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On Tuesday, Sept. 19 at the Rock Creek Campus, presidents from Portland Community College and Pacific University formalized a partnership to improve student access to undergraduate education.

PCC and Pacific will sign a co-admission agreement designed to improve student access to undergraduate education, increase the efficiency of joint efforts in support of students and promote successful undergraduate education experiences for those who wish to attend both institutions. Portland Community College District President Preston Pulliams and Pacific University President Phillip Creighton will be on hand for the signing event.

“The more options we create for students to advance their educational goals the better,” said Pulliams. “PCC strives to enable every course that each student takes to open possibilities and pathways to a better future. We are delighted to add Pacific to the list of high quality university options for our students and look forward to working with Pacific faculty and staff to ensure a seamless transfer.”

The new partnership will provide numerous benefits for PCC students including improved access to undergraduate education, increased educational choices, enhanced access to support services and individualized assistance in designing educational plans with an eye toward career options. PCC students taking advantage of the partnership will have access to new curricular choices and will be able to tailor their educational experiences to fit personal goals, preferences and needs.

“I’m looking forward to the relationship,” said Creighton. “It’s not easy to collaborate with other institutions because most are on a single mission. It took us three years to get here, but here we are. I’m excited to work with PCC.”

Founded in 1849, Pacific University is an independent, comprehensive university recognized annually by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s best colleges and best tuition values in the West. With a rich liberal arts tradition in the College of Arts and Sciences and acclaimed Colleges of Education, Health Professions and Optometry, Pacific University presents a distinctive combination of learning opportunities. With an enrollment of more than 2,500 students, Pacific University provides a dynamic small-class environment, together with classroom experience, service learning, international education, internships, research, and co-curricular activities.

About James Hill

James G. Hill, an award-winning journalist and public relations writer, has been the Communications Specialist for the Office of Public Affairs at Portland Community College since November of 1999. A graduate of Portland State University, J... more »


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