Lumina Foundation – Working toward degree completion

An article from the Lumina Foundation in USA Today provides an urgent call to action for degree attainment. The US workforce demands it!

This week  A Stronger Nation through Higher Education was released by the Lumina Foundation showing college attainment rates for the largest 100 metro areas in the US. The Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro region ranked 24th in the country by population. Summaries for each state are also provided. Oregon-2012 provides a statewide and county snapshot of degree attainment. What does the data say to you? What action needs to take place?


The bleeding edge of communication… Case Foundation inspires!

In this moment… this one very moment… my inbox is empty. This occurs more often as of late because I have decided that I won’t get overwhelmed by email anymore. It had been keeping me up at night. So many wonderful things to read… so many folks I want to give a thoughtful, long email response… how to fit it all in? I let emails languish until I had time, but that time never came. So now I look at email and get to it in that moment. No waiting.

Let’s face it… the way we communicate has changed dramatically over the last several years! Is email over? Are we now onto 140 characters or less? Maybe just texting? Pinning?

Well, I am glad there is an organization out there that is watching this massive shift and offering great resources to keep us all informed of the next great thing!

Check out the Case Foundation and all of their wonderful resources! While you are there checking out their social media resources don’t miss their innovative information on Startup America and Social Citizens. These folks aren’t just out of the box thinkers… they got rid of the box!

And back to my inbox… it’s still empty… thank heavens I can type quickly because it will start to fill up any second!


News Clippings – Week of March 19

Central Oregon: Two students recognized for outstanding achievements
These students were selected by faculty to join the All Oregon Academic team and are eligible for scholarships to Oregon’s public and private four-year institutions. The awardees were chosen out of 7,500 students at COCC for their outstanding grade point averages and involvement in the campus and community.

Chemeketa: Three threats in just two weeks
In February, two bomb threats and a call about a future shooting on campus forced Chemeketa to evacuate three separate times. The campus is investigating these events as well as holding a forum to answer questions and relieve concerns.

George Fox: LGBTQ and allied alums rally to respond to university policies
The organization, OneGeorgeFox, launched in response to policies that forbid gay relationships, the formation of a Gay-Straight Alliance, and faculty from speaking up publicly in support of LGBTQ students.

Linfield: Launches accelerated RN to BSN online degree program
The degree program will accommodate students with a variety of life commitments by providing flexible and convenient class schedules. Qualified RN students will earn their BSN degree in 12 months.

PCC: Cascade campus awards $40 million contract for renovations and expansion
The first phase of construction will include three new structures – a 45,000-square-foot academic building, a 37,000-square-foot student center and the parking garage. Two more phases are expected.

PSU: Sona Karentz Andres hired as provost and vice president for academic affairs

Andres joins PSU from the Oregon University System where she was the vice chancellor of academic strategies. Now at PSU as the provost and vice president of academic affairs, she will oversee the academic mission of PSU.

PSU & UO: Seeking to establish independent governing boards
The University of Oregon and Portland State University are seeking to establish individual governing boards to make decisions around tuition, salary/benefits, learning outcomes, and hiring and firing of the university president. Higher education leaders agree institutions should be allowed to do this, though they have not settled on what the boards will be able to oversee.

SOU, Willamette, & WOU: Faculty members will participate in National Science Foundation ADVANCE project.
Women were selected to participate in a national network of STEM faculty from undergraduate schools. The ADVANCE project aims to advance the careers of those in the network by providing faculty peer-mentorship and cross-disiplinary support. The network is designed to encourage more women to enter into STEM disciplines.

UP: Students save tradition at Hollywood Senior Center
When organizing members of a 20 year old, monthly pancake breakfast passed away, the tradition of the pancake breakfast was threatened to dismantle. However, thanks to a vibrant group of volunteers from UP, the breakfast will continue to serve seniors at the Hollywood Senior Center.

WOU: Receives $250,000 anonymous gift
The gift will go toward construction of the DeVolder Family Science Center. The center is scheduled to open fall 2013 and will provide more lab space and classrooms for high-use science curriculum.

AmeriCorps Week

  • BePortland– Celebrating AmeriCorps Week in Oregon!
  • Lewis & Clark– Celebrate AmeriCorps Week March 10-18
  • Oregonian– Celebrating AmeriCorps Week in Oregon!

Talent Dividend – What is the cost of college completion?

CEOs for Cities has identified talent development as fundamental to successful cities. Their research indicates that 58 percent of a city’s success, as measured by per capita income, can be attributed to the percentage of the adult population with a college degree.

City Dividends, which was developed by Portland, Ore., economist Joe Cortright calculates the monetary gains the top 51 metros could realize if they increase their college attainment by one percentage point (The Talent Dividend), reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) by 1 mile per person per day (The Green Dividend) and reduce the number of people in poverty (The Opportunity Dividend) by one percentage point.

Oregon Campus Compact is proud to lead the regional effort around the Talent Dividend. We are just getting going… stay tuned for more information!

Our effort is aligned with Governor Kitzhaber’s 40/40/20 initiative and the Multnomah County Cradle to Career initiative. Click on their links to learn about the goals and stay connected to progress.

Focus the Nation

Are you an innovator? politico? technician? storyteller? Focus the Nation catalyzes all four to address the need for clean energy. Engaging college students across the country, their leadership curriculum will inform and empower and in the end? Their vision of a just and prosperous clean energy future will happen. These folks have charisma and passion that will inspire you. Their work is too exciting to not get on board!

Next up…

Students are invited to apply for the RECHARGE Retreat! Application deadline is April 1, 2012.