The end of August marked the end of the term of service for Oregon Campus Compact’s (ORCC) 2012-2013 full-time AmeriCorps teams. Throughout the year, 22 AmeriCorps Retention Project and VISTAs worked with 14 colleges, universities, and community partners to develop mentoring programs for at-risk students, and to increase the capacity of campuses and communities to fight poverty.
Their success is measured not only by what they accomplished on campuses, but also by their individual and collective spirit of service. ORCC is honored to have worked with the members and excited to see how they impact communities in their future pursuits. We look forward to staying in touch and thank everyone for their service and commitment.
In one year, the AmeriCorps Retention Project and VISTA teams:
A year with the team in photos
Thirty-two students from eight Oregon colleges and universities spent a week learning and developing their leadership skills and capacity to be “leaders with integrity” through Oregon Campus Compact’s LeaderShape Institute.
The nationally acclaimed event was Oregon’s first statewide LeaderShape and an opportunity that convened Oregon student leaders to do something extraordinary.
The first LeaderShape cohort explored their values and developed an action plan to create positive change in their communities. Throughout the week, students shared their visions for the future and their motivations to make a lasting impact on campus and in their community. One participant said,
Having the opportunity to collaborate and cultivate such supportive and deep connections with other students throughout Oregon has been an empowering experience. I know now I have an uplifting community of student leaders that can and will help me in their own individual ways to achieve my dreams and desires for the residents of Oregon and possibly in the future, the Northwest.”
ORCC’s LeaderShape Institute was a dynamic, challenging, and exciting weeklong event that produced a breakthrough in the leadership capacity of students. The August event marked the beginning of many great things students will this year.
I can’t contain my excitement for my next year at Portland State University. I know I will be able to apply what I have learned and cultivated through LeaderShape with my future interactions with students, staff and faculty and through my community engagement. Though, it won’t stop here, I will continue to redefine my core values and apply them while living and leading with integrity.” – 2013 ORCC LeaderShape participant
ORCC is committed to foster the next generation of thoughtful, educated, committed leaders, and to prepare them to solve Oregon’s most complex problems. ORCC supports this vision by connecting students to their communities and by deepening their understanding of social justice issues. The LeaderShape Institute is a program of ORCC that drives smart, young people with fresh ideas to lead with integrity and find a healthy disregard for the impossible.
SCHOOLS That PARTICIPATED
Linfield College, Pacific University, Portland Community College, Portland State University, Reed College, Umpqua Community College, University of Portland, and Willamette University
Oregon Campus Compact (ORCC) welcomes back the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) as a campus member. Previously a member in 2002, NCNM has renewed its membership to join ORCC’s shared commitment to strengthening higher impact education and community-engaged learning.
NCNM educates and trains physicians, practitioners, and pre-professionals in the art, science, and research of natural medicine. NCNM’s two mottoes, “We are community” and “We are what’s next,” are embraced by students, faculty, and staff alike. The informal slogans reflect both NCNM’s dedication to inclusion and belief in the future of natural medicine. They also demonstrate the school’s commitment to educating students who are intelligent, motivated, and skilled to make the world a better place. By developing caring and knowledgeable practitioners, NCNM students are contributing to the health and well-being of patients, and improving the primary care landscape in America.
To strengthen this work, NCNM is taking advantage of the ORCC membership benefit to host an ORCC AmeriCorps VISTA member. In September, NCNM will welcome ORCC AmeriCorps VISTA, Hannah Foreman, who will work to develop a sustainable volunteer internship program for NCNM’s community clinics, which will provide health care at affordable rates to some of the region’s most vulnerable populations.
Through the volunteer internship program, interns will be recruited and trained to welcome clients to the clinics, as well as to provide front line resources and referrals to local health programs to help patients who suffer from poverty and poor health. Hannah will create partnerships with allied health programs and implement a training and assessment agenda for student interns.
ORCC is excited to start the school year with NCNM, along with ORCC’s membership of 18 colleges and universities that are committed to deepening the public purpose of higher education. Research has shown students who volunteer have higher GPAs, are more likely to graduate, and are more likely to stay engaged in their community after graduation. In partnership with NCNM, ORCC is building community-engaged learning and service to help bring coursework to life and engage students with the needs of their communities.
Connect2Complete Aims to Increase Oregon’s Community College Graduation Rates
Portland, Oregon (July 9, 2013)- Oregon Campus Compact (ORCC) announces a new program, Connect2Complete, focused on improving graduation rates for Oregon community college students through community-engaged learning and service. Funding from the Oregon Commission on Voluntary Action & Service and the Corporation for National and Community Service will place 120 AmeriCorps members, who will each serve 300 hours of service, on eight community college campuses across Oregon.
