For Release: March 31, 2006
On April 17, Portland Community College, Marylhurst University, Columbia Gorge and Tillamook Bay community colleges will formalize 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 Marylhurst University President Dr. Nancy Wilgenbusch will sign the partnership agreement. Also on hand for the signing will be Frank Toda (Columbia Gorge Community College), Lori Gates (Tillamook Bay Community College) and Gary Andeen (Oregon Independent Colleges Association). The signing ceremony will take place from 10 a.m. to noon in the Performing Arts Center lobby on PCC's Sylvania Campus, 12000 S.W. 49th Ave.
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.
"We are delighted to sign this articulation with Marylhurst University so that PCC students will now have another local option, at a high quality university, to continue their education toward bachelors degrees and beyond," said PCC District President Preston Pulliams.
"We will provide a seamless transfer process between our institutions and help each student use the excellent education they received at PCC as the foundation to earning a Bachelor's degree at Marylhurst University," said Marylhurst University President Dr. Nancy Wilgenbusch. "This agreement is about serving students and helping them be as successful as they can."
Information about Portland Community College classes can be found on the Internet at www.pcc.edu or by calling 503.244.6111. Information about Marylhurst University can be found on the Internet at www.marylhurst.edu or by calling 503.699.6268.
About Portland Community College
Portland Community College is the largest post-secondary institution in Oregon, serving approximately 91,000 full- and part-time students at three comprehensive campuses, five workforce training and education centers, and 200 community locations in the Portland metropolitan area. The PCC district encompasses a 1,500-square-mile area in northwest Oregon and offers two-year degrees, one-year certificate programs, short-term training, alternative education, pre-college courses and life-long learning. For more PCC news, please visit us on the Web at: http://www.pcc.edu/news/.
About Marylhurst University
Founded in 1893, Marylhurst is a private, co-educational university that serves a diverse student body of 1,300. The University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and many of its programs have earned additional specialized accreditation. Courses are scheduled evenings, weekends, days and online to address the needs of students with active lives. Small, seminar-style classes are taught by a practitioner faculty to assure course content is practical and relevant.
Marylhurst University is dedicated to making innovative education accessible to self-directed students. Undergraduate and graduate degree programs and professional certificates support professional career development and personal goals. The University is located 10 minutes south of Portland on Highway 43.