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Accreditation Statement

Admissions Policy

Drug Awareness Program

Drug-Free School and Workplace

Educational Records Policy

Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination, Affirmative Action

Freedom From Sexual Discrimination and Harassment

Grievance Procedure

How We Use Your Social Security Number

Privacy Rights of Student Educational Records

Smoking

Solomon Act

Student Records

Student Right to Know

a) Graduation and Transfer Rate

b) Crime Statistics

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Important Links:

Financial Aid

Current Students

Advising


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Columbia Gorge Community College

The Dalles Campus: 400 East Scenic Drive, The Dalles, OR 97058

Hood River Indian Creek Campus: 1730 College Way, Hood River, OR 97031

Student Services: TDC 541 506 6011 Fax: 541 298 3104, HRICC 541 308 8211, Fax: 541 308 8202

Accreditation Statement

Columbia Gorge Community College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is not partial but applies to the institution as a while. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding an institution’s accredited status by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue N.E., Suite 100
Redmond, WA  98052
(425) 558-4224 
www.nwccu.org

Admissions Policy

Applicants 18 years of age or older who can benefit from the instructional programs offered are eligible for admission to Columbia Gorge Community College.

If you are 16 or 17 years of age and have not graduated from high school, you may take an evening or summer class by meeting prerequisite skills or requirements.  You may enroll for other courses if the courses are part of a cooperative program between your high school and the College, or if your high school issues a release form allowing you to be admitted to Columbia Gorge Community College.

Every student in Columbia Gorge Community College will be accorded equal educational opportunites regardless of race, color, age, creed, national origin, marital status, disability, veterans' status or sexual orientation.  In addition, CGCC conforms to the regulations of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1984.

Drug Awareness Program

The Drug Free School and Communities Act and Amendment of 1989 require that colleges provide all students with certain information on illegal and illicit drugs. This law is tied to eligibility for federal financial assistance. Annual notice is given to students of the following:   

1. The dangers of alcohol/drug abuse in the workplace/school.  

2. The district's policy of maintaining an alcohol/drug-free workplace/school.  

3. Information on appropriate, available alcohol/drug counseling or assistance programs . 

4. Notice of the penalties that may be imposed upon employees/students for alcohol/drug abuse violations in the workplace/school. 

Drug-Free School and Workplace

Controlled substance abuse is illegal and interferes with effective teaching and working and the development of a safe and healthy environment for learning. The College recognizes that it has a fundamental, legal, and ethical obligation to prevent controlled substance abuse and to maintain an alcohol and drug-free work and educational environment.  

The College strictly enforces its drug and alcohol policy. It is a violation of that policy for students to possess, consume, be perceptibly under the influence of, or furnish alcoholic beverages, as identified by federal or state law, on college-owned or controlled property or at college or student organization and supervised functions. Violation of the policy may result in expulsion, suspension or disciplinary probation. The complete policy is available in any College office.  

Educational Records Policy

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Statute: 20 U.S.C. 1232g; Regulations: 34CFR Part 99) also known as the Buckley Amendment is a Federal Law which states (a) that a written institutional policy must be established and (b) that a statement of adopted procedures covering the privacy rights of students be made available. The law provides that the institution will maintain the confidentiality of student education records.

The Family Educational rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights regarding their educational records. They are:

  • The right to inspect and review the student's records. The student may request to review his/her records by submitting a written request to the Student Services Office or other school official having custody of such records;
  • The right to seek amendment of the student's records that the student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy rights. Requests for amendment of records must be in writing and must describe the specific portions or specific record(s) the student wishes to have amended, instructions as to the change desired, and reasons why the change is justified;
  • The right to consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except for when consent is not required by FERPA. FERPA does not require a student's consent when disclosure is to other school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the college in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position; a person or company with whom the college has contracted or appointed as its agent; or a student serving on an official committee or assisting another school official in performing the official's tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an educational record in order to fulfill his/her professional responsibilities.
  • The right to file a complaint with the Department of Education, Family Compliance Office, concerning alleged failures by the college to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

Equal Opportunity, Non-Discrimination, Affirmative Action

It is the policy of Columbia Gorge Community College and its Board of Education that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the grounds of race, color, sex, marital status, national origin, religion, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, and any other status protected by applicable local, state, or federal law in any educational programs, activities, or employment. Persons having questions about equal opportunity and nondiscrimination should contact:

Employment:
Robb Van Cleave - Chief Operating Officer
Office: Rm. 2.422 Phone: 541-506-6151

Educational Program:
Lori Ufford - Chief Academic & Student Affairs Officer
Office: Rm. 2.191 Phone: 541-506-6031

Student Programs, Activities, and Services:
Lori Ufford - Chief Academic & Student Affairs Officer
Office: Rm. 3.223 Phone:541-506-6013

Disabilities: Auxiliary aides and services are available upon request to otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities.
Shayna Dahl - Advisor, Disabilities Resources
Office: Rm. 3.227 Phone: 541-506-6046

 
Freedom From Sexual Discrimination and Harassment

It is the policy of Columbia Gorge Community College to not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs, activities, and employment as required by Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendments. Students at Columbia Gorge Community College are protected from sex discrimination in all areas including: admission to programs; access to enrollment in courses; access to and use of school facilities; counseling and guidance materials, tests, and practices; vocational education; physical education; competitive athletics; graduation requirements; student rules, regulations, and benefits; treatment as a married and/or pregnant student; financial assistance; school-sponsored extracurricular activities; aid, benefits, and services.  

