Oregon Achievement Compacts
DUAL CREDIT’S ROLE IN THE NEW OREGON ACHIEVEMENT COMPACTS
Under the leadership of Governor John Kitzhaber and the Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB) a set of educational goals for the state were developed. They were titled the Achievement Compact. Dual Credit meets goals of the compacts in the “College and Career Ready” component. This section requires that all high school students earn nine or more college credits before their high school graduation. At first glance this might appear a challenging goal to meet. However, PCC Dual Credit has been doing just that since 1998.
Students earn college credit from PCC at no financial cost to the student or the 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, the college level qualifications of the approved teachers and the articulated coursework raise the rigor of the high school experience. This system also supports the mandate for equity within the Achievement Compacts. Any school can participate as long as there are qualified teachers willing to coordinate their programs with PCC guidelines.
The Oregon Legislature’s broad steps towards renewing their efforts to support, fund, and monitor the progress of education in the state led to the development of the Achievement Compacts. The Governor and the Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB) are committed to implementing these compacts.
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.
Because PCC Dual Credit provides an opportunity for students to start earning college credits before graduation they can begin to meet the requirements of a certificate or degree for no financial cost. This will shorten the amount of time and money that they have to spend earning a degree and help meets the goals of the achievement compacts.
In 2012-13, 1,754 students who registered for PCC Dual Credit earned 9 or more PCC college credits to date through Dual Credit (or another PCC program).
PCC Dual Credit will continue to strengthen the connections between high schools and community colleges as well as collaborating and aligning courses between community college and the Oregon University System. We will continue to share our strategies, collaborate and work to align courses for Dual Credit to provide educational opportunities for the students of Oregon.