The Alliance enlists many partners to help serve students and support the efforts of our campus colleagues.
Alliance Programs & Partners
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 family’s.
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.
“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
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
Admissions & Enrollment Directors
Chief Academic Officers/Provosts
Chief Finance Officers
Chief Information Officers
Financial Aid Directors
Health Center Directors
Human Resource Directors
Deans & VPs of Student Affairs
Title IX Coordinators
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.
- 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.
“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
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.
Blitz-Weinhard Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation
CASA of Oregon
Jay & Diane Zidell Charitable Foundation
Juan Young Fund I of the Oregon Community Foundation
Katherine Bisbee II Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation
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
OCF Joseph E. Weston Public Foundation
Rose Tucker Charitable Trust
The Carpenter Foundation
The Wollenberg Foundation
United Parcel Service
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.
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.
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
“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