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Academic Standards and Collaborations

Academic Standards and Collaborations, within Academic Strategies, provides assistance to the Board and Chancellor's office divisions, and works collaboratively with campuses and external groups on broad-based activities relating to initiatives that connect Oregon's PK-20 education enterprise and the inclusion of Oregonians throughout the educational pipeline.  The primary focus is the development of academic policies and processes to promote successful transitions of students from high school and community college into OUS institutions, enhance campus teaching/learning environments, support successful faculty endeavors, and ensure high quality student learning leading to student success.

Academic Policies and Processes:  

 The staff of Academic Standards and Collaborations work closely with the OUS Provosts’ Council, the  OUS Board’s Academic Strategies Committee, the Joint Boards of Education and its Unified Education Enterprise, and K-12 leadership on the planning and development of academic programs, policies, and processes to enhance learning and promote the successful transition and graduation of students. Recent work includes:

Learning Outcomes & Assessment:

The Academic Strategies Department coordinates the Learning Outcomes and Assessment Working Group, the Provost’s appointed representatives to advance student learning and the effective use of meaningful assessment across the Oregon University System. For more information, see LO&A . Teacher Education : The Academic Strategies department develops and coordinates policy directives related to the preparation of Oregon teachers through the public universities in collaboration with Oregon School Districts and the Oregon Department of Education. For more information, see Teacher Education ProgramsTeacher Education Policy Initiatives

Common Core:

Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English-Language Arts and for Mathematics have been adopted by the Oregon Department of Education. OUS’s Academic Strategies Department is working with ODE and CCWD to raise awareness of the CCSS among higher education stakeholders in Oregon and to engage Oregon higher education faculty in the transition to the CCSS. For more information, see Common Core .

Diversity and Student Success: 

The Academic Strategies department supports community relations and diversity efforts designed to support the success of all Oregon students in an increasingly diverse society. For more information on OUS diversity efforts, see Diversity and Community Engagement and Student Success Initiatives.



Karen Marrongelle, Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Strategies

Lisa Mentz, K-16 Alignment Director

Anna Teske, Academic Policy Analyst