The three major Oregon public universities testified before the Oregon House Education Subcommittee on Higher Education on 2/14/07. And, while the universities have many expert faculty engaged in China activities and teaching, what is missing is undergraduates studying Mandarin and studying abroad in China. Each of the universities reported their data a little differently. Data for enrollments comes from Oregon University System's 2006 Enrollment Reports.
Portland State University:
Enrollment: 13,536 undergraduates; 4,197 graduate; 17,733 total
Chinese language: 4-6 majors per year; 1-3 minors per year
Chinese language enrollment:
Fall 2006: 1st year - 83, 2nd year - 20; 3rd year -12;
Summer 2006: 1st year - 69; 2nd year - 26;
Total: 210 (as a percentage of undergraduates - 1.55%)
About 8 student per year study abroad in China (or 0.06% of undergraduates)
Oregon State University:
Enrollment: 13,669 undergraduate; 2,575 graduate; 16,244 total;
18 Chinese language minors in 2005-06.
Chinese language enrollment (05-06): 267 (as a percentage of undergraduates - 1.62%)
11 student are studying abroad in China in 2006-07 (or 0.08% of undergraduates)
University of Oregon:
Enrollment: 12,121 undergraduates; 2,380 graduates; 14,501 total;
161 students in 1st and 2nd year (as a percentage of undergraduates - 1.11%)
19 students studied abroad in China (Taiwan and Hong Kong) in 2005-06 (or 0.15% of undergraduates)
Note: The percentages calculated should not be taken as exact. There is ambiguity in the data they are based on. For examples, reports of students taking courses do not break out undergraduates and graduates (or other) students. Reports covering two time periods (regular and summer) may count the same student twice.