Eastern Oregon University is one of seven state-funded, four-year universities of higher education in the State of Oregon. Located in La Grande, Oregon, the school offers bachelor's and master's degrees.EOU employs just over one hundred full-time faculty. They are organized under the Associated Academic Professionals (AAP) Local 6200, and are currently in negotiations for a new contract.EOU opened its doors in 1929 as Eastern Oregon Normal School, a teacher training school. In 1939, the Oregon Legislature changed the name to Eastern Oregon College of Education. The words "of Education" were dropped from the college's name in 1956. The 1973 Legislature changed EOC's name to Eastern Oregon State College. In 1997, Eastern Oregon State College became Eastern Oregon University.In 2013 the Oregon University System began the process of creating independent boards for certain schools, including Oregon State and the University of Oregon. On June 30, 2015, the Oregon University System was dissolved and on July 1, 2015, the Eastern Oregon University Board of Trustees took on governance of the institution.