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The Oregon Graduate Institute may get some of the recognition - and responsibility - backers claim it deserves with Gov. John Kitzhaber's new plan to boost engineering education in the state.
Kitzhaber announced Dec. 20 that he's earmarking $9 million in his 1997-98 budget to expand undergraduate and graduate engineering programs. That money will go to state-supported universities and the private OGI. The intent is to more closely match Oregon's output of grads in high-tech to the growing demands of the work force.
Turf battles among state schools have mired past efforts at collaboration in high-tech education. But even then, OGI's role has been scant because it isn't part of the …