Jan 20, 2020  
Academic Catalog 2019-2020 
Academic Catalog 2019-2020

University Services and Resources

A wide range of services and resources are available for students.  Links to some of these are below:

Life at Pacific

Centers and Institutes

The Berglund Center is an innovation center and incubator where innovative thinking, entrepreneurship and multidisciplinary team work comes together to launch new products, services and ideas within a vibrant learning community.

Child Learning & Development Center supports educational environments that will facilitate experiential learning and research within the College of Education for the purpose of improving early childhood education.

The Tom McCall Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) works with Pacific University students, faculty, and staff, together with community organizations, to address significant social, political, or environmental issues.

The Center for Gender Equity (CGE) supports gender equity through dialogue, programming, service, research, education, and advocacy in order to facilitate collaborative, humane, and sustainable University, local and global communities.  CGE is both a service organization and a center for research; it is distinctive because, although it grew out of the national movement to establish women’s centers on college campuses, CGE’s focus is on men and LGBTQ issues as well as on women.

The Center for Languages & International Collaboration (CLIC) promotes the development of global-ready graduates who can communicate effectively across difference by supporting the teaching and learning of world languages and cultures, and courses promoting international and diverse perspectives.

The Center for Peace & Spirituality provides students with the opportunity to engage in meaningful study, reflection and action based on the recognition that inter- and intra-personal peace are inherently connected and that concerns for personal spirituality are intimately related to concerns for one’s social, historical, cultural and natural environment.

The Center for a Sustainable Society provides students an opportunity to experience the university’s commitment to sustainability and work within a collaborative framework to cultivate an engaged community dedicated to ethical, transdisciplinary solutions that advance the wellbeing of people and places, locally and across the world, now and in the future.

The Multicultural Student Center establises a location of equitability and inclusion for all students who call Pacific University home.

The English Language Institute offers students an opportunity to improve their academic English language skills before they take university classes in the United States.  Most ELI students who successfully complete the ELI program transfer to one of Pacific University’s undergraduate or graduate programs.

The Vision Performance Institute (VPI) is a leading research organization in the vision sciences. VPI is dedicated to research in product development and support and clinical care in vision performance.

Other Resources

The Pacific University Bookstore, managed by Barnes and Noble College Booksellers and conveniently located in the University Center, carries all required texts and supplies for course work, as well as apparel, gifts and sundries.

The Office of International Programs provides services to international students and scholars and to students participating in study-abroad programs.

In 1996, Pacific University joined with five other Oregon colleges and universities to form the Oregon Campus Compact, a division of national Campus Compact: Higher Education in Service to the Nation. This is an organization of college and University presidents committed to helping students develop the values and skills of citizenship through participation in public and community service.  Faculty members, staff, and students may take advantage of Campus Contact services and resources including technical assistance for developing service learning courses and programs, mini-grants, a quarterly newsletter, resource library, and workshops on topics of interest in community service-learning.

The University Libraries are a vital center of research, learning, and discovery for the Pacific University community. With exceptional new facilities on both the Forest Grove and Hillsboro campuses, the Library offers strong collections and services to support both undergraduate and graduate scholarship, and our facilities serve as friendly gathering places as well. From our rich historical Archives, to government documents, to recreational reading, music and videos, to efficient, easy access to digital resources across our curricula, the Library is well-equipped to enrich our students learning experiences while at Pacific.

A committed group of Library faculty and staff work closely with students to assist them in finding, evaluating and using today’s wealth of information, as well as in effectively using new information technologies. Information literacy classes offer undergraduate students the opportunity to develop skills to prepare for successful lifelong engagement with a dynamic and ever-changing information environment. Library faculty work closely with the professional and graduate programs in Hillsboro, Eugene, Forest Grove and in distance courses to integrate information literacy competencies into the curriculum and to support students’ advanced research.

Access to online databases, nearly 30,000 full text electronic journals and 10,000 ebooks is available around the clock via the Library’s web portal. In addition to its core collections of materials (both print and electronic), the Library’s resource-sharing partnerships allow our students to quickly obtain materials from across the region – and from around the world. To encourage both independent research and collaborative learning, the Library offers comfortable study spaces on both campuses, and a 24-hour study center and computer lab in the Forest Grove facility. An information commons is located in both the Hillsboro and Forest Grove libraries, offering computer access and research assistance to all students.

Our new University digital repository, CommonKnowledge, is the home of the collected scholarship and creative works of Pacific University faculty, staff and students. Outstanding undergraduate student scholarship, as well as the theses, dissertations and research projects of our graduate and professional students, is showcased in CommonKnowledge. These largely open access collections, along with the open access journals hosted by the Library in CommonKnowledge, support the idea that shared information is essential to the “progress of knowledge” in our global community.

Through its collections, services, staff, and innovative use of technology, the Library encourages exploration and discovery and strengthens the University’s commitment to teaching, learning and scholarship.

Old College Hall was completed in 1850 and is the oldest permanent structure on the Pacific University campus. It is among the oldest collegiate buildings in the western United States and continues to serve as a gathering place for members of the University and surrounding communities. This compact two-story structure with its signature octagonal belfry, or cupola, is symbolic of pioneer efforts during territorial days. In 1974, Old College Hall assumed its rightful place on the National Register of Historic Places.

As part of Pacific’s centennial celebration in 1949, the second floor rooms of Old College Hall were converted into museum galleries. The Pacific University Museum exhibits artifacts relating to the history of the institution. Many interesting objects donated by alumni and friends of the University are displayed here. Personal items from founder Tabitha Brown and President Sidney Harper Marsh are among the collections on exhibit. Treasures from various foreign cultures are also featured in the museum, reflecting Pacific’s missionary heritage. Old College Hall is open for tours on the first Wednesday of the month. Visits also can be arranged by appointment through the Office of the President.