Handbook and Planning Guide


The Oregon Community Colleges Handbook & Planning Guide, 2015 Edition (the Community College Handbook) is a comprehensive resource for Oregon community colleges. The Handbook is designed to assist both veteran staff and those new to Oregon community colleges with the state requirements and procedures governing community college operations. We are pleased to move this ​Handbook to an online format. Providing this information in this manner allows for easy access across a variety of devices. On-line filing of applications and program changes also significantly contributes to the efficiency of program approval processes, information management, and accountability requirements.

The Handbook is periodically revised and updated. This edition includes updates and changes to reflect current policies and practices while maintaining the comprehensive body of information college staff have found useful in previous editions. Community Colleges and Workforce Development (CCWD) staff are available to assist you in understanding revisions and new processes.

We hope that this Handbook will help Oregon’s community colleges and support them in their mission of providing high quality education and training in response to the needs of community college students, Oregon’s workforce, and Oregon’s citizens.

My thanks to all of those who have participated in bringing this updated version of the Community College Handbook to fruition.

​Patrick B. Crane, Ph.D.

Director, Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development