In addition, students are protected against all forms of sexual harassment as defined here: 

1. Unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:  
2. Submission to such conduct is made, either explicitly or implicitly, a term or condition of employment, admission, or academic evaluation; or  

3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or learning environment.

  

Grievance Procedure

Columbia Gorge Community College has established a set of procedures designed to provide students and others an avenue whereby concerns and decisions made within the College can be appealed within the College. A person who has a grievance follows specified steps to assure the grievance is given fair and careful consideration. The steps will vary slightly depending on whether the grievance is related to instruction, student services/student life, or business/fiscal matters. A copy of the grievance procedure document is available in the Offices of Instruction, Student Services, and Business or by using this link - Student Grievance Procedure.  

 

How We Use Your Social Security Number

Providing your social security number is voluntary. If you provide it, the college will use your social security number for keeping records, doing research, aggregate reporting, extending credit and collecting debts. Your social security number will not be given to the general public. If you choose not to provide your social security number, you will not be denied any rights as a student. Please read the information below which describes how your number will be used. Providing your social security number means that you consent to use of the number in the manner described.

OAR 589-004-0400 authorizes Columbia Gorge Community College to ask you to provide your social security number. The number will be used by the college for reporting, research, and record keeping. Your number will also be provided by the college to the Oregon Community College Unified Reporting System (OCCURS), which is a group made up of all community colleges in Oregon, the State Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development and the Oregon Community College Association. OCCURS gathers information about students and programs to meet state and federal reporting requirements. It also helps colleges plan, research, and develop programs. This information helps the colleges to support the progress of students and their success in the workplace and other education programs. OCCURS or the college may provide your social security number to the following agencies or match it with records from the following systems:

  • State and private universities, colleges, and vocational schools, to find out how many community college students go on with their education and to find out whether community college courses are a good basis for further education;
  • The Oregon Employment Department, which gathers information, including employment and earnings, to help state and local agencies plan education and training services to help Oregon citizens get the best jobs available;
  • The Oregon Department of Education, to provide reports to local, state and federal governments. The information is used to learn about education, training, and job market trends for planning, research, and program improvement;
  • The Oregon Department of Revenue and collection agencies only for purposes of processing debts and only if credit is extended to you by the college;
  • The American College Testing Service, if you take the COMPASS Placement test, for educational research purposes.
  • State and federal law protects the privacy of your records.  Your number will be used only for the purposes listed above.

Privacy Rights of Student Educational Records

The CGCC district shall follow all applicable state and federal laws, rules, and regulations that apply to student records. All information contained in the college records which is personally identifiable to any student shall be kept confidential and not released except upon prior written consent of the subject student or upon the lawful subpoena or other order of a court or competent jurisdiction.

Students 18 years of age or older and the parents of students who are under 18 years of age have certain rights with respect to student records under Public Law 93-380. These include:

  • The right to inspect the educational records of the student,
  • The right to challenge the accuracy of the records if they are believed to be misleading or to violate privacy or other rights of the student,
  • Except as may be provided by law, the right to prevent the release of any or all information from the records to any other party. The college will not send transcripts or copies of other educational records to any other school, prospective employer or other person without written request of the student.

 

Smoking

Smoking is not permitted on the campus except in designated areas. The restrictions on smoking cover not only all internal locations but also include parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, fields and open areas of the campus. Designated smoking areas are out-of-doors and are posted.

Solomon Act

Federal law requires CGCC to provide student name, address and telephone number to the military for recruiting purposes. If you would like your name withheld, call Student Services at 541-506-6011

Student Records

Columbia Gorge Community College maintains student records in conformation with state and federal law.  

Except as provided in this policy, all information contained in the student records of Columbia Gorge Community College that is personally identifiable to any student shall be kept confidential and not released to any person without prior written consent of the student, or the parent or guardian of a minor student, or upon lawful subpoena or other order of a court of competent jurisdiction, provided the student (or parent of a minor) is notified in advance of compliance with the subpoena or court order.  

An exception to this confidentiality policy is directory information which may be released to the media and for use in other local publications only at the direction of the Chief Academic & Student Affairs Officer. Students who do not wish to have any of the information listed below released by the College must make that request in writing each term at the time of registration.  Directory information will not be released to vendors or others desiring to solicit students for contributions or purchases.  

Directory information includes: The student's name; address; phone number; major field of study; participation in official college activities; periods of enrollment; degrees, awards, and honors received; and illness or accident information, as required in health and safety emergencies.   

