CORVALLIS, Ore. – A leading expert on community college innovation will speak on the importance of community colleges at the third annual Charles Carpenter Memorial Lecture on Friday, April 13, at Oregon State University.

Ron Baker, executive vice president of the Northwest Commission on College and Universities, will speak on “Community College Principles, Promises and Practices: Thoughts and Observations.” His talk begins at 7 p.m. in the CH2M-Hill Alumni Center’s Willamette Room on the OSU campus.

The free and public lecture is sponsored by OSU’s College of Education.

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is the regional accrediting agency for Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Nevada.

Prior to joining the commission, Baker was the founding chief academic office and vice president for Student Learning at Cascadia Community College in Bothell, Wash.

Baker is a graduate of OSU’s Community College Leadership Program and served as the director of distance education for Oregon community colleges. He was also a national facilitator for the 21st Century Learning Outcomes Project and a consultant for the Learning College Project, both sponsored by the League for Innovation in Community College and The Pew Charitable Trusts.

The Carpenter Memorial Lecture and Reception was established in 2004 to honor the work and memory of Charles Carpenter, a founder of the Community College Leadership Program in OSU’s College of Education.

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Rich Shintaku,