[nfbwatlk] FW: [tovi] Your Support is urgently needed - Portland State University program is suspended.

Doug Trimble Doug.Trimble at wssb.wa.gov
Tue Apr 7 15:23:08 UTC 2009

FYI, PSU  shutting down Teacher of the Blind program.


Doug Trimble
Orientation & Mobility Instructor
Off Campus Work Advisor
Washington State School for the Blind
2214 E. 13th Street Vancouver,  WA  98661
office ph. 360-696-6321 #118


From: Jim Bickford [mailto:bickford at pdx.edu] 
Sent: Monday, April 06, 2009 3:39 PM
To: TOVI: Administrative Question
Subject: [tovi] Your Support is urgently needed - Portland State
University program is suspended.
Importance: High


Friends, Colleagues, Students, Parents, and all Stakeholders:


On March 30, 2009 the provost at Portland State University made a
decision to suspend operations of the program to prepare teachers of
students who are blind or visually impaired due to the current economic
and budgetary shortfalls.  Many of you are aware that Portland State is
the only teacher preparation program in the Pacific Northwest and just
completed its 45th year preparing teachers for blind children. This
decision came as quite a shock to all of us.  The provost has proposed
reviewing the program in the next 6-9 months before making a final
determination about continuance.  However, for the 2009-2010 school year
we will admit no new students.


I would like to encourage each one of you to make your concerns known to
the provost and our dean and explain the need for our program to
continue.  If you have had specific personal relationships with our
program, please do be personal - but the emphasis must be on the needs
of the students who will now go unserved.  Also, if you have any
specific suggestions for collaborative partnerships, we would love to
hear them.


I would also encourage you to share this e-mail with anyone that you
feel may be affected by our potential permanent closure.


Please address your concerns to:

Dr. Roy Koch, Provost                     kochr at pdx.edu 

Portland State University

PO Box 751

Portland, Oregon  97207




Dr. Randy Hitz, Dean                      hitz at pdx.edu 

Graduate School of Education

Portland State University

PO Box 751

Portland, Oregon   97207


With copies to our department chair


Dr. Leslie Munson              munsonl at pdx.edu 


Thank you for your concern.


James O. "Blue" Bickford, Ed.D.

Director:  Project BRAILLE 

Associate Professor

Program for Visually Impaired Learners


Telephone:  503-725-5495

FAX:           503-725-5599


Visit our distance learning information center at:

http://www.pdx.edu/sped/vil.html <http://www.pdx.edu/sped-coun/vil.html>


Portland State University

Department of Special Education

PO Box 751

Portland, Oregon  97207


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