One new bill introduced in the 2014 short legislative session could alter the number of Oregon resident students who attend universities in the state.

Submitted as House Bill 4123 in the 2014 short legislative session Feb. 3, the proposal would grant the Higher Education Coordinating Commission the ability to set a minimum amount of resident students enrolled in any Oregon university that has an institutional governing board.

If signed into law, the HECC would meet to discuss the implementation of such policies and submit a timeline to each major Oregon university by December 2014.

According to figures from the office of institutional research at OSU, 17,657 students who enrolled in fall 2013 were Oregon resident students, making up around 63 percent of the university's overall population.

Currently, Oregon State University, Portland State University and the University of Oregon are the only three colleges with institutional governing boards. However, other Oregon regional colleges, including Western Oregon University, will have the option to establish their own boards within the next year.

Each established institutional governing board at OSU, PSU and U of O will become active in July 2014. Meetings to discuss additional budget proposals submitted to the HECC will take place before April 1.

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