Clark College and Portland State University Take the Next Step as Partners in Education
Author: Barbara Kerr, Executive Director of Communications, Clark College, 360-922-2921
Posted: October 13, 2005

Today, Clark College and Portland State University (PSU)  formalized a co-admission agreement designed to improve student access to undergraduate education, increase the efficiency of joint efforts in support of students, and improve the success of student transfer rates through the completion of associate degrees and baccalaureate degrees.

Clark College President Dr. R. Wayne Branch and Portland State University President Daniel O. Bernstine signed the partnership agreement. The signing ceremony took place at 9 a.m. in the Penguin Student Union on the Clark College campus1800 E. McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver.

Last year, over 100 Clark College students transferred to Portland State University, making PSU the second highest recipient of Clark College students behind Washington State University Vancouver.  The new partnership will provide numerous benefits for Clark College students, including coordinated federal financial aid disbursement, early on-site academic advising, special scholarship opportunities for co-admitted students, coordinated student and academic services, credit for prior learning, one application, joint library services, access to computer services and coordinated degree completion.

Clark College students will be encouraged to transition to Portland State University after completing 90 transferable credits. Students will be advised to pursue educational pathways that include successful completion of an associate degree en route to the baccalaureate degree. Students who complete their program of study at Clark College and satisfy all requirements (including grade point average) will be guaranteed admission to Portland State, which currently enrolls more than 1,500 students in co-enrollment programs with Portland Community College, Clackamas Community College, Chemeketa Community College and Mt. Hood Community College in Oregon.

Clark College President Dr. R. Wayne Branch said, "Portland State University is one of the most diverse institutions in our region with interests in international education, intellectual and cultural offerings, and world-renown research programs.  Providing our students with access to the baccalaureate education offered by such a wonderful institution furthers their pathways to success.”

"We are very proud to forge this new educational partnership between Southwest Washington and northwest Oregon,” said Portland State University President Daniel O. Bernstine. "Our students have access to top-notch research, faculty, and facilities. That access, coupled with the University's location in the heart of the region's technology and cultural core, create an education unparalleled in the Pacific Northwest. We are delighted to be able to offer these new opportunities to students from Clark College as they take the next step in their education.”

As part of the agreement, both institutions have established mutual goals for the future including faculty exchange and professional development activities, career path programs, technology connections (access to student records, library services, course and classroom linkages and other faculty/student communication), as well as a comprehensive evaluation process for assessing the outcomes of the partnership agreement.

The University offers a comprehensive array of degree programs. Students may obtain a bachelor’s degree in many majors including business administration, engineering and computer science, biomedical informatics, African American studies, fine and performing arts, foreign languages and literatures, biological and physical sciences, community health, applied linguistics, liberal arts, social sciences, architecture, mathematics and international studies among many others.

Information about Clark College classes can be found on the Internet at or by calling 360-699-NEXT. Information about Portland State University can be found on the Internet at or by calling 503-725-3000 or toll free 800-547-8887.

About Clark College
Clark College is a community college providing two-year transfer degree studies, technical training and basic skills classes to more than 12,500 full-time and part-time students each quarter. It is the third largest college in the Washington State system of 35 community and technical colleges. Founded in 1933, Clark College received its first accreditation in 1936-37 and has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1948.   

For over 70 years, Clark College has been empowering learners who enrich the social, cultural and economic vitality of the region and the global community. Its new partnership with Portland State University enhances the educational opportunities it provides through its co-admissions agreements with Washington State University Vancouver and Marylhurst University.

For students seeking high academic standards in a welcoming and supportive environment, a commitment to student success and excellence in teaching, Clark College is “The Next Step.”

About Portland State University
Portland State University, Oregon's only urban university, is the largest and most diverse in the state system. The University's position in Oregon's economic and cultural center allows for deep community engagement and the creation of partnerships with hundreds of organizations throughout the region — partnerships that give Portland State students valuable learning opportunities as they solve real-world problems of business and community. Portland State offers more than 100 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degrees, as well as graduate certificates and continuing education programs. Portland State University serves more students and confers more master's degrees annually than any other Oregon university.  Their commitment to community college student success has led to a significant Lumina Foundation grant where PSU will lead a national research study focused on increasing the success rates of community college students who transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

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Portland State contact:
Erin Malecha Arias, Office of Marketing and Communications, 503-725-8794

For Immediate Release  # PR-05-141