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Warner Pacific: Making College Affordable and Accessible

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Photo: Warner Pacific is working hard to make education affordable and accessible.

By Dale Seipp, Jr.

I was pleased to see the [Oregonian] editorial staff clearly lay out the benefits of investing in a college education. Having worked in Oregon higher education for 25 years, I have witnessed its changing landscape and have walked alongside students experiencing the trials and triumphs of earning their degree.

One important area that the editorial board did not touch upon, is the need to increase graduation rates among students from diverse backgrounds and those who will be the first in their families to earn a degree. With our state’s rapidly changing demographics, the fastest growing population segments; low-income, first-generation, and minority youth are the least likely to earn college degrees.

At Warner Pacific College (SE Portland), we have established a track record for making college affordable and accessible to all students:

  • We reduced tuition by 23% in 2008, and have worked to keep our tuition increases lower than the average increase level nationally each year.
  • Our tuition and fees are 33% lower than other private colleges in the Northwest.
  • The College provides 10 full-need scholarships each year to emerging urban leaders through the Urban Service Track of the Act Six Leadership and Scholarship Initiative.
  • We are improving persistence and achievement through academic, spiritual, vocational, and mentoring support so that students not only enroll, but succeed in graduating.
  • Our faculty is exploring innovative teaching strategies to address the specific needs of students coming from generational, working class, situational, and immigrant poverty.

This multi-dimensional approach is working. In 2013, 53% of our first-year traditional undergraduate students identified as persons of color. As our institutions WarnerPacific_Science-classroom-2014_FORWEBcontinue to serve a student body that includes many who are the first in their family to go to college, who demonstrate high financial need, and who are from diverse backgrounds, it is important that we provide students with the tools they need to confidently manage the financial realities of completing a college degree.

We also need to recognize that it often takes graduates some time to build their income capacity after completing college, which is why Warner Pacific launched “Freedom to Flourish,” a groundbreaking loan repayment assistance program for incoming, first-time freshmen who enroll in the traditional undergraduate program beginning in the fall of 2014. The first program of its kind in the Portland Metro area, “Freedom to Flourish” provides assistance for all federal, private, and parent PLUS loans to students who earn less than $37,000 a year after graduation.

Commitment to diversity in higher education cannot stop at enrollment. Institutions must take the time to work closely with students and their families, ensuring that their needs are being met financially, academically, socially, and spiritually.

Dale Seipp, Jr. serves as vice president for enrollment and marketing at Warner Pacific College. Founded in 1937, Warner Pacific is a Christ-centered, urban, liberal arts college dedicated to providing students from diverse backgrounds an education that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world. Learn more at www.warnerpacific.edu.

Warner Pacific College: Learning for a Lifetime

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Photo: Warner Pacific science students.

By Melody Burton

The over-educated and under-employed liberal arts graduate is a trope commonplace in American society today. Graduates face a career landscape that is markedly different than the one the previous generation found after college. Recently, the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems and the Associate of American Colleges and Universities published a report titled, “How Liberal Arts and Sciences Majors Fare in Employment.” The report is based on an analysis of U.S. Census and other economic data, and provides a broad view of employment outcomes for recent graduates, as well as for more experienced workers. Continue reading

Warner Pacific Students Successful at National Business Competition

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Photo: Warner Pacific College’s Enactus Team

Competing with 250 teams of college business students from across the county, Warner Pacific College’s Enactus Team were the first round Champions of the Western region and 5th overall (placing in the top 20) after three levels of competition during the Enactus USA Expo in Cincinnati, Ohio (March 31 – April 3). Continue reading

Warner Pacific Freshmen Boldly Speak Out on Sex Trafficking

By Arthur Kelly and WPC Staff

Bold is…raising your voice to protect women and children from sex trafficking.

A woman spreading a sleeping bag on the cold concrete of an often wet sidewalk. The gaunt face of child, living on the streets, hungry for just about any kind of attention—but eagerly searching for something to fill an empty stomach. The blank stare of a young man or woman, walking the Avenue of Roses, just blocks away from the Warner Pacific campus, hoping to earn enough money from the sad men who buy their bodies so they won’t be beaten another night when they haven’t met their quota. Portland, Oregon, is a beautiful city that is plagued by these three sad faces. Warner Pacific students are boldly offering the hope of Christ. Continue reading

Warner Pacific Named a College of Distinction

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Warner Pacific was honored as a College of Distinction for the 2013-2014 school year. The College of Distinction designation is given to select schools to honor their excellence in student-focused higher education. Warner Pacific was found to excel in all Four Distinctions. Continue reading

Warner Pacific Now Offers Loan Repayment Assistance

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Incoming first time freshmen who enroll in the traditional undergraduate program at Warner Pacific College beginning in the fall of 2014 will no longer have to worry about how they will pay back their student loans once they graduate. Freedom to Flourish, a loan repayment assistance program, empowers graduates to secure a well-paying job after graduation or ensures their ability to repay their loans while following their dreams. Continue reading

Warner Pacific Announces Intercollegiate Wrestling in 2014

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Warner Pacific College Director of Athletics Jamie Joss announced that the College will add men’s and women’s wrestling to its athletics program and begin intercollegiate competition in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in 2014-15. The search for a head coach and recruitment of student-athletes will begin immediately. Continue reading

Warner Pacific’s Andrea Cook Honored as Hero for Service to Community

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Dr. Andrea P. Cook, president of Warner Pacific College, has been recognized as one of Adventist Health Foundation’s “Heroes of the Heart,” a distinction awarded to local community members who are making a difference in Portland through their service to others. Continue reading

Zipcars Come to Warner Pacific

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Need a car? No problem. Warner Pacific College is now hosting two Zipcars on campus.

Residents of outer Southeast Portland have a new neighborhood transportation resource from Zipcar, Inc., the world’s leading car sharing network. The vehicles are parked in the 68th Avenue parking lot on the Mt. Tabor campus of Warner Pacific College at 2219 SE 68th Avenue. Continue reading

Jim Lyon Presented Honorary Doctorate from Warner Pacific

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August 29, 2013 – At the Convocation of the 77th academic year, Warner Pacific College was privileged to bestow up Jim Lyon, the Honorary Doctor of Divinity. Lyon is a former student of Warner Pacific and was recently ratified as the general director of Church of God Ministries. Continue reading

Warner Pacific Sponsors Local Christian Music Festival

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Warner Pacific College is pleased to sponsor Fish Fest 2013, Portland’s largest music festival, held on Saturday, August 17, at Hillsboro Stadium. Continue reading

Warner Pacific Adds Sixth Campus

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The Warner Pacific College Adult Degree Program continues to grow with the addition of their sixth Portland-area campus, located at 8200 SW Pfaffle Street in Tigard. This new location, created in partnership with Westside Christian High School, is conveniently located at the intersection of Hwy 217 and Hwy 99. Continue reading

Warner Pacific Names New VP of Adult Degree Program

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PORTLAND, OR—Warner Pacific College welcomes Dr. Lori K. Jass as the new Assistant Vice President for the Adult Degree Program (AVP/ADP). The position provides key leadership and oversight to the College’s vibrant Adult Degree Program, which has been providing excellence in education for more than 20 years. Continue reading

CCCU Honors Warner Pacific with Andringa Award for Advancing Racial Harmony

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 Warner Pacific College received the 2013 Robert and Susan Andringa Award for Advancing Racial Harmony at the 37th Annual Presidents Conference for the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) held January 30 – February 1, in Washington, DC. Continue reading