The Alliance enlists many partners to help serve students and support the efforts of our campus colleagues.

Alliance Programs & Partners

Student Programs

Oregon Private College Week

This program helps students decide which Oregon private college is right for them. The event takes place annually the last week of July.

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E3 Savings - Earn, Educate, Empower

E3 – Earn, Educate, Empower is an innovative, need-based financial aid program that pairs resources with eligible students pursuing a college education at one of Oregon’s leading private colleges and universities. E3 makes college more affordable by matching student savings at an 6:1 ratio, giving students a total of $3,500 to use for tuition or approved educational expenses per enrollment year!

E3 allows income-eligible students to enroll in college and graduate with, if not lower loan debt, lower financial stress and more time to focus on academics. By doing so, E3 increases access for Oregon’s fastest growing group of students, allowing them to acquire a lifetime asset and change the course of not only their future but their families’ future.

Finally, E3’s first tenet – Earn – foregrounds the importance of financial habit building, so that the program can also Educate and Empower Oregon’s next generation of successful scholars, businesspersons, creators, innovators and leaders.

E3 is a program of The Alliance, administered in partnership with CASA of Oregon.

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“E3 Savings reduced the stress associated with funding, which means I paid less in loans and did not have to stress as much about work hours so I could focus more on studies.”

– Warner Pacific Student

“Because of E3, I have had more time to focus on my education. The reduced financial burden has allowed me to dabble in theater, ASB, and clubs and maintain a 4.0 GPA. Without E3, I would not be able to take advantage of all that college has to offer.”

– Corban Student

Cross-campus Course Registration

Reed College Students Classroom

Undergraduate students who are enrolled full-time at any Alliance institution may take a maximum of one undergraduate course per semester at another Alliance campus. No additional tuition will be charged for the cross-registered course by either institution, except that if the home institution has an “overload” tuition policy, or the host campus charges special course fees (e.g. laboratory fees) that apply to all students enrolled in the course.

Interested students should consult with their academic advisor and dean before cross-registering, then consult with the registrar to initiate the appropriate paperwork.

Contact the registrar’s office at an Alliance college or university to learn more.

Campus Staff Programs

Campus Affinity Groups

The Alliance coordinates and programs affinity group meetings for various positions across Alliance member campuses. Typically held twice a year for each group, these meetings address changes in legislation, training needs, other discussion topics specific to Oregon.
  • Admissions & Enrollment Directors
  • Alumni Relations
  • Campus Safety
  • Career Services
  • Chief Academic Officers
  • Chief Advancement Officers
  • Chief Information Officers
  • Chief Student Affairs Officers
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Directors
  • Disability & Access Services Directors
  • Educator Preparation Program (EPP) Deans/Directors
  • Financial Aid Directors
  • Health Center Directors
  • Human Resource Directors
  • Institutional Research
  • Legal Counsel
  • Marketing/Communications
  • Registrars
  • Title IX Coordinators
For more information please contact Stacey Boatright at stacey@oaicu.org.
Meeting Schedule

The Coalition for College Cost Savings

The Coalition for College Cost Savings leverages the collective buying power of private colleges to reduce operating costs, improve the efficiency of internal procedures and ultimately lower the cost of delivering education.  The Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges & Universities’ membership in the Coalition for College Cost Savings means all of our members have access to any of the twelve cost-saving programs they offer. The Coalition’s programs fall into four categories: Financial, Benefits, Procurement & Campus Services.
To learn more about the Coalition and the contract programs available to you,
visit www.thecoalition.us or contact Brent Wilder at brent@oaicu.org.
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Handshake - for Students

Handshake is an online portal where students find job and internship opportunities and employers find talent. Over 475 college and university career centers use and trust Handshake to assist students and young alumni connect with employers through a single integrated network.

According to Handshake, over 200,000 employers- including approximately 3,000 Oregon employers and all of the Fortune 500 Companies are active on Handshake. As a result, most colleges and universities see the relevant job opportunities double or triple within the first six months of switching to Handshake.

