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University Studies Awards & Recognition

(2010) Portland State University receives CHEA Award
The Council for Higher Education Accreditation has awarded the 2010 CHEA Award for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes to Portland State University (OR), one of four institutions that will receive the award in 2010.

(2006) "America's Best Colleges: Programs to Look For,"U.S. News & World Reports
Portland State University is listed in 5 out of 8 "Programs to Look For" in "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Reports. Three of these are University Studies programs—First-Year Experiences, Learning Communities, and Senior Capstones—and a fourth, Service Learning, forms a core component of University Studies curriculum.

(2006) One of the "Best Colleges in the West" The Princeton Review
Portland State University was named one of Princeton Review's"Best Colleges in the West" for the second year in a row.

(2006) A "Savior of our Cities" New England Board of Higher Education
Portland State and 24 other universities were chosen as "Saviors of Our Cities" by the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) for examples of community revitalization and cultural renewal, economic drivers of the local economy and advocates of community service and urban developers, both commercially as well as in housing.

(2005) "America's Best Colleges: Programs to Look For,"U.S. News & World Reports
Portland State University is listed in 5 out of 8 "Programs to Look For" in "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Reports. Three of these are University Studies programs—First-Year Experiences, Learning Communities, and Senior Capstones—and a fourth, Service Learning, forms a core component of University Studies curriculum.

(2004) Integrative Learning Project
A three-year project on integrative learning that began in January 2004. AAC&U and The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching are engaging campuses in developing designs for comprehensive approaches aimed at providing students with purposeful, progressively more challenging, integrated educational experiences. Ten campuses out of 140 applicants were chosen for the project that have already made significant progress in developing integrative learning strategies and are committed to deepening that work. The project's aims are to create new resources, networks, models and evidence-based arguments that can both strengthen the work of these campuses and prove useful to other institutions. The ten campuses are Carleton College, LaGuardia Community College /CUNY, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Michigan State University, Philadelphia University, Portland State University , Salve Regina, College of San Mateo, State University of New York College at Oswego, University of Charleston.

(2004) National Coalition for Electronic Portfolio Research
AAHE and its partner Clemson University selected a cohort of ten institutions for the inaugural cohort of the National Coalition for Electronic Portfolio Research. From over 35 institutions that applied for membership, the colleges and universities were chosen based on their experience with and commitment to learning more about the effects of portfolio usage on learning and achievement. The institutions will work collaboratively to pose and investigate research questions about the impact of electronic portfolio use on student learning and institutional effectiveness. The cohort is Alverno College, Northern Illinois University, Bowling Green University, Portland State University, IUPUI, Stanford University, LaGuardia Community College, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Mississippi State University, and University of Washington.

(2004) "Programs to Look For," US News & World Reports
Portland State University is named in three categories: Learning communities, service learning and Senior Capstones.

(2003) NWACC Grant
Awarded for expanding student electronic portfolios in University Studies.

(2003) Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education
Funding for project to use electronic student portfolios for transfer among institutions - "Seamless Learning and Transition Consortium: Building Portable and Credible Documentation for Student Learning" - with Georgia State University and Alverno. Second grant.

(2003) "Programs that Really Work," U.S. News & World Reports
Portland State University is named in the top ten of three categories of "Programs that Really Work" by U.S. News & World Reports. The three programs are Learning Communities (7th), Service Learning (4th), Senior Capstones (8th). 2003 is the first year that U.S. News and World Reports included these categories in their annual college review.

(2002) Ford Foundation Planning Grant
PSU is invited to participate in the project Engaged Campus in a Diverse Democracy with Wagner College, Collin County Community College, University of Michigan, North Carolina AT&T, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Evergreen State College, George Mason University, American Association of Higher Education.

(2002) Fund for the Improvement of Post-secondary Education
Funding for project using electronic student portfolios for transfer among institutions - "Seamless Learning and Transition Consortium: Building Portable and Credible Documentation for Student Learning" - with Georgia State University and Alverno.

(2002) Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)
One of six original Leadership Institutions in the Greater Expectations Consortium on Quality Education.

(2002) Hesburgh Certificate of Excellence
Awarded to five institutions a year for undergraduate curricular reform.

(2002) SENCER Summer Institute
Science Education for New Civic Engagements & Responsibilities (SENCER) selected Portland State University to share with other institutions how PSU has integrated community-based learning with science education.

(2001) Corporation for National Service
Portland State University was one of seven colleges honored for a commitment to national service. The other institutions are The California State System; The institutions for Higher Learning, Mississippi; Frostburg State University, Frostburg, Maryland; Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; University of Montana, Missoula, Montana; University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana.

(2001) Greater Expectations Project led by AAC&U
Work with the Quality Assurance Collaborative (QAC) led to PSU's inclusion in the Greater Expectations Project led by AAC&U. PSU participates in this effort with twenty-one higher education institutions across the country including University of Michigan, Duke, Alverno, Central Connecticut State University, Colgate University, University of Nebraska- Lincoln, University of Southern California and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

(2000) Portland State University is accepted as a member of the Civic Learning Cluster
The cluster, composed of ten institutions, is facilitated by New England Research Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) at U Mass Boston. The Cluster supports initiatives at each institution to promote civic learning. The institutions also work together on common issues such as assessment of the projects and of the cluster itself, innovative pedagogy, projects in collaboration with K-12 and student leadership.

(2000) National Learning Communities Project
University Studies Director Judy Patton named as a National Learning Communities Fellow.

(1999) The Templeton Guide to Colleges that Encourage Character Development
Exemplary Program awards for First Year Programs and Senior-Year Programs from The John Templeton Foundation.

(1999) The Quality Assurance Collaborative (QAC)
A project with the group of institutions awarded The Pew Leadership Award for the Renewal of Undergraduate Education: Alverno College, Babson College, Eastern New Mexico University, Mt. St. Mary's College, PSU, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

(1997) The American Council on Education/W.K. Kellogg Project on Leadership and Institutional Transformation (KFHET)

(1996) The Oregon State University System
Provided funding for the Freshman Inquiry/High School Collaboration.

(1996) The RUSS Project (Restructuring for Urban Student Success)
with Temple University and IUPUI funded by the Pew Charitable Trust.

(1996) The W.K. Kellogg Foundation Award
PSU was one of four universities nationwide to receive this recognition. This award was used to advance PSU's general education transformation effort, and led to PSU's participation in The Kellogg Network for Institutional Transformation, (KNIT).

(1996) The Pew Leadership Award for the Renewal of Undergraduate Education
PSU was one of three institutions to claim this prestigious national award in the inaugural year.