Strong Start To Finish

Strong Start Oregon

Through a competitive application process completed in Spring 2020, Strong Start Oregon is one of seven new grantees selected to seed readiness at systems preparing to implement developmental education reforms at scale.

Supported by a coalition between the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC), the Oregon Student Success Center (OSSC), and the Oregon Community College Association (OCCA), Strong Start Oregon engages 20 of its institutions. With support from Strong Start to Finish, Strong Start Oregon aims to develop corequisite courses for STEM and non-STEM math pathways that will transfer statewide.

Priority Action Areas

Strong Start Oregon is focused on two priority action areas:

  • Substantially reduce the number of developmental education courses.
  • Implement corequisite math courses at scale.

Strategies at Scale

Through the support and professional networks of Strong Start to Finish, Strong Start Oregon will scale the following reforms:

  • Create a statewide steering committee to oversee the policy and design work. 
  • Create a statewide faculty design team to refresh alignment of current math courses and design new corequisite STEM and non-STEM math courses that will transfer statewide.
  • Select, train and support math faculty lead on each campus.
  • Design and disseminate a communications tool kit and marketing strategy targeting students, advisors and faculty. messaging credit transfer guarantee, improved student success, and shorter time to degree.

Project Leadership and Campus Involvement

Strong Start Oregon is supported and led by the Executive Director of the Oregon Student Success Center and the Director of the Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development. The Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC), the Oregon Student Success Center (OSSC), and the Oregon Community College Association (OCCA) will also provide both leadership and governance to initiate and sustain this work.

Oregon Community Colleges includes 16 colleges and 4 universities in their SSTF project, all committed to working to advance developmental education reforms in the state:

  • Central Oregon Community College
  • Chemeketa Community College
  • Clackamas Community College
  • Clatsop Community College
  • Columbia Gorge Community College
  • Klamath Community College
  • Lane Community College
  • Linn-Benton Community College
  • Mt. Hood Community College
  • Oregon State University
  • Oregon Coast Community College
  • Portland Community College
  • Rogue Community College
  • Southern Oregon University
  • Southwestern Oregon Community College
  • Tillamook Bay Community College
  • Treasure Valley Community College
  • Umpqua Community College
  • University of Oregon
  • Portland State University