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Peer Colleges

Portland Community College, in alignment with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities standards, has *identified national and regional peer colleges. These groupings enable PCC to present outcomes in the context of and in comparison to similar institutions. A review to determine if any college should be added or removed as a peer institution is planned once 2022-23 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Systems (IPEDS) data are available for analysis. The selection methodology and use of additional data sources will also be considered at that time.

National Peers

The college’s National Peer Group consists of *eleven colleges identified as being similar to PCC with regard to enrollment (size), highest degree offered (Associate’s degree), degree of urbanization (large city) and several other identifiers also reported in IPEDS.

College Name Fall 2021 Enrollment
Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) 27,225
El Paso Community College (EPCC) 24,621
Columbus State Community College (CSCC) 25,102
City College of San Francisco (CCSF) 17,447
Portland Community College (PCC) 21,029
Suffolk County Community College (SCCC) 20,549
College of DuPage (CDP) 20,849
Central New Mexico Community College (CNMC) 18,563
Des Moines Area Community College (DMCC) 20,536
Cuyahoga Community College District (CCCD) 17,523
Hillsborough Community College (HCC) 19,198
Wake Technical Community College (WTCC) 21,299

Regional Peers

The Regional Peer Group consists of six institutions located in the western region of the United States. These colleges are similar to PCC in some regards although the four Oregon community colleges are notably smaller in size.

College Name Fall 2021 Enrollment
Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) 27,225
Portland Community College (PCC) 21,029
Sacramento City College (SCC) 18,333
Chemeketa Community College (CHCC) 7,492
Lane Community College (LCC) 6,807
Mt. Hood Community College (MCCC) 5,893
Clackamas Community College (CLCC) 5,206

*San Jancinto Community College now offers baccalaureate degrees and is no longer included as a national peer.

The methodology and iterative process followed to select the original institutions for consideration as peer status are available to PCC employees in IE Spaces.