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Programs - Pre-college

The Oregon University System coordinates and collaborates on numerous pre-college programs and opportunities for K-12 students to help students prepare for post-secondary education. In addition to system-wide programs listed below, each campus has strong precollege programs and partnerships serving K-12 institutions throughout the state. Also, the The Oregon Student Acccess Commission (OSAC) administers other college outreach activities and programs such as the ASPIRE Program, College Goal Oregon, and more.   

  • High School Dual Credit: Students can explore campus websites for high school student opportunities, including dual credit coursework offered at Oregon’s public universities and Oregon’s community colleges. Dual credit is defined as awarding secondary and postsecondary credit for a course offered in a high school during regular school hours, as determined by local school board and community college/university board policy. For college staff and educators seeking more information on dual credit, please see the link below to a planning guide. 
  • International Baccaulaureate (IB) and Adstudents at Eastern Oregon Universityvanced Placement (AP) coursework earned in high school can help students get a head start on college credit. The OUS and K-12 systems have developed policies related to IB and AP coursework. and each year, the Statewide AP/IB Working Group reviews these Policies in light of curricular changes.  For more information, contact Karen_Marorongelle@ous.edu.
    • Advanced Placement Course Credit Policy 2013-14, approved, 2012 The College Board develops copyrighted materials and examinations for AP courses. In Oregon: 37 AP courses are offered in 20 disciplines in 286 high schools. Typically a score of 3 or higher (out of 5) is considered satisfactory.
    • International Baccalaureate Course Credit Policy 2013-14, approved, 2010 The IB Organization authorizes schools to offer an IB program. The IB Organization oversees the curricula and produces examinations for the IB courses.  In Oregon, 19 high schools offer an IB Diploma. The courses (and, hence, exams) are separated into a Standard Level and a High Level. Typically a score of 5 or higher (out of 7) is considered satisfactory.
  • Oregon GEAR UP: Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (main website), GEAR UP OUS department page. Oregon GEAR UP is a collaborative program supported by a federal GEAR UP grant and community partners, including The Ford Family Foundation, that works with school districts, colleges and universities, and partner organizations across Oregon to increase the number of low-income Oregon students who pursue and succeed in post-secondary education. High expectations for all students are at the center of the GEAR UP program. The program supports middle and high schools in their efforts to create a culture of high academic expectations, promote early awareness of college opportunities, and engage students in college and career planning activities. The program focuses on five areas to help increase college-going behaviors: rigor, relevance, the right classes, relationships, and the reality of affordability.
  • Oregon College Access Challenge Grant Program (CACG):The CACG is a statewide college access initiative supported by the U.S. Department of Education and coordinated by a multi-agency team including all postsecondary education sectors in the state. The State of Oregon has been awarded three CACG grants. The 2008 grant supported initiatives to increase the educational attainment of adult learners and other prospective students, including an informational website, www.OregonOpportunities.gov. In 2010, the State received a second one-year CACG grant which provides funds to expand Oregon K-12 programs that increase the number of pre-college aged students prepared to succeed college, including the ASPIRE program and others. In 2011, the State again received a one year grant to continue sub-grant support of pre-college programs and to increase professional development opportunities for college access practitioners. For more information on the current grant, contact Adrienne_Enriquez@ous.edu.
  • GET REAL: Explore Engineering and Computer Science students at Oregon Institute of TechnologyCampaign: The GET REAL website is part of a collaborative outreach effort of Oregon University System (OUS), Oregon high school teachers, and many of Oregon’s top industries, to provide college and career information about the fields of engineering and computer science to high school juniors and seniors.  
  • Oregon Pre-Engineering and Applied Sciences Initiative (OPAS): OPAS is a collaboration of industry, non-profit, and public educators and leaders working to help achieve the Engineering and Technology Industry Council’s goal of increasing the number and diversity of Oregon students pursuing engineering and similar fields at colleges and universities.  OPAS develops and implements strategies that expand formal and informal educational opportunities in pre-engineering, computer science, and other applied sciences for students in middle and high school.
  • Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Programs (ORTOP): Administered by OUS, ORTOP is a volunteer-led team robotics program that implements the Jr. FIRST LEGO League, FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge programs for students in kindergarten through high school. All three programs are based on national and international programs offered by FIRST.  Students experience the challenges and rewards of technical teamwork and gain insights into possible careers in engineering, computer science, and other technical areas.  Students build and program robots, prepare research presentations, and compete in local and state tournaments.