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Public forum on student success in higher education
Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 5:30pm

WHAT: Portland-area residents are invited to a public forum on student success in higher education 

WHEN: September 13, 2012, 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Portland Community College, Cascades, Moriarty Auditorium
705 N. Killingsworth St. Portland, OR 97217
Map and directions at: (Accessible by TriMet bus lines #4, #72 and the Yellow MAX line)

DETAILS: Oregon’s Governor-appointed Task Force on Higher Education Student and Institutional Success is looking for comments and suggestions: how can we increase student success in Oregon’s community colleges and universities? Created by the Oregon Legislature in 2011, and appointed by Governor Kitzhaber, the Task Force is holding regional public forums across the state to collect public feedback on its efforts to increase graduation and completion rates for post-secondary students. Over the last nine months the Task Force has worked to draft a number of recommendations for legislative consideration and would like to hear from the public before submitting its report to the Oregon Legislature in October.

Copies of the draft report will be available at the meeting and on the following website for those who wish to review it prior to the meeting:

The Task Force on Higher Education Student and Institutional Success members in attendance will include:

  • Representative Michael Dembrow
  • Representative Mark Johnson
  • Senator Mark Hass
o Jim Francesconi, Member, Oregon State Board of Higher Education
  • Attorney, Haglund Kelley, LLP 
  • G.L.A. Harris, Associate Professor, College of Urban & Public Affairs, Portland State University
  • June Chrisman, Chief Human Resources Officer, Providence Health Systems
  • Jackie Altamirano, Student, Mount Hood Community College

These meetings are organized by the Oregon University System and Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development in cooperation with local educators. In addition to the Portland meeting, forums will be held in Bend, Eugene, La Grande, Medford, and Newport. For more information about the Task Force, visit: Contact and submit written comments: