Marylhurst and Portland Community College entered into an official agreement in May 2016, aiming to remove barriers for PCC students to complete a four-year degree at Marylhurst.
The institutions’ presidents commemorated the historic moment at a signing ceremony on May 18.
“Agreements like this provide a creative – and critical – linkage that enables a smooth pathway for our students, from one institution to the other,” said Sylvia Kelley, interim president of Portland Community College.
“Our students will have improved access to comprehensive student services, regardless of their location – be it at PCC or Marylhurst,” she continued. “Academic advising will be a shared responsibility with involvement from advisors from both institutions.”
This partnership approach ensures students will have an improved experience in evaluating career options and in designing educational plans to achieve their goals, she said.
Melody Rose, president of Marylhurst University, stressed higher degree completion as the ultimate achievement from this partnership. “I am confident that through our efforts and commitment, we will be able to help students achieve degree completion – first an associate’s degree, then a bachelor’s,” she said. “‘Think PCC first’ and Marylhurst second,” she added with a smile.