Statewide programs are designed to ensure consistency in curriculum and outcomes. These programs are developed and managed by a consortium of participating colleges, therefore reducing the state approval procedures submitted by individual colleges to the state. Each participating community college agrees to the conditions and requirements of the program approval process for Statewide programs.

Notice of Application (NOA)

Once a consortium is established and a sponsoring college is identified, colleges must submit a Notice of Application (NOA)  to the Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development (CCWD) and the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), collectively referred to as CCWD-ODE. Only one ​NOA will be disseminated to all college districts for a proposed statewide program. Only colleges that participate in the consortium and request statewide approval may be approved to offer statewide programs. A ​NOA is valid for one year from the date the NOA is initially distributed according to Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) and CCWD-ODE procedures.


One application for the statewide program will be developed cooperatively by the consortium and submitted by the sponsoring college to CCWD-ODE. The application will undergo the same abstract and Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) submission process as all other program applications.


Opting-in means gaining approval to offer a statewide program after the initial application and approval process has been completed. Other community colleges that are interested in opting-in must conduct labor market research, document a need for the program within their community college district, submit a request to the consortium to participate in and offer the statewide program. Once approved, colleges submit the Opt-In document to the sponsoring college who will in turn submit it to CCWD-ODE, All participating colleges must abide by all of the conditions and requirements that currently apply to the previously approved statewide program. Colleges must opt-in within one year from the date the initial NOA for the statewide program is distributed, or a new NOA will be required.


Opting-out means either suspending or deleting participation in a statewide program.  A community college may suspend or delete their statewide program by formally notifying the consortium and CCWD-ODE. Without applying for and receiving HECC approval to offer the program independently of the statewide program approval, a community college may not rescind its program’s status as a statewide program, withdraw from the consortium and then offer the same program “outside” the guiding principles and agreements for statewide Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and certificate of completion programs.

Decision Making

The consortium, according to its by-laws, will respond to requests by colleges that apply to participate. If approved, the new college(s) will complete the required paperwork and request the sponsoring college to submit that paperwork to CCWD-ODE.

Independent ​Programs

Any community college that already has approval to offer the same or a very similar program may elect to retain their independent program approval or they may apply for approval of that program as one included under a statewide approved program. If approved to offer the statewide program, the former independent program approval status will be revoked and the college must abide by all of the conditions and requirements that apply to the statewide program.

Specific ​Procedures

See the Approval Planning Guide: Statewide AAS Degrees and Certificates section in this Handbook for more information.