Partnerships between the Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development, Oregon’s 17 community colleges, and the Oregon University System give students broad and seamless transfer and co-enrollment options that fit their academic needs.
In addition to the state or system-wide partnerships and collaborations listed below, each OUS campus or center has strong community college relationships and partnerships for transfer students. For more information, see Transfer Admissions and Transfer Student Resources. Also in addition to the OUS-administered partnerships listed below, the Oregon Student Assistance Commission (OSAC) administers a variety of Oregon, federal, and privately funded student financial aid programs for the benefit of Oregonians attending institutions of postsecondary education, including the Oregon Opportunity grant (the State of Oregon need-based financial aid program). The partnerships below represent programs or initiatives coordinated by or partnered with the Oregon University System at the system level.
The Oregon Board of Education and the Oregon State Board of Higher Education meet as the Joint Boards to facilitate student pathways and address issues of common concern in the public K-12, community college, and university systems.
- The Unified Education Enterprise is a task force of the Joint Boards of Education that develops, implements, and monitors initiatives for PK- 20 education system alignment and integration.
- Joint Boards Articulation Commission (JBAC) JBAC is a policy and action-oriented group which encourages active cooperation and collaboration among sectors and within systems (K-12, community colleges, and baccalaureate-granting institutions) to achieve the most efficient and effective articulation and pathways possible.
Partnerships serving Transfer Students
Associate of Arts/Oregon Transfer Degree: Each of Oregon’s 17 community colleges offers an Associate of Arts/Oregon Transfer degree (AA/OT), and some offer the Associate of Arts/Oregon Transfer in Business (AA/OT-Bus). Completion of a transfer degree guarantees that a student has fully met all the lower division general education requirements to enter an OUS campus. The transfer degree does not guarantee admission into specific programs, or fulfillment of specific campus requirements. For more information, consult the most recent edition of the community college’s general catalog on their website or in their admissions office.
Articulated Transfer Linked Audit System (ATLAS) ATLAS is an innovative web-based system designed for more effective transfer of credits between community college and OUS institutions. The service gives students and academic advisors real-time information on how and where completed college courses transfer between post-secondary institutions, and helps students find appropriate courses to more quickly complete a degree or program.
- Degree Partnership Agreements in Oregon College to university degree partnership agreements, also referred to as "dual enrollment" or "co-admission" agreements, are student-focused arrangements that enable college students to be formally enrolled at both a community college and an OUS campus at the same time. OUS institutions collectively offer over 50 partnerships with community colleges, as well as similar agreements among its own institutions and with Oregon Health and Science University.
- The Oregon College Access Challenge Grant The Oregon College Access Challenge Grant is a statewide college access initiative supported by the U.S. Department of Education and coordinated by a multi-agency team including all postsecondary education sectors in the state. The grant supports the Adult Learner College Line (877-848-4669) in which trained specialists answer questions from potential postsecondary education students; a website for adult learners and other prospective students, www. oregonopportunities.gov; a “train the trainer” initiative in which guidance counselors, volunteer mentors, and human service and community agency staff are trained in financial aid basics; and a marketing and advertising campaign to spread awareness of these and other college resources in the state.
- Oregon Transfer Days Admissions representatives from all OUS institutions partner up with private four-year universities to tour all seventeen community colleges each year. The admissions representatives provide information and help community college students understand their options for transferring to an Oregon four-year college or university.
- Oregon Transfer Module (OTM) (JBAC Link) The OTM is an approved subset of general education courses that is transferable between and among public postsecondary institutions in Oregon. The module allows students to complete one year of general education foundation course work that will apply to the transfer toward an OUS institution degree and meet the admissions standards of that transfer institution. It is designed to ensure that student needs are met without having to take a course multiple times or lose credits when they transfer.
- OUS Native American Resource Guide This publication offers information about campus resources, web sites, financial aid resources, community college transfer processes, distance education, and more for Native American students and families.