Portland State, Four Community Colleges to Sign Historic Co-enrollment Agreement, Mar. 21
Author: Erin Malecha Arias, Office of Marketing and Communications (503-725-8794)
Posted: March 14, 2006

What: Next Tuesday, presidents of Chemeketa Community College, Clackamas Community College, Mt. Hood Community College, Portland Community College and Portland State University will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) forming the Portland Area Higher Education Consortium, a mutual pledge of five of Oregon’s largest institutions to integrate student admissions and enrollment, academic planning and support services. The end result will be greater access to courses and degrees for students without having to negotiate multiple systems, and a more efficient and effective delivery of educational programs in the region.  

When: Tuesday, March 21, 2:30 – 4 p.m., program starts at 3 p.m.

Portland State University Urban Center, 506 SW Mill, 2nd floor Gallery.

Guy Sievert, coordinator, Portland Area Higher Education Consortium, at or 503-725-5234, or Erin Malecha Arias, Portland State Office of Marketing and Communications, at or 503-725-8794.  

Background: The MOU agreed to by each school focuses on integrated admissions and registration for students, and coordinated financial aid and advising. The agreement, the first of its kind in the Northwest, also calls for joint academic planning, sharing classroom facilities where possible, and the opportunity for students to complete a four-year degree from Portland State while remaining on the community college campus.

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For Immediate Release (#06-041)