News and notes from Pacific University.
FOUR-YEAR GUARANTEE | In Fall 2016, Pacific University will introduce the four-year graduation guarantee to incoming freshmen. Students who graduate in four years, as opposed to five or six years, save significantly on tuition and other expenses and are in the workforce and graduate programs faster than their peers. The four-year graduation guarantee at Pacific means that students who sign up for the plan at the beginning of their freshman year and follow certain guidelines are guaranteed to be eligible for graduation in four years. Otherwise, Pacific will cover the cost of additional coursework for up to one year. Pacific students already graduate “on time” at a higher rate than their peers
at public institutions.
FIRST-GENERATION STUDENTS | About 20 percent of Pacific University undergraduate students are the first in their families to attend college. First-generation students tend to be at a higher risk of dropping out of college, in large part because they may not have the insider knowledge from parents who have already navigated the college process. This spring, Pacific reached out to a group of first-generation students to provide extra support by connecting them with faculty and staff members who were, themselves, first-generation college students. If you were a first-generation student, we invite you to share your story online. You also can support students with a gift to help fund scholarships to Pacific University.
SEEING IS BELIEVING | The Pacific University College of Optometry will replace its mobile eyecare unit and expand its services thanks to support from several philanthropic organizations. The Pacific EyeVan allows optometry students, supervised by doctors of optometry, to provide comprehensive vision screenings for children and other underserved populations throughout the state.
The current unit — a modified delivery van that has been in operation since 2008 — will be replaced by a modified RV, which will provide the ability to offer more services and to expand the service area. Private support for the new EyeVan has come from the Spirit Mountain Community Fund, the Juan Young Trust, the Hamada Family Trust, students and other donors.