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5/15/2014 12:38:00 PM
Chief Education Officer Announces Eastern Promise Replication Grant Recipients
(Salem, OR April 9, 2014)- Nancy Golden announced that the Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB), along with the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), awarded five grants ranging from $250,000-$500,000 designed to replicate effective accelerated learning models, leverage system-wide collaboration, and foster a college-going culture in communities around the state.

Awards were granted to collaborations from the Eugene Metro Area, Portland Metro Area, Mid-Willamette Valley, High Desert Region, and the Southern Oregon area.

The grants were designed to replicate the existing Eastern Promise consortium which has significantly increased the number of high school students earning 9+ college credits and is building a strong college-going culture in Eastern Oregon. The partnership includes Eastern Oregon University, Blue Mountain Community College, Intermountain ESD, and 33 school districts.

“The Eastern Promise has led the way for Oregon in developing innovative accelerated learning models.” Chief Education Officer Nancy Golden said. “They have broken down critical barriers in our education system and it’s paying off for students. This investment in replication is a powerful step forward towards 40/40/20 and the closing of the achievement gap.”

In 2013, the OEIB recommended to the legislature an investment in the replication of the Eastern Promise model to qualified partnerships in other regions of the state. The Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Eastern Promise expansion was released in January. Each of the successful applicants developed a proposal with a partnership of at least one school district, at least one education service district, one community college, and one public or private post-secondary institution. Each proposal had to serve 10,000 + students. While it was not a requirement of the grant, each of the successful partnerships are also participants in the OEIB’s Regional Achievement Collaborative (RAC) pilot project.

“We were very impressed with the caliber of proposals received and know that the selected groups will continue to build on Eastern Promise success while finding additional opportunities to put students on the path to college & career,” said Golden.

Each region will design and deliver individualized, innovative, and flexible ways of delivering content, awarding high school and college credit, and providing developmental education for students in high school or in the first two years of post-secondary education.

Selected recipients include:

Mid-Willamette Valley Consortium PDF - $500,000
• Oregon Institute of Technology
• Western Oregon University
• Corban University
• Chemeketa Community College
• Willamette Education Service District
• 21 School Districts

Oregon Metro Connects Students to College Consortium PDF - $445,000
• Portland State University
• Portland Community College
• Mt. Hood Community College
• Multnomah Education Service District
• 9 School Districts

Cascades Commitment Consortium PDF - $445,000
• Oregon State University- Cascades Campus
• Central Oregon Community College
• High Desert Education Service District
• 6 School Districts

Connected Lanes PDF - $250,000
• Lane ESD
• University of Oregon
• Lane Community College
• 15 School Districts

Southern Oregon Promise PDF - $250,000
• Southern Oregon ESD
• Lake ESD
• Klamath Community College
• Rogue Community College
• 12 school districts

The Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB) is chaired by Governor John Kitzhaber and was created in 2011 to oversee an effort to build a seamless, unified system for investing in and delivering public education from birth to college & career. OEIB is dedicated to building a student-centric system that links all segments of the educational experience together to ensure each student is poised for a promising future.
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Contact(s) for this Announcement
  • Blake Dye Email    (503) 947-5695
    Government & Legal Affairs - Operations Policy Analyst
  • Kim Patterson Email    (503) 947-5713
    Common Core/College and Career Readiness - Director
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