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OCCA DIGEST - December 2, 2016

Governor’s Budget Holds Community College Funding at $550 Million


The budget released Thursday by Governor Kate Brown holds funding of community colleges to the same funding level as the 2015-2017 biennium – $550 million.

“The Governor’s budget shows the challenges Oregon faces in providing adequate funding for vital services while confronting a $1.7 billion structural deficit,” said Andrea Henderson, Executive Director of the Oregon Community College Association.  “However, with flat-funding, colleges will have to make significant tuition increase while cutting programs and services.”

Henderson said she appreciated the Governor’s efforts to keep cuts from going deeper and welcomed a proposed $11 million increase to the Oregon Opportunity Grant – Oregon’s largest need-based financial aid program. The Governor’s budget also makes a substantial investment in capital construction projects for community colleges, and continues the Oregon Promise Program that provides tuition subsidies to eligible Oregon students.

 “The Governor called this budget the beginning of the conversation and made very clear she would support efforts from the legislature to identify more funding for colleges and universities, and that’s encouraging,” Henderson said. “But our students simply can’t afford another round of steep tuition hikes. We are pricing them out of an education.”

Earlier this year, the Higher Education Coordinating Commission projected that community colleges would need $634 million from the state to maintain services at their current level. The Commission identified increases in costs as the Public Employee Retirement System, new state mandates, and compliance with federal programs.

Community colleges will be working throughout the upcoming session with a coalition of advocates to press for a no-cuts budget of $634 million.

Oregon Revenue Forecast


On November 16, the Office of Economic Analysis released the latest Oregon Economic and Revenue Forecast. Oregon’s General Fund revenue outlook remains stable, though growth has slowed in recent months. Despite this, expectations have remained virtually unchanged since the 2015-17 budget was crafted, and the General Fund revenues are expected to land within $8 million of the Close of Session estimate.

The next forecast will be released on February 22, 2017.

OCCA Board Meeting Update

The Oregon Community College Board of Directors met in at Oregon Coast Community College in Newport Oregon last November discussing many topics.

With the conclusion of the 2016 election board members discussed the elections results as well as the outlook for the upcoming legislative session. Other items discussed include: OCCA annual goals, the upcoming legislative session, and the Oregon Student Success Center. 

The next OCCA board meeting will be January 19 at Chemeketa Community College.

Multiple Measures for Placement Meeting


On November 18, teams from Oregon community colleges gathered to learn more about the impact of using multiple measures for placement on student success and retention. Dr. John Hetts,  Senior Director of Data Science at the Educational Results Partnership, engaged teams in a discussion of research and data showing how the implementation of multiple measures for student placement not only results in more accurate course placement but also serves to reduce the achievement gap. Thirteen community colleges also shared current efforts to implement multiple measures on their campuses.

To access slides from the event please click here.
UPCOMING EVENTS

December 8
OPC Meeting
Clackamas Community College, Oregon City

December 9
OPC Meeting
Clackamas Community College, Oregon City

December 12-14
Legislative Days
Oregon State Capitol, Salem

OCCA STAFF

Andrea Henderson
Executive Director
andrea@occa17.com

John Wykoff
Deputy Director
jwykoff@occa17.com

Karen Smith
General Counsel
ksmith@occa17.com

Megan Jensen
Director of Member Services
mjensen@occa17.com

Elizabeth Cox Brand
Oregon Student Success Center, Executive Director
elizabeth@occa17.com

Katie Archambault
Research and
Fiscal Operations Director
katie@occa17.com

Lisa Wolfson
Executive Assistant 
lisa@occa17.com

Oregon’s 17 community colleges are a vital part of the state’s education system and serve roughly 313,000 students a year, or about 1 in 11 Oregonians.

The OCCA Digest updates members and the public about recent news affecting community colleges and efforts by the association to enhance student success and workforce development.

Do you have links to local stories or other items of interest? Please forward them to katie
@occa17.com.

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