PSU and PCC renew and refine co-admission agreement to help students graduate faster
Author: Suzanne Pardington, University Communications
Posted: January 17, 2012

Portland State University (PSU) and Portland Community College (PCC) have streamlined their co-admission agreement to make it easier for students to take classes on both campuses, live in PSU residence halls and complete their degrees.

PSU President Wim Wiewel and PCC District President Preston Pulliams plan to sign the agreement at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at PCC's Downtown Center, 722 SW 2nd Ave., Portland.

The two institutions started co-admitting students in winter 2001 after statewide research on enrollment patterns showed students were enrolling in multiple schools on their own without the benefit of a structured degree pathway, a trend called "swirling." The agreement gives those students more coordinated support to meet their educational needs.  

"Co-admission makes financial and academic sense," said PSU President Wim Wiewel. "It gives students a more flexible educational path, strengthens the link between PCC and PSU and helps more students complete a bachelor's degree, which is key to the economic future of our region."

Since the agreement began, 7,204 students have been co-admitted to PCC and PSU. Of those students, 2,748 have graduated with a degree from PSU. Last fall 1,057 students transferred from PCC to PSU, up from 669 in fall 2007.

"PCC is a critical gateway to higher education in our community, and we're excited to strengthen PCC's relationship with our most important higher education partner," said PCC District President Preston Pulliams. "Forty percent of PSU's Spring 2011 graduating class also attended PCC. The streamlined co-admission agreement demonstrates our commitment to making the educational process easier for these students and to increasing student outcomes."

The new agreement establishes application deadlines, allows students to apply online and opens PSU housing to co-admitted students on a space available basis. 

PSU has co-admission agreements with five other community colleges: Chemeketa, Clackamas, Clatsop, Mt. Hood and Clark College in Washington. Students at Columbia Gorge, Tillamook Bay and Oregon Coast community colleges may also be co-admitted to PSU, because of other community college affiliations.

Students can apply for co-admission online at