DPP for Educators
Degree Partnership Programs
Oregon State University participates in the Degree Partnership Program with all of Oregon’s community colleges and, currently, four Hawaii community colleges. The program allows students to enroll at both OSU and a community college at the same time.
The Degree Partnership Program (DPP) promotes educational attainment and bachelor's degree completion by allowing students to be jointly admitted and concurrently enrolled at Oregon State University and Oregon community colleges. Previously referred to as the "Dual Enrollment Program", the DPP was established in 1998 by Oregon State University and Linn-Benton Community College and now includes 15 other Oregon community colleges. Students complete a single admission application and may combine credits for financial aid eligibility. They gain flexibility in completing a degree with access to more classes through the community college, on-site at OSU, and with online courses offered though the OSU Extended Campus.
The program is open to all U.S. citizens and residents pursuing their bachelor's degree. Many students in the program also earn an associate's degree.
Linn-Benton Community College and Portland Community College degree partnerships also include international students.
The goals of this partnership are to:
- Improve student access, success, and baccalaureate degree completion.
- Expand student options for college-level services and curriculum.
- Improve academic program articulation.
- Facilitate university/community college dual enrollment.
Since DPP began in 1998 to the end of winter term 2011:
- OSU and its first and largest partner, Linn-Benton Community College, have enrolled 10,344 students, with 4,282 completing OSU degrees (BA or BS or BFA or HBS or HBA).
- OSU and all its community college partners have enrolled 12,073 students, with 4,875 completing an OSU undergraduate degree.
Advantages for Students
- One application process and fee for admission to both institutions
- Financial aid administered by one campus
- Academic advising available on both campuses
- Tuition savings for students
- Greater access to more classes and flexibility in scheduling (Note: Graduate students are not eligible for DPP.)
- Student services and college life on both campuses
- Access to library and computer resources on both campuses
- Easier transition from community college to university
- Improved academic program articulation and course transfer
OSU and its DPP Partners Have the Following Requirements:
- A Memo of Understanding (MOU) and Financial Aid Consortium Agreement to facilitate the exchange of student information.
- Use of Oregon Financial Aid Exchange (OFAX or HFAX in Hawaii) for reporting student enrollment at both institutions for financial aid eligibility.
- Use of electronic data interchange (EDI) for sending transcripts to OSU.
- Whichever partner serves as the financial aid “home school” must use the National Student Clearinghouse for monthly enrollment reporting.
- OSU maintains a link for each community college partner in its online admissions form.
- Community college partners maintain DPP information on their websites and a link to the OSU DPP home page.
Oregon State University and Linn Benton Community College started the initial dual-enrollment agreement in fall 1998. Since then, participation in the programs among all Oregon community colleges and has grown dramatically as more agreements are put into place and more students participate in them.
DPP Across Oregon
Oregon University System institutions collectively offer over 50 partnerships with community colleges, as well as similar agreements among its own institutions and with Oregon Health and Science University. Click here for a list of current Degree Partnership Programs among OUS institutions.
Did you know?
- All freshmen students in OSU’s College of Forestry are enrolled in DPP. They may choose courses from either LBCC, Chemeketa, or Lane Community College. Approximately 39% of OSU College of Forestry students take courses at LBCC.
- Many OSU Ecampus students enroll in DPP in order to complete required laboratory courses.
- DPP enrollment of students taking at least 1 credit or more at LBCC increased 13% from fall 2009.
- 4,835 OSU students were enrolled in DPP winter term 2011.
- LBCC has over two dozen associate of science degrees that contain many of the baccalaureate core courses and lower-division transfer courses required by OSU degrees.
- Approximately 40% of students earning a bachelor’s degree from OUS institutions transferred from an Oregon community college.
- DPP students graduate from OSU with an average of 19 fewer credits than other transfer students. This represents a significant reduction in the cost of a college four-year degree.