The OR CCR alliance comprises members from Oregon’s two- and four-year postsecondary institutions; a number of school districts and high schools; and state agencies including the Oregon Department of Education, Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development, Chief Education Office, and Higher Education Coordinating Commission. Representatives of these organizations are working together to improve alignment across the P–16 continuum, increase the use of college and career readiness evidence to inform policies, and support student access to postsecondary credit-bearing courses and career certificate programs.
The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) has published two OR CCR studies:
- Comparing Postsecondary Enrollment and Persistence Among Rural and Nonrural Students in Oregon
- What Predicts Participation in Developmental Education Among Recent High School Graduates at Community College? Lessons from Oregon
Another report, studying participation patterns and outcomes of Oregon high school students who earn college credits through dual credit and other accelerated college credit options, is in the works.
The alliance is also focused on:
- Providing program evaluation support for Eastern Promise, a program implemented by districts, education service districts, and colleges in eastern Oregon that expands high school students’ access to college-credit classes and encourages a college-going culture in local schools
- Creating data reports for school districts and community colleges on student participation in dual credit and their subsequent outcomes
- Providing training in a collaborative process for secondary and postsecondary faculty to align course expectations and instruction
- Sharing research on social and emotional learning (SEL), and developing SEL training materials for teachers, counselors, and youth program workers
- Documenting the implementation progress of the statewide redesign of developmental education at Oregon community colleges
- Using the new postsecondary longitudinal data system, Postsecondary Data for Analysis (D4A), to produce actionable information
- Piloting and implementing a college readiness indicator tool in partnership with data warehouses