Working together, Oregon State University (OSU) and the community colleges of Oregon have an opportunity for increasingly positive impact on learner success across our state. This brief provides a discussion of current options.
OSU has a long history of collaboration with Oregon’s community colleges and their local communities. Through dialogue and shared values between OSU and our community college partners, OSU’s role has developed and clarified. A standard yet flexible approach to working relationships has proven successful in enhancing educational opportunities that are customized to local conditions. The following two examples provide a foundation to initiate conversations at new sites. These programs are considered best practices in support of Oregon’s 40-40-20 initiative.
The Degree Partnership Program (DPP) began with Linn-Benton Community College in 1999 and now includes all 17 Oregon community colleges. Through these agreements, students are dually admitted to Oregon State and the partner institution. Student benefits include:
Our research shows DPP students have higher completion rates, higher grade point averages, and accumulate fewer credits at graduation than transfer students. In addition to savings on educational costs, time to graduation is reduced. Students enhance their career opportunities and advance their goals.
The consistent approach of the Degree Partnership Program, developed over years of experience with our partners, provides the infrastructure to implement innovative academic programs whether delivered face-to-face or online.
The OSU Open Campus initiative serves as a convener of community partners who address educational needs unique to individual Oregon communities. Under the Open Campus banner, OSU partners with K-12 schools, community colleges, businesses and local governments to provide and coordinate educational opportunities – both credit and noncredit – that specifically meet the unique needs of individual communities. As Oregon’s land grant university and the Carnegie Foundation’s top designation for research institutions and Community Engagement classification, OSU is a logical choice to address these issues. Open Campus and DPP goals match and support Oregon legislative goals : college and career readiness, increased off-campus degree completion, and improved local economic development and business vitality.
Through comprehensive online degree and certificate programs, Oregon State Ecampus provides learners with access to a high-quality OSU education no matter where they live. All Ecampus programs and courses are developed by world-class OSU faculty using innovative course delivery strategies. All Ecampus graduates receive the same transcript and diploma as Oregon State's on-campus students.
Due to the quality and strength of its programs, OSU Ecampus has been top-ranked nationally by several publications as one of America’s best providers of online education. In January 2015, the Ecampus online bachelor’s programs were ranked No. 5 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The recognition was based on student engagement; faculty credentials and training; peer reputation; and student services and technology.
Currently, Ecampus delivers 19 undergraduate and 22 graduate programs online, including a bachelor’s in business administration, online chemistry classes and labs, and a variety of foreign languages.
Based upon unique circumstances, OSU and community college leadership can jointly pursue programs not explicitly contained in the above models. Examples might include:
To pursue additional activities, conversations should begin between community college leadership and the relevant OSU Regional Administrator: http://outreach.oregonstate.edu/about/regional-admins