Portland State has crossed the Columbia River and signed its first out-of-state community college co-admission agreement, formalizing a partnership with Clark College in Vancouver, Wash. The new program is designed to improve student access to undergraduate education and increase the numbers of students earning bachelor’s degrees.
Today, over half of all students entering postsecondary education begin at community colleges. Portland State University has responded to that trend by enrolling more than 1,500 students through established co-enrollment programs at Portland, Clackamas, Chemeketa, and Mt. Hood community colleges, in addition to offering onsite bachelor degree programs at those campuses.
Such partnerships and research recently led to a $775,000 investment by The Lumina Foundation for Education, commissioning PSU to lead a national research study aimed at improving the success of community college students, especially those who are underrepresented, and influencing institutional policy and practice related to transfer students.