Oregon Department of Education

Regional Promise Grant

The Regional Promise Grant of 2015-2017 is intended for the development and/or expansion of consortia of educational service districts, school districts and post-secondary institutions building collaborative, innovative, and flexible ways to foster a college-going culture across the region and to create additional opportunities for high school students to participate and earn credit in college-level courses. Each consortium will plan to serve either at least 10,000 students or 50% or more of 5th -12th grade students in school districts participating in the grant and must include:
  • At least one Oregon public post-secondary institution
  • At least three school districts;
  • At least one education service district.
A strategic investment of $3 million was designated by the legislature for the Regional Promise Grant. The Department may award five to seven grants. Each grant will total between $250,000-$700,000.

Five Regional Promise Grants Awarded for 2015 - 2017 Biennium

The Oregon Department of Education has awarded Regional Promise Grants to 5 consortia. The grants leverage K-12 and higher education collaboration to design learning communities that align student expectations from high school through college, to guide and prepare students for post-secondary training and educational opportunities, and to create effective accelerated learning models in communities around the state.

Awards were granted to collaborations from the East County Area near Mount Hood, Northwest Region, Mid-Willamette Valley, High Desert Region, and the Southern Oregon area.

The grants were designed to build on the work done during the previous biennium by the Eastern Promise consortium and other regional Promise sites. These consortia have significantly increased the number of high school students earning college credits while in high school and supported activities that help students explore and plan their personal education path tied to their career interests and goals.

The caliber of the proposals was impressive and each of the regions awarded funds will design and deliver individualized, innovative, and flexible ways of delivering content, prepare students for careers and college, and provide ongoing support for high school teachers and college faculty to collaborate.

Selected recipients include:

Mid-Willamette Valley Consortium - $$585,659 - Purpose and Scope PDF
    Oregon Institute of Technology
    Western Oregon University
    Corban University
    Willamette Education Service District
    21 School Districts
    Complete Proposal/Application PDF

East County Pathways to College Success Consortium - $573,709 - Purpose and Scope PDF

Cascades Commitment Consortium - $569,314 - Purpose and Scope PDF
    Oregon State University- Cascades Campus
    Central Oregon Community College
    High Desert Education Service District
    6 School Districts
    Complete Proposal/Application PDF

Northwest Promise - $585,659 - Purpose and Scope PDF
    Northwest Regional ESD
    Portland State University
    Portland Community College
    Clatsop Community College
    Tillamook Bay Community College
    20 School Districts
    Complete Proposal/Application PDF

Southern Oregon Promise - $585,659 - Purpose and Scope PDF
    Southern Oregon ESD
    Lake ESD
    Oregon Institute of Technology
    Southern Oregon University
    Klamath Community College
    Rogue Community College
    14 School Districts
    Complete Proposal/Application PDF

Regional Promise Grant Application Materials and Process 2015-2017

  • Jennell Ives Email    (503) 947-5777
    Standards and Instructional Support - Education Program Specialist