In the News: Community Colleges Audit

A recently released audit by the Secretary of State Oregon Audits Division caught the attention of legislators and the general public. The audit (read the executive summary and the full report) showed that, while Oregon’s community college completion rate was lower than it needed to be to meet Oregon’s 40-40-20 initiative by 2025, the use of targeted investments could help put the state back on track for reaching that goal.

Read the Oregonian and Statesman Journal articles here.

In addition to sparking a discussion around Oregon’s community college completion rate (as well as high school and four year college completion rates), the audit has been referenced by community college leaders and legislators in regard to SB 81, a bill that would provide a tuition waiver to community college students that meet certain eligibility requirements.

Keep tuning in for further updates on the impacts of our audits on Oregon governance.

New Audit Release Performance Audit

Community Colleges: Targeted Investments Could Improve Student Completion Rates

Community Colleges: Targeted Investments Could Improve Student Completion Rates

  • Only 24% of the Oregon community college students completed an associate’s degree or certificate, putting Oregon’s education and workforce goals in jeopardy.
  • Community colleges have introduced sound practices to improve student success, but they reach less than one-quarter of the students in need.
  • Coordination, support and analytic capacity are needed to improve student success and to assess proposed changes, such as outcome-based funding.