206313 Portland Bridges to Baccalaureate: An interinstitutional partnership to facilitate and support transfer to four year degrees among students from underrepresented communities

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: 8:56 AM

Liana Winett, DrPH, CHES , School of Community Health, Portland State University, Portland, OR
Shari Rochelle, MPH , Health Education, Portland Community College, Portland, OR
Susanne Christopher, EdD , Health Education, Portland Community College, Portland, OR
Christina M. Dahlstrom, MPHc , School of Community Health, Portland State University, Portland, OR
Stephanie Farquhar, PhD , School of Community Health, Portland State University, Portland, OR
Marshall Meyer, MST , Health Education, Portland Community College, Portland, OR
Carlos Crespo, DrPH, MS , Professor of Community Health and Director, School of Community Health, Portland State University, Portland, OR
The Portland Bridges to Baccalaureate (PBTB) program is a federally-funded five-year project designed to increase the number of underrepresented students transferring from community college to university, to pursue academic and scientific careers in the biomedical and behavioral sciences -- including public health. The program is a unique partnership between three Portland Community College (PCC) campuses and Portland State University (PSU). PBTB builds upon a relatively new inter-institutional collaboration that allows for dual enrollment between the community college and university, as well as upon established student opportunity programs across all four campuses. Because PSU's School of Community Health the PBTB administrative home is also a partner in a statewide collaborative MPH degree, students in the program will have access to biomedical and behavioral science expertise extending beyond these four campuses.

Through the PBTB program, students gain access to comprehensive support services including specialized advisors, peer and expert mentors, precepted summer work placements, and topical seminars. Students will also network with professionals directly involved in public health, biomedical, and behavioral sciences. With formative research training, students will complete their baccalaureate degrees with a solid foundation for post-graduate work or continued graduate training. The PBTB program aims to increase by 50% the overall institutional transfer rate among underrepresented students, from PCC to biomedical/behavioral science baccalaureate degree programs at PSU. In addition, at least 75% of transferring PBTB students will successfully complete their bachelor degrees in biomedical/behavioral sciences. Experiences from the planning year and recruitment of the first cohort will be presented.

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify lessons learned in building inter-institutional partnerships 2. Demonstrate the importance of building on an existing institutional collaboration and infrastructure 3. Discuss observations gleaned in recruiting the first cohort of students and first panel of peer mentors

Keywords: Education, Students

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am public health faculty and former Director of a collaborative MPH degree program, and as such have been professionally focused on interinstitutional academic partnerships and program accessibility.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.