Student Right to Know

a) Graduation and Transfer Rate

In Compliance with the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-542), it is the policy of Columbia Gorge Community College to disclose its completion/graduation rate and transfer rate to all current and prospective students.  Rates are based on fall term enrollment of full-time (12 term credits), first-time, degree-or certificate-seeking undergraduates.  Students are counted as graduates or as transfers-out if they graduated or transferred within 150 percent of the normal time for completion or graduation.  Rates do not include part-time credit students, students who have attended college elsewhere before attend CGCC, students who began their studies in a term other than fall term or non-degree seeking students.

Based on CGCC's 2008 cohort, 15% graduated within three years and 27% transferred to another institution. 

Cohort year 2007 graduation rate:

100% of normal time - 24%

150% of normal time - 31%

200% of normal time - 33%

b) Crime Statistics

The following Crime Statistics are provided in compliance with the provisions of the Jeanne Clery disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (originally known as The Student Right to Know Act).

The Dalles Campus

Offense

2010

2011
2012

Murder

0

0
0
Negligent manslaughter
0
0
0

Sex offenses - Forcible

0

0
0

Sex offenses - Non-forcible

0

0
0

Robbery

0

0
0

Aggravated assault

0

0
0

Burglary

0

0
0

Motor vehicle theft

0

1
0

Arson

0

0
0

Hate Crimes

0

0
0

Adjacent Public Property-The Dalles Campus - Sorosis Park

Offense

2010

2011
2012

Murder

0

0
0
Negligent manslaughter
0
0
0

Sex offenses - Forcible

1

0
0

Sex offenses - Non-forcible

0

0
0

Robbery

0

0
0

Aggravated assault

0

0
0

Burglary

0

0
0

Motor vehicle theft

0

0
0

Arson

0

0
0

Hate Crimes

0

0

0

Hood River-Indian Creek Campus

Offense

2010

2011
2012

Murder

0

0
0
Negligent manslaughter
0
0
0

Sex offenses - Forcible

0

0
0

Sex offenses - Non-forcible

0

0
0

Robbery

0

0
0

Aggravated assault

0

0
0

Burglary

0

0
0

Motor vehicle theft

0

0
0

Arson

0

0
0

Hate Crimes

0

0

0

 

Fall 2010 Enrollment Survey Summary

Undergraduate Student Enrollment

Total enrollment

1,245

Transfer-in enrollment

385

Student-to-faculty ratio

16 to 1

Undergraduate Student Characteristics

Percent of undergraduate students by gender:

Percent of undergraduates who are female

62%

Percent of undergraduates who are full-time

44%

Percent of undergraduates by race/ethnicity:

American Indian or Alaska Native

5%

Asian

1%

Black or African American

1%

Hispanic/Latino

7%

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

0%

White

70%

Two or More Races

0%

Race and ethnicity unknown

17%

Nonresident alien

0%

Percent of undergraduate students by age:

24 and under

52%

25 and over

47%

Age unknown

1%

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation Rate Cohort

First-time, full-time student retention rate

25%

First-time, part-time retention rate

18%

Graduation rate cohort as percent of total entering students

15%

12-month Unduplicated Count by Race/Ethnicity and Gender

July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011

 Students enrolled for credit

Undergraduate students

Men

 

Nonresident alien

0

Hispanic/Latino

129

American Indian or Alaska Native

13

Asian

4

Black or African American

7

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

3

White

566

Two or more races

17

Race and ethnicity unknown

45

TOTAL MEN

784

Women

 

Nonresident alien

0

Hispanic/Latino

221

American Indian or Alaska Native

17

Asian

8

Black or African American

2

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

14

White

968

Two or more races

25

Race and ethnicity unknown

40

TOTAL WOMEN

1,295

Grand Total (2010-11)

2,079

IPEDS Student Financial Aid (SFA) Survey Summary

Total grant aid received by all undergraduate students

$1,728,113

Number of undergraduate students who received a Pell Grant

474

Percentage of FTFT students receiving any financial aid

(FTFT = First time full time)

39%

 

 

Percentage of FTFT students receiving grant aid by type

Average amount of grant aid received by type

Total

27%

$4,706

Federal Government

27%

$4,415

Pell

27%

$4,324

Other Federal

4%

$688

State/Local Government

5%

$1,454

Institutional

0%

N/A

 

 

 

 

Percentage of FTFT students receiving loans by type

Average amount of loans received by type

Total

14%

$6,846

Federal

14%

$6,846

Non-federal

0%

N/A

 

 

 

Average net price for FTFT students who receive grant aid

$8,368

 

 

Average net price for FTFT students who receive Title IV federal student aid

$0 – 30,000

$7,549

$30,001 – 48,000

$8,356

$48,001 – 75,000

$11,394

$75,001 – 110,000

$12,794

$110,001 and more

N/A

 

Student Rights and Responsibilities

The College provides educational opportunities for a wide variety of individual and community needs. Rules and regulations regarding student conduct assure an atmosphere conducive to pursuit of education. At the same time students have certain rights guaranteed to them by the constitution.  

Students are expected to conduct themselves responsibly and in ways which reflect consideration and respect for the rights of others. The Student Rights and Responsibilities publication describes fully the student rights and rules and disciplinary procedures and is available from Student Services or by using this link - Student Rights and Responsibilities.  

 

 

 

 

 


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