About the Division units and initiatives
These OSU units focus on community offerings and welcome involvement by the public all year.
OSU Extension Service
OSU Extension engages the people of Oregon with research-based knowledge and education that strengthen communities and economies, sustain natural resources and promote healthy families and individuals.
You can find us serving in every county and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, providing information and expertise to help meet local challenges and help every Oregonian thrive — just as we have done for more than 100 years.
Professional and Continuing Education
PACE partners with on- and off-campus stakeholders seeking resources related to continuing education, e-learning and online instructional technology. PACE programs offer the targeted professional development you need to succeed – wherever you happen to be.
The Center for the Outdoor Recreation Economy
CORE is delivering a new kind of workforce development to meet the unique needs of the vast, extremely entrepreneurial, and rapidly growing outdoor recreation industry. CORE partners to advance research and curriculum development, technical skills training and leadership programming for the U.S. outdoor industry.
You can access professional and technical training or degree programs built around clearly defined career pathways in the outdoors.
This collaboration supports and guides access to higher education, degree completion and career attainment for communities of color in the Portland Metro area. This initiative is co-developed and supported by the Division of Extension and Engagement, the Division of Student Affairs, and the Office of Institutional Diversity.
What guides our units
Oregon State University's 2019-23 strategic plan (SP4.0): Transformation, Excellence and Impact articulates the university’s commitment to exceptional research, discovery, innovation and engagement — and to integrating that research and engagement mission to deliver a high-quality, globally relevant and affordable education that is accessible to all learners.
The Division of Extension and Engagement is central to advancing this integrated mission. Our strategic framework — which includes overarching distinctions, aims and strategies — aligns with each of the four OSU SP4.0 goals. It serves as an internal guiding light the units in this division can use when planning work, aligning program and team goals, and collaborating across OSU and with communities.
Learn about our division's strategic framework for its units, including the aims for each OSU strategic 4.0 goal, the strategies we use to reach them and outcomes of our efforts.
The Statewide Public Service Programs
OSU Extension Service, Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Oregon Forest Research Laboratory — partner with communities across the state to tackle complex problems that require Oregon State University's world-leading expertise.
Preparing the next generation of leaders
The ten-month Leadership Development Program, Executive-Level, is for employees within the Division of Extension and Engagement and the College of Agricultural Sciences. Participants should have significant professional experience (2+ years) within their assignment and a documented record of performance that indicates potential success in an advanced or executive leadership position.
Responsive to community-identified needs
Rural Communities Explorer provides information, including data about community vitality and changes, to help OSU faculty, Oregon residents and policymakers make decisions about ways to engage in rural communities.
Meet our executive team
See the leadership and division contacts and the division's organizational chart. Also, learn our vision, mission and values.