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Administrators at Oregon State University Cascades campus say they've passed a significant milestone in the quest to bring a four-year university to Central Oregon.

082010_osu_cornell2_400_small.jpgDavid Nogueras / OPBStudents take notes during a course on hospitality at the OSU Cascades campus.

The university leaders say they've surpassed their goal for raising $1 million in six weeks.

Becky Johnson, vice-president at OSU and head of the Cascades campus, says that so far the school's capital campaign has brought in $1.5 million, exceeding its initial goal by 50 percent.

"For over 30 years, Central Oregon has been trying to figure out how to get a four-year university here and this is a statement that we're willing to do our part to make it happen," she says.

Johnson says the university will continue its fundraising efforts with the goal of raising a total of $4 million toward the project. The school is also seeking approval to issue state bonds totalling $16 million.

The state Board of Education is scheduled to convene the first week of August. Johnson says she hopes the board will endorse the plan at that meeting.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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