Melissa WhitneyName: Melissa Whitney

Position: Enrollment Services Specialist, Extended Campus

Hometown: McMinnville, Oregon

# of years at OSU: 2 years

Best part of your job: I get to talk to prospective students from all over the world, every day! Being someone who went back to school later in life, I feel like I can really relate to the stories I hear from people working hard to accomplish their life goal of completing their education. Enrollment Services is the first point of contact for prospective students, and it is awesome to work with such an amazing team who want to make sure they have the best first impression of Oregon State Ecampus possible.

Something someone might be surprised to know about you: I absolutely love swimming. I swam butterfly for my high school varsity swim team for 4 years and have swam across the Columbia River three times. I love to travel and have been to 26 states and 10 countries. I also like to explore and photograph ghost towns.

Favorite book/movie/album: My favorite book is my ‘Weird Oregon’ book, my favorite movies (because I can’t pick just one) are Return of the Jedi, The Count of Monte Cristo, Napoleon Dynamite, The Goonies, Shawshank Redemption, Indiana Jones and Billy Madison, to name a few. Music is a pretty big part of my life, so I don’t know if I could begin to pick a favorite album, but I love the Beatles album Rubber Soul.

 

By Beth Emshoff, Director, Oregon Open Campus

We have a lot going on with Oregon Open Campus (OOC) these days, and I wanted to take this opportunity to share some exciting news.

On March 18 Oregon State University, through the OOC initiative, and Klamath Community College (KCC) signed a memorandum agreement to pilot a new degree completion program in agricultural sciences.

Over the past year, with leadership from Willie Riggs – the OSU Extension Service regional administrator and director of the Klamath Basin Experiment Station – OOC has been working in partnership with KCC to finalize the details of this program.

Our ultimate goal is improved student success and retention.

Currently KCC students have the option to enroll in the Degree Partnership Program, which allows them to be jointly admitted and enrolled at KCC and Oregon State. Through this new degree completion program, students in Klamath and Lake counties who are interested in pursuing a degree in agricultural sciences can now travel a straight path from high school to an Oregon State degree, all without leaving the Klamath Basin.

The program, which begins this spring, makes it possible for high school students to earn 11 college credits, move to KCC’s agricultural sciences program, then complete Oregon State’s agricultural sciences program offered online through OSU Ecampus.

One unique component of this program is the “high touch” cohort model.

Students will meet regularly with Oregon State and KCC faculty, giving them access to mentoring, advising, ongoing encouragement and tutorials throughout the program.

This seamless approach should significantly reduce the

cost of an undergraduate education. KCC college credits in high school come at no cost, community college credits are about one-third the cost of university credits, and eliminating the relocation costs for students by staying in their home communities further reduces the total cost of an undergraduate degree.

We are currently exploring how this model might be replicated in other communities.

Oregon Open Campus in Tillamook County is in conversation with Tillamook Bay Community College to find a way for their students to transfer into OSU’s fisheries and wildlife sciences online degree program. Similar conversations are taking place on the south coast with Southwestern Oregon Community College.

For more information, check out the Klamath Falls Herald and News article. If you have questions or would like to discuss anything related to Oregon Open Campus, please contact me.

Willie Riggs (Regional Admin, OSU Extension Service), Beth Emshoff (Director, Oregon Open Campus) and Keith Duran
Willie Riggs (Regional Administrator, OSU Extension Service), Beth Emshoff (Director, Oregon Open Campus) and Keith Duren (Department Chair Natural Resource Systems, KCC)
Scott Reed (Vice Provost, OSU Division of University Outreach and Engagement, Dan Arp (Dean, OSU College of Agricultural Sciences) and Roberto Gutierrez (President, Klamath Community College)
Scott Reed (Vice Provost, OSU Division of University Outreach and Engagement), Dan Arp (Dean, OSU College of Agricultural Sciences) and Roberto Gutierrez (President, KCC)