Benefits include:

  • User-friendly with 24-hour support
  • Requires only one account for Employers to post openings at all institutions
  • Compares student skills and experience to employers’ needs
  • Sign up for campus career fairs and on-campus interviews
  • Free for employers and students

Click here to learn more about Handshake’s features.

Visit Handshake’s Career Services Help Center for access to short videos, tutorials and materials that will help campus staff learn more about the program.

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“Students are now able to clearly access a wide variety of internship, job and volunteer opportunities (nationally and internationally)! We have quadrupled our employer database since launching Handshake in May and are consistently posting double the amount of jobs and internships than we previously had on our old system. We have already had increased employer engagement requests from new employers who previously have not recruited on campus and we are scheduling them to come on the bluff this fall. Students have remarked that the user interface is intuitive, easy to navigate, and they like the customization of opportunities that match their skill set and experience background. Applying for jobs/internships is definitely less scary for our students with the adoption of Handshake!”

– University of Portland Career Services

California Casualty Insurance

As an employee or staff member of an Alliance member institution, you are eligible for Auto and Home/Renters Insurance from California Casualty. They offer customized insurance for employees of Alliance member institutions with substantial savings and professional discounts.
Learn more here or contact Sherry at shanacek@calcas.com.
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Alliance Moving and Storage Partnerships

Alliance-member campuses can access moving and storage services for its employees at a considerable discount – for some services, more than 60 percent off the regular price – thanks to partnerships with the local Westside Moving and Storage (Mayflower Transit Co.) and Suddath Moving & Storage (United Van Lines) companies. Discounted services include interstate moving, storage during transitions, and more.

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Business Partnerships

Alliance Partners

A-dec, Inc.
Bi-Mart Corporation
Blitz-Weinhard Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation
BNSF Foundation
Bon Appetit
CASA of Oregon
Costco Wholesale
Jay & Diane Zidell Charitable Foundation
Juan Young Fund I of the Oregon Community Foundation
Katherine Bisbee II Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation
KeyBank
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
Lonza Pharma & Biotech-Bend (formerly Bend Research)

Mason Charitable Trust
Mr. & Mrs. L.L. Stewart Fund (Subfund I & II) of the
Oregon Community Foundation
NW Natural
OCF Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation
PCC Structurals
PGE Foundation
Rose Tucker Charitable Trust
The Carpenter Foundation
The Wollenberg Foundation
United Parcel Service
Wells Fargo

Alliance Grants Fund Research

Alliance Grants Fund Research Enhancing Conservation Efforts

Shiley School of Engineering students and professors, along with industry partners and collaborators from other Pacific Northwest institutions, are undertaking innovative research projects utilizing grants from the Oregon Alliance of Independent Colleges and Universities (The Alliance). Mechanical engineering professor Heather Dillon and her students are helping conservation efforts in the Pacific Northwest. UP has partnered with research groups at George Fox University and Portland General Electric (PGE) on a solar thermal energy production undergraduate research project.

A previous team of UP students constructed a hybrid solar collector to enhance performance in the Pacific Northwest. New funding from The Alliance has allowed Dillon and four research students to design and build the power generation cycle that pairs with the solar collector.

This summer, the UP team will test the power generation cycle and make improvements to its efficiency. Research projects like this will continue to supplement renewable energy science and practices.

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Handshake - for Employers

Handshake is a modern career center management platform that supports the colleges and universities, their students and alumni, and employers. This platform  provides a single portal where employers can seamlessly recruit talent from participating Alliance institutions, resulting in more opportunities and a better employer and student experience.

Benefits include:
User-friendly with 24-hour support
Requires only one sign-in to post openings at all institutions
Compares student skills and experience to employers’ needs
Sign up for campus career fairs and on-campus interviews
Free for employers

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“Handshake has been extremely helpful for our Recruiting Process. It allows me to post my job openings easily to multiple schools which is really time efficient. Also its easy to manage and track Career Fair Registrations.”

– Jenna Rutherdale, Campus Point