The latest news from Pacific University.
Honored for Service | Pacific University has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fourth consecutive year. The honor roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes for their communities. Pacific is one of just eight Oregon colleges and universities, and about 760 nationally, to be named to the honor roll. During the 2012-2013 academic year, on which the award was based, about 79 percent of all Pacific University students engaged in academic service learning or community service activities.
Science of Sight | The College of Optometry will begin a PhD in vision science program in Fall 2015, catering to the top research students in the field of vision science. The program will provide its alumni a broader range of career opportunities from academic positions in optometry to research scientist jobs in vision-related industries. Pacific will be the first private university to offer a terminal degree in vision science, joining six large public universities.
Hear Hear | The Pacific University EarClinic opened in late October 2014, providing hearing and balance services in western Washington County. A part of the School of Audiology, the EarClinic features the most up-to-date technology for evaluating the hearing of people at all stages of life, and provides clinical experience for Pacific students seeking their doctorate of audiology while serving the healthcare needs of the community.
Justice for All | The College of Arts & Sciences will launch a new major this fall in criminal justice, law and society. The multidisciplinary program will focus on the role of social control, social policy, and law in society. Students may go on to law school, as well as advocacy organizations, public policy institutions, education, international affairs and government.
STEM in Schools | The Pacific University College of Education
has received a grant of more than $580,000 to help improve the
quality of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in Salem and outlying areas south of Portland. The Oregon Department of Education Title IIB Math and Science Partnerships award will enhance Pacific’s role in the South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership over a three-year period. The grant comes in addition to $800,000 from the National Science Foundation to support the Noyce Scholarship program, which prepares new teachers to teach STEM subjects in multicultural, multilingual and high-needs middle and high schools.