The Oregon Achievement Compacts are a set of education goals established for Oregon and were developed under the leadership of Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and the Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB). Dual Credit programs help schools meet the goals of the compacts in the "College and Career Ready" component. This section requires that all high school students graduate high school completing at least three college courses.
High school Dual Credit students earn PCC credit at no financial cost to them or their high school. They develop the college readiness skills needed to transition to college to earn a degree or certificate. In Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses, students develop technical and work readiness skills that prepare them for a career as well as further education. Additionally,articulated coursework raises the level of rigor of the high school experience.
In 2015-16, there were 1,666 students who earned 9 or more PCC college credits through the PCC Dual Credit program.
The goal that Oregon becomes a universally well-educated state is defined in Senate Bill 253 (2011), which defines the state’s goals for high school and completion by 2025 to be:
- 40% of adult Oregonians have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher;
- 40% of adult Oregonians have earned an associate’s degree or post-secondary credential as their highest level of educational achievement; and,
- The remaining 20% or less of all adult Oregonians have earned a high school diploma, an extended or modified high school diploma, or the equivalent of a high school diploma as their highest level of achievement.