Connect2Complete is a replication of a national Campus Compact program currently operating on nine community college campuses in Florida, Ohio, and Washington states and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Connect2Complete helps students in developmental education complete their required coursework more quickly, reach their educational goals, and ultimately, graduate with a certificate or degree.
Developmental education is for any student who has earned a GED or high school diploma but is assessed, through a standardized test, as not being ready for college level work. Nationally, only 17% of students who are assessed as needing at least one developmental education class will ever complete a certificate or degree.
This is important for Oregon because the state has set ambitious goals to improve graduation rates. Portland Community College, like other community colleges around the nation, has a high percentage of first-time-in-college credit students testing into developmental education. At Chemeketa Community College in Salem, school officials estimate close to two-thirds of the entire student population are assessed as needing at least one developmental education class.
ORCC, one of 34 state affiliates of national Campus Compact, represents 18 colleges and universities in Oregon committed to deepening the public purpose of higher education. Research has shown students who volunteer have higher GPAs, are more likely to graduate, and are more likely to stay engaged in their community after graduation. Connect2Complete will build community-engaged learning and service into developmental education classes, which will help bring coursework to life and engage students with different learning styles.
Additionally, the students serving as the 120 AmeriCorps members will be current community college students and will receive a $1,000 Eli Segal AmeriCorps Education Award from the Corporation for National and Community Service that they can use to pay for tuition or qualified student loans.
Dr. Jessica Howard, President of Portland Community College Southeast Campus and new member of Oregon Campus Compact’s board said, “PCC is interested in the Connect2Compete opportunity and model. It appears to be a win-win-win for everyone involved. Students, both those in the classes and those serving as AmeriCorps members, stand to benefit; the community will benefit from the service of those students; and when graduation rates increase not only will the college benefit from increased revenue but the entire State will benefit from graduates with higher earning potential and a stronger inclination to be of service to their communities.”
Community colleges can learn more about Connect2Complete here. Proposals are due August 16th and grant awards will be announced August 30th.
ORCC’s Executive Director, Josh Todd said, “We are excited to partner with community colleges to improve the educational outcomes for some of the students with the most significant barriers to graduation. Oregon Campus Compact, through the program evaluation of Connect2Complete, is also committed to showing that community-engaged learning isn’t just the “right” thing to do but the “smart” thing to do. This pedagogy is a cost-effective way to improve the outcomes and impact of higher education in Oregon.”
For more information on Connect2Complete contact Josh Todd at email@example.com or 503-406-3575.
All decisions are contingent on final approval from the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Portland, Oregon (July 1, 2013)- Oregon Campus Compact (ORCC) announces effective on July 1, 2013 that Josh Todd will serve as its sixth Executive Director since forming in 1996. Todd has served as Interim Executive Director since January 2013.
ORCC, one of 35 state affiliates of national Campus Compact, represents 18 colleges and universities in Oregon committed to deepening the public purpose of higher education. Nationally, over 1,200 college and university presidents are members of Campus Compact, serving close to 6 million students. Motivated by the belief that students have the power to change the world, ORCC drives higher education to increase student participation in civic life as a means to improve not only their educational outcomes but also the health of their communities.
Todd has served Multnomah County for over 11 years, most recently as the Director of the Multnomah County Commission on Children, Families & Community, and before that, as the County’s Youth Development Coordinator where he was instrumental in building the effectiveness of the Multnomah Youth Commission. Todd served in AmeriCorps with the Bay Area Youth Agency Consortium from 1997-1998. Todd’s career has focused on building the capacity of systems and individuals to address pressing social problems from violence, overrepresentation in the foster care system, and high rates of hunger in Oregon.
As the only statewide organization working with private, public, four-year, and two-year institutions, I believe ORCC is well-positioned to help higher education attract, retain, and graduate more students, especially students of color and first generation students by expanding community-engaged learning experiences on every member campus,“ said Todd.
ORCC Board Chair and President of Concordia University, Dr. Charles Schlimpert said of the board’s decision,
Mr. Todd came to Oregon Campus Compact at just the right time. The Board of Directors unanimously endorsed his appointment following a brief stint as Interim Executive Director. His experience in creating community service opportunities is a perfect match for the Compact.”
