About College Application Week

40-40-20Oregon's College Application Week (CAW) initiative is one practical way in which schools, community based organizations, and Oregonians can help reach the State's "40-40-20 goal." In 2011, the Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill 253, which sets forth the ambitious goal that by 2025, 40% of adult Oregonians will have earned a bachelor's degree or higher, 40% will have earned an associate's degree or other postsecondary credential, and the remaining 20% will hold a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Applying to college is a critical step in attending and earning a credential. CAW opens the door for students by encouraging them to take that significant step toward college in their senior year. It is particularly important for students who would be first in their families to attend college and students who have not yet seriously considered going to college. Application to nearby, open-admissions colleges – and even more distant and more selective institutions – gives students the confidence and encouragement that college is possible.



Since 2012, Oregon has partnered with The American Council on Education (ACE) to participate in the American College Application Campaign (ACAC).

The ACAC grew from just one North Carolina high school in 2005 to more than 1,500 schools in 24 states and the District of Columbia the year that Oregon joined the effort. The number of states participating continues to grow each year, just as the number of sites throughout Oregon continues to increase. (In the map to the right, courtesy of ACE and current as of July 2014, the maroon shading indicates states that participated in 2013, while the yellow signifiies states committed to joining in 2014.)

From the beginning, Oregon has recognized that students receive help for the college search and application process both in their high schools and from community based organizations. As such, CAW sites include both traditional and alternative high schools, as well as community based organizations whose primary mission is to serve school-aged youth. In the first year, 5 high schools and 2 organizations hosted College Application Week events in early December. Nearly 400 students participated, submitting more than 550 applications to colleges and universities throughout the United States. Read more about the successful pilot.

In its second year, Oregon College Application Week quadrupled the number of sites around the state, and served three times the number of students.

In 2014, the program expanded even further to serve over 4,000 students at 86 sites across the state.

Oregon College Application Week is an initiative of Oregon GEAR UP, in partnership with the American Council on Education's American College Application Campaign.



Steering Committee

The Steering Committee exists to provide direction in the growth and development of Oregon’s College Application Week initiative. Members include representatives from the three sectors of higher education within with the state: public community colleges, public universities, and independent colleges and universities, as well as from host sites and the state’s official mentoring program. In addition to the professional affiliations listed, steering committee members are also associated with a variety of access and college admissions-related professional organizations, including the Oregon College Access Network, Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling, and Oregon Association of Registrars and Admissions Officers.

Name Institution/Organization Title
Robin Beavers Portland State University Assistant Director for Diversity Recruitment
Bettina Burns Rogue Community College Academic Advisor
Stephanie Carnahan Oregon GEAR UP Director
Ashley Edwards Oregon GEAR UP  Programs Assistant
Adrienne Enríquez Oregon GEAR UP Transitions Specialist
John Hamblin Mt. Hood Community College Manager of Admissions, Registration, and Records
Tamara Henderson NAYA Family Center ECA Coordinator of Counseling & Collaborations
Jennell Ives Oregon Department of Education Education Program Specialist
Crystal Jennings Chiloquin High School Learning Coordinator
Erica Johnson Lewis & Clark College Director of Admissions
Dennis Misner North Valley High School Principal
Cheryl O'Connor University of Oregon Admissions Counselor
Jane Reynolds Oregon State University – Cascades Director, Enrollment Services
Tom Simpson The Standard Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs
Susie Snelling Oregon GEAR UP School Liaison
Jim Sumner Willamette University Emeritus Dean of University Admissions
Kristin Vreeland Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion Program Developer, ASPIRE Administration Team
Kellye Wise Roseburg Forest Products Vice President, Human Resources and Labor Relations