2 make case for more university freedom

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Two of Oregon's leading figures in higher education are pushing for loosening legislative and other government controls of public universities.

The Register-Guard says George Pernsteiner, chancellor of the Oregon University System, and Ed Ray, president of Oregon State University, made the case Friday at a City Club of Portland luncheon.

They are advocating for legislation that would end the state's treatment of the seven public universities as a state agency.

The bill is expected to be heard by the Senate Education Committee after the Legislature resumes on Feb. 1.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com