Governor Announces Moon Shot for Equity Education | News Radio 1190 KEX


Governor Announces Moon Shot for Equity Education |  News Radio 1190 KEX

Governor Kate Brown today announced a $1.6 million investment for three Oregon higher education institutions to launch an initiative called “Moon Shot for Equity” that aims to close equity gaps for Eastern Oregon students in two- and four-year colleges and universities by 2030.

The three schools, Eastern Oregon University (EOU), Treasure Valley Community College (TVCC), and Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC), will work together under a comprehensive five-year student-centered strategic plan to identify and remove barriers that prevent access to and obtaining a post-secondary diploma.

“Every student in Oregon, no matter who they are or where they come from, deserves equitable access to higher education. We must invest and innovate to break down the barriers that have kept too many Oregonians from succeeding in the world. higher education,” Governor Brown said. “This initial investment is just the beginning of a program to make lasting and meaningful change this year and in the years to come. Oregon — and the entire state — should be able to attend college and earn a degree.

This initiative is part of the Governor’s work with public universities and community colleges to embrace innovation and focus on working smarter across all sectors of education to support students at every stage of education. The $1.6 million will be funded by funds from the Federal Governor’s Education Emergency Relief Fund (GEER II). GEER funds are reserved for allocations by governors under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplementary Appropriations Act.

Working with proven national experts, EOU, TVCC and BMCC will use research, technology and consulting services focused on change management and equity training. Moon Shot for Equity universities and colleges must also commit to removing systemic barriers to success and working with other schools in their region to establish common academic pathways that facilitate student transfers between institutions. two and four years old.

“This initial investment is an essential first step in launching this five-year initiative,” said Tom Insko, President of the EOU. “Together, I believe we can reshape the future of post-secondary education in Eastern Oregon, which means closing the equity gap and ensuring that all students meet their goals for success by less time and money and pave the way for better career outcomes.”

“Open and equitable access is at the heart of what we strive for here at BMCC”, said J. Mark Browning, President, BMCC. “We are excited about how Moonshot for Equity can help us achieve these goals and deliver even greater success to students.”

“We look forward to strengthening our regional partnerships and identifying ways to improve transfer options so students can seamlessly continue their education in Eastern Oregon,” said TVCC President Dr. Dana M. Young. “Not only will this give us access to resources to enhance student opportunities, but Moonshot for Equity connects us with experts and expertise to ensure our courses and services align to support student success.”

Source: Oregon Governor’s Office

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