More than 5,000 apply for free community college

Oregon Promise fields robust response to program for students from low-income families.

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Oregon Promise fields robust response to program for students from low-income families.

More than 1,000 students applied on its first day.

“We are not surprised by, and are very pleased to see, the large number of applicants,” said Endi Hartigan, spokeswoman for the Higher Education Coordinating Commission. “We have encouraged students statewide to apply even if they consider it as a back-up plan, and have even encouraged high schools to have all seniors apply if they wish.”

Lawmakers enacted Oregon Promise in Senate Bill 81 earlier this year. The legislation made Oregon the second state in the nation to offer free community-college tuition to eligible students, trailing only Tennessee.

(SOURCE: Portland Tribune)

The program has $10 million to aid an estimated 4,000-6,000 students.

A new study reveals the depth of Oregon’s graduation-rate crisis.

Dan Jamison, vice president of the Chalkboard Project, an Oregon education advocacy group, said claims that other states play fast and loose with the numbers are simply not true.

He and his group were a driving force behind a national graduation rate study, “Sealing the Cracks: Using Graduation Data, Policy, and Practice to Keep All Kids on Track.” It was released Friday by the Data Quality Campaign, a national group that advocates collecting lots of highly accurate information about U.S. students and schools.

Authors of the study looked in great detail at the way nine states, including Oregon, count who starts high school, who graduates, who drops out and who can be written off as no longer a school’s responsibility to educate.


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