Since becoming Interim Director on January 27, Todd has convened ORCC’s first presidential dinner in over ten years, the agency’s first-ever fundraiser (bringing in over $12,000.00 and 75 new donors), and recruited one new member campus and one new college president to the ORCC board.
Todd will focus his efforts on increasing ORCC’s donor base (the organization incorporated as a
501(c)(3) two years ago) and strengthening the value proposition for colleges and university to maintain and join membership. Todd said,
ORCC campus members currently serve 75% of Oregon’s undergraduate population but I believe we can and must do better. The positive impacts of community-engaged teaching and learning should be available to every student and community in Oregon. That is my goal.”
A welcome reception is scheduled for Thursday, July 25 from 5:00-7:45pm at Helium Comedy Club (1510 SE 9th Ave) with entertainment by Adam Ferrara starting at 8:00pm. A portion of the proceeds will benefit ORCC. To learn more about ORCC or to donate contact Josh Todd, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-406-3575, or visit www.oregoncampuscompact.org.
Portland, Oregon — Nine Oregon colleges have been named on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Eight of these schools are members of Oregon Campus Compact (ORCC).
ORCC is proud to celebrate the role these schools play in helping to solve Oregon’s most complex problems. Together, campuses and communities are working to move Oregon toward a more vibrant, educated, and healthy state.
Oregon’s colleges are skilled at inspiring and empowering students to serve the community. According to the report, Volunteering and Civic Life in America, Oregon ranks eighth in the country for college student volunteerism.
“Communities are strengthened when we all come together, and we are encouraged that these institutions and their students have made service a priority,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “Civic engagement should be a key component of every student’s education experience. Through reaching out to meet the needs of their neighbors, these students are deepening their impact, strengthening our democracy and ultimately preparing themselves to be successful citizens.”
ORCC is a state affiliate of Campus Compact, a national coalition of almost 1,200 college and university presidents. Seventy-two percent of the institutions recognized on the Honor Roll are Campus Compact members. These schools represent more than 6 million students who are committed to fulfilling the public purposes of higher education.
“The recognition of such a high percentage of our members by such an elite distinction validates that our mission of deepening civic engagement is absolutely the right path for us to be taking. It re-energizes us to do even more and we congratulate our members receiving this distinction,” said Campus Compact President Maureen Curley.”
For the full list of Honor Roll awardees and information on eligibility, visit www.nationalservice.gov.
ORCC is motivated by the belief that students have the power to change the world. Together with campuses, ORCC activates higher education to place more students on a lifelong path of civic participation. As the only statewide organization working with private, public, four-year, and two-year institutions, ORCC embraces its unique position to ensure every Oregon student graduates as an engaged, global citizen. To learn more, visit www.oregoncampuscompact.org.
Two weeks ago, Josh Todd joined the ORCC team as Interim Executive Director. To get to know him a litte better, we sat down to learn about his background, what he's excited about, and his vision for ORCC.
Tell us about yourself.
I have spent my professional career working to bring the passion, wisdom, and innovative solutions of community members into local government. I am a father of two, a marathon runner, and I love exploring local food and music.
What motivates you to the work of Oregon Campus Compact?
So many pressing issues face the communities of Oregon. I am excited to help bring those communities together with campuses and students to create a healthier, more prosperous, and equitable Oregon.
What’s your role as Interim Executive Director?
ORCC is positioned to deepen its impact throughout the state by using the power of students and their service, along with the knowledge and resources of our colleges and universities, to address some of our most pressing issues as a state.
My role as Interim Director is to help map the strategic opportunities for impact moving forward and to make recommendations to our board for ORCC's next phase of growth, and the skills and abilities the permanent Executive Director will need to take us there.
What will you accomplish as Interim Executive Director?
I am most looking forward to talking with our board, staff, member campuses, and students about our next phase of growth. I hope to develop a provocative, compelling vision for how ORCC can grow its membership, deepen its social impact, and enhance the educational experience of Oregon students.
What are the top five things you’re looking forward to?
I am scheduling coffee, breakfast, and lunch with partners over the new few months and will be traveling with our dynamic duo, VISTA Program and Retention Project Coordinator Signe Bishop and AmeriCorps VISTA Leader Caryn Nelson, on visits to as many campuses as I can.
Since starting at ORCC, what have you learned about the organization that you think would surprise people?
Our member Portland Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the state with over 90,000 students!
Is there anything that hasn’t been asked that you’d like to share?
My phone number and email so all our partners can reach out to me whenever they want: 503-406-3575, email@example.com.