1970s: The increasing student-to-teacher ratio leads to what some people term the “None-of-Your-Business” School of Business. As viewed from the rest of the campus, the School of Business becomes a place devoted to teaching its own students first.
1974: The undergraduate office plans to offer studies in hotel, motel, resort and restaurant management. The office also establishes a new degree program in residential institution management.
1980s: High inflation and interest rates and a collapsed economy cause OSU to trim its budget. As a result, more students enroll in business as a practical measure to battle an uncertain economy. Increasing enrollments cause the student-to-faculty ratio to reach a peak of 55.
1981: A computer lab is established in the school, funded largely by private dollars.
1983: The School of Business changes its name to the College of Business.
1985: The Austin Family Business Program is created. As one of the first programs of its kind in the nation, AFBP offers seminars and workshops throughout the Northwest to address the challenges family businesses face. The college starts an executive MBA program in Portland in conjunction with Portland State University and the University of Oregon.