TUALATIN, OR – The Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities of Oregon announced on Tuesday that its enrollment at its 13 institutions had increased slightly over the past year, even as enrollment at public colleges and universities in the State had declined.
The Alliance, which includes private, not-for-profit, and independent colleges such as the University of Portland, Multnomah University, and Lewis and Clark College, saw a 1% increase in enrollment from fall 2020 through fall 2021, according to the organization.
Meanwhile, the most recent data of the Salem-based Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) reported a 0.4% drop in enrollment at Oregon community colleges and a 0.5% drop in enrollment at public universities in Oregon. the state during the same period.
“It is clear that students continue to view Alliance member colleges and universities as a tremendous value and gateway to securing a better future,” said Brent Wilder, Alliance president. “In an ever-changing world, our member institutions prepare the next generation of leaders to recognize and solve problems, communicate ideas and solutions convincingly, learn new skills, and adapt quickly to change. throughout their life “
“Our members work diligently to help students reduce debt, graduate on time, and prepare for a life of meaningful contributions while making a significant impact on Oregon’s economy, which was 1 , $ 58 billion in 2018-2019. “
Important Alliance statistics include:
- The total number of registrations in Alliance establishments is 26,331 students.
- 49% of transfer students have attended an Oregon community college in the past.
- 16.7% of students are first generation.
- Alliance institutions are enrolling a higher number of diverse students than Oregon demographics from the 2020 Census.
- 10.4 percent of the Alliance’s overall student body are of Asian descent, compared with 4.6 percent of the Oregon population.
- 3.7 percent of the Alliance’s student body are African American, compared to 2.0 percent of Oregon’s overall population.
- 14 percent of the Alliance student body are Hispanic / Latinx, compared to 13.9 percent of the overall Oregon population.
- The percentage of undergraduate, full-time, degree-seeking and Pell-eligible students is 25.4%.
- Oregon students represent 45 percent of enrolled learners, a 1.1 percent increase from last year.
In touting its growth, the Alliance also highlighted the measures it has taken to minimize the transmission of COVID-19 in its establishments.
“We are satisfied with our high levels of immunization, the willingness of students to engage in COVID-19 safety measures and the low case rate at our 13 member colleges and universities,” the Alliance said in a statement. communicated. “Our members have a variety of systems and plans in place to deal with potential roadblocks or the outbreak of the virus, including: requiring masks / face covers in all interior spaces, cleaning protocols developed from guidelines from the CDC, campus-wide disinfection stations, COVID-19 surveillance tests, and proof of vaccination for sporting events.