research team has explored student experiences and alumni outcomes beyond the completion of a degree. We find that although post-completion outcomes are unequal across race, gender, and economic background, specific career-related activities, such as early career learning opportunities, social and professional capital-building, and paid internships, are related to better outcomes through completion of a degree and beyond. We will discuss what universities can do to ensure that students who have faced the greatest barriers gain experiences that create more equitable pathways to opportunity. In addition to better outcomes for individuals and families, well-designed institutional actions can help meet the talent needs of employers.