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Cam Preus, Executive Director

John Wykoff, Deputy Director

Karen Smith, General Counsel

Casey White-Zollman, Communications Director

Katie Archambault, Director of Research & Fiscal Operations

Elizabeth Cox Brand, Executive Director, Student Success Center

Suzette Boydston, Statewide Affinity Coordinator

Susan Baker, Executive Assistant



260 13th St NE 

Salem, OR 97301

(503) 399-9912



Student Success and Completion


Narcisa A. Polonio, Ed. D., Executive Vice President for Education, Research and Board Leadership Services, Association of Community College Trustees and Byron McClenney, Ed.D., Consultant - GISS Training at Oregon Garden

John Gardner, John Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

Community Colleges and Workforce Development

A Report From the 21st-Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges - The American Association of Community Colleges with support from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Kresge Foundation, ACT, and Educational Testing Service.

The purpose of the alternative measures working group was to examine issues related to measures of student success other than progression and completion measures such as retention, transfer, completion, and graduation rates. The working group was charged with exploring student learning outcomes, employment outcomes, and other outcomes associated with the multifaceted missions of two-year institutions

Greg Hamann, President, Linn Benton Commmunity College

Completion by Design is a next major step in community college reform. It is a five-year investment that will enable groups of community college campuses within states to collaborate on the design and implementation of a model pathway to completion. The model pathway will draw from the body of research and experience generated by previous initiatives and the specific circumstances of grantees to systematically implement a whole range of proven and promising practices from intake to completion. 

The plan focuses on creating adequate measurements for the three areas of student success: Access, Progress and Goal Attainment. These measurements will provide community colleges with a more complete picture of student enrollment and achievement patterns that is intended to provide community colleges with the knowledge to act in ways that will lead to an increase in student success. The plan defines a long-term initiative to develop and implement: 

  • A culture of evidence in Oregon’s community colleges, where the collection and analysis of longitudinal, demographic and other data informs policy decisions locally and statewide.
  • Strategies to improve performance in areas falling below the national average such as minority student enrollment and geographic disparity in student success rates.
  • A “Framework for Measuring Student Success,” a visual model to reflect colleges’ diverse student populations and their non-linear educational pathways.
  • New performance indicators, such as Fall-to-Fall persistence, to measure student access, retention and success rates.
  • A strategy to improve student retention.
  • Improvements to the community college statewide data collection system.
  • Policies relating to noncredit workforce training.
  • A system to disaggregate performance data, on a college-by-college basis, to identify the high-performing colleges and share their best practices.