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Columbia Gorge Community College
Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) has made a substantial commitment to increasing student success, and is in the process of building a strong culture of evidence throughout the institution. Already the college has implemented an initiative to evaluate instructional and non-instructional departments, using the resulting data for continuous improvement.
To further increase student success, CGCC will use the knowledge of Achieving the Dream coaches and data coaches to:
- Build evaluation techniques to measure impacts of newly implemented programs and policies
- Use data to further inform planning decisions aimed at increasing student success
- Examine success/retention of discrete populations of students to ensure equity for all students
In addition to institutional-level commitments to student success, the State of Oregon approved legislation outlining an ambitious goal for 40 percent of Oregon residents to earn associates degrees or certificates by 2025. This plan reflects the state’s and CGCC's commitment to acting intentionally within a culture of measuring, learning and adapting to improve student success. CGCC is focusing on first-year experiences as well as commitment for student success.
Established in 1977 as the Wasco Area Education Service District, CGCC serves more than 5,000 students in the Mid-Columbia region of Oregon and Washington. CGCC’s goal is to offer lifelong educational programs to all members of the community, helping these individuals build and realize their dreams while transforming lives in the process.
Of approximately 5,000 students CGCC served in 2010-2011, the full-time equivalency was 1,262, a record level for the second year in a row. The average age of all students was 36; more than 18% resided in Washington State.
CGCC is in its final year of work toward independent accreditation (the institution currently is accredited under the umbrella of Portland Community College).
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