Meerah Powell, OPB

Meerah Powell

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Portland, OR, United States

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Past articles by Meerah:

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Oregon’s low unemployment rate holds steady for July

The state’s unemployment rate held steady in July at 3.5%, the same rate it was in June. That mirrors the nation’s unemployment rate. Both Oregon and U.S. employment rates have stayed near that level over the past five months, near record lows, according to OED. → Read More

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‘Highly unusual labor market’ of 2022 analyzed in Oregon report

The state’s third “Oregon Talent Assessment” confirms that hiring has been tough — with 84% of employers reporting difficulty filling positions — and the report finds many other difficulties created by a public health emergency and the government’s response to the crisis. → Read More

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How Oregon’s community colleges will be a crucial part of the state’s pandemic recovery

Three retiring community college presidents discuss how COVID-19 affected enrollment at their institutions, and the role community college programs can play in helping students prepare for careers or continued learning. → Read More

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Eastern Oregon University, Umpqua Community College receive money to help prepare rural students for college

More than $2 million will go to the schools to support the recruitment and retention of rural students. → Read More

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Presidential finalists visit Oregon State University, interact with campus community

The OSU Board of Trustees anticipates choosing the university’s next president in early June → Read More

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Portland State University student surrenders in fatal shooting of fellow student

Keenan Harpole, 20, turned himself in to Bend authorities Monday. Police say he faces charges in the shooting death of 19-year-old Amara Marluke. → Read More

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Oregon State, Portland State, Willamette U. to lift mask mandates

Some universities and colleges around Oregon are following the state’s lead to lift mask mandates later this month. → Read More

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Oregon university student governments, graduate unions form student safety coalition

The coalition is hoping to address concerns about safety that have cropped up during the pandemic → Read More

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More than a month in, Oregon’s private colleges avoid on-campus COVID-19 outbreaks

Many of Oregon's private colleges and universities started their fall terms in late August. They are seeing relatively low positive COVID-19 cases, even while welcoming students fully back to campus. → Read More

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Some Oregon private colleges expect record enrollment this fall

Private higher education administrators say students are ‘hungry’ to get back to class. → Read More

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Some Oregon higher education institutions lower tuition increases due to state funding

The Oregon Institute of Technology and Clackamas Community College are both lowering their tuition increases due to higher-than-expected state funding. → Read More

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Lifting of statewide mandates brings changes to some Oregon colleges and universities, not others

Portland Community College still expects to stick to primarily online classes this fall, while Oregon State anticipates making face coverings optional on campus. → Read More

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Willamette University, Pacific Northwest College of Art merge

Oregon’s oldest university and the region’s oldest arts college, announced their plan to merge last year. → Read More

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Oregon higher ed budget bill would increase access to financial aid

If Senate Bill 5528 passes, the Higher Education Coordinating Commission estimates roughly 11,000 additional students would have access to a key state financial aid program in the next two years. → Read More

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Western Oregon University to fund center for students of color

Students advocated for the ‘Freedom Center,’ and now it will become a reality → Read More

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Oregon Tech faculty strike ends

A faculty strike at the Oregon Institute of Technology came to an end early Tuesday morning. Faculty should return to their jobs Wednesday. → Read More

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Employment Relations Board rules Oregon Tech faculty strike is legal

The university filed a petition asking for the state agency to declare the strike unlawful last week. → Read More

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OSU confirms new interim president, Becky Johnson

Johnson will begin her role on May 1. → Read More

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Top leaders at Portland Community College announce retirements

Both President Mark Mitsui and Executive Vice President Sylvia Kelley have announced their plans to retire. → Read More

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Cuts to Oregon’s oldest public university pit financial problems vs. institution’s ‘soul’

Western Oregon University has notified some longstanding faculty members they’re losing their jobs as part of a cost-cutting effort at the 165-year-old institution. → Read More