CUPA Centers and Institutes

Students on Campus

Innovation, Collaboration and Discovery

CUPA's 16 Centers and Institutes effectively serve as the bridge between our college and the community. They provide ways for our faculty and student scholars to share their research in ways that benefit others and improve the livability of our region.  

Our centers and institutes complement our academic programs and promote applied research and scholarship, community engagement, and public service. Our centers and institutes are also strengthened by collaborations across disciplines and partnerships with other university departments. They provide vital services to community partners—from generating a report for a local nonprofit to forecasting population growth for a rural town in Eastern Oregon. Focusing on applied research and service to the community, the work they perform reflects Portland State's motto, "Let Knowledge Serve the City."