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Blue Mountain Community College
Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC) made an institution-wide commitment to student success in 2003. Since then the college has developed a number of student success-oriented programs that enhance student support services and instructional interventions.
Still, BMCC has struggled in building its institutional research capacity. By participating in Achieving the Dream, BMCC will utilize the expertise of the coaches and data coaches to:
- Enhance the college’s current institutional research infrastructure
- Analyze student data to determine the primary challenges faced by students and to improve instructional quality
- Use data to inform decisions regarding support programs and policies
- Decrease data-processing time, ensuring that the most up-to-date information is used whenever possible
In addition to the institutional level commitment to student success, the state of Oregon has passed legislation outlining an ambitious goal for 40% of Oregon residents to earn associate’s degrees or certificates by 2025. This plan reflects the state’s and BMCC’s commitment to acting intentionally within a culture of measuring, learning, and adapting to improve student success.
Located in rural northeastern Oregon, Blue Mountain Community College serves six counties in addition to the Umatilla Indian Reservation, covering an area of more than 18,000 square miles. BMCCs mission is to offer high-quality programs for college preparation, college transfer, career technical education, workforce development, and self-improvement that will strengthen the economy and provide opportunities for personal and professional growth. The college was founded in 1962.
In fall 2010, more than 10,660 students were enrolled at BMCC, 3,300 of whom were seeking certificates and degrees. The student body is 51% female and 49% male, and the average age of all students is 35. Minority populations constitute nearly 23% of the student body. In 2010, BMCC awarded more than $12.2 million in financial aid to more than 1,900 students.
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