Portland State University (PSU) President Wim Wiewel and Portland Community College President Jeremy Brown signed a renewed co-admission agreement during a ceremony Wednesday, Nov. 20 at PSU.
Co-admission creates a seamless pathway for students who start at PCC and plan to finish their bachelor’s degree at PSU. Co-admitted students complete one application and enjoy access to services and facilities at both schools. Financial aid and scholarship opportunities also are coordinated between the two schools.
PSU and PCC have had a co-admission agreement since 2000. Wednesday’s signing event was conducted in part as a welcome to Brown, who became president of PCC on July 1, replacing Preston Pulliams, who retired June 30 after serving as president since 2004.
In addition to PCC, Portland State has co-admission agreements with Chemeketa, Clackamas, Clark, Clatsop, Oregon Coast, Mt. Hood, Columbia Gorge, and Tillamook Bay community colleges. PCC is by far the largest. With 93,000 full-time and part-time students, it is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon. About 3,800 co-admitted students from PCC have graduated from PSU.
Brown spent much of the day at PSU, meeting with administrators, touring the campus, and hearing the experiences – often challenging -- of former community college students who have transferred to PSU. The presidents and administrators from both institutions vowed to work toward making the co-admission and transfer process smoother for students.