2016-20 Strategic Plan

The Higher Education Coordinating Commission’s 2016-20 Strategic Plan was adopted in February, 2016. The plan provides a foundation and scaffolding for preparing more Oregonians with the degrees, certificates, and training they need to succeed in their goals and careers.

Six Priorities

The plan defines six key priorities that will guide higher education funding and policy decisions within the HECC authority.

  • sharpening state higher education goals in specific areas, including for working-age adults, and better reporting our progress towards meeting them.
Public College and University Funding: 
  • supporting sustainable state funding linked to student success.
  • simplifying and aligning student pathways from cradle to career.
Student Support: 
  • enhancing student success, safety, and completion.
College Affordability:
  • limiting student costs for attending college in Oregon.
Economic and Community Impact:
  • contributing to prosperous workforce, economy, and communities.

Oregon has made progress toward the state’s 40-40-20 goal, yet not all of the state’s populations have experienced equally the benefits of improving completion rates. The HECC will take a lead role in convening partners to further align programming and supports to close achievement and opportunity gaps for low-income students, students of color, and recent high school graduates—as well as improving connections between Oregon’s education and workforce systems.

The strategic plan is anchored by the Commission’s Equity Lens​​, which commits the HECC to ensuring that its policy and resource allocation decisions advance equity.  It also builds on the Commission’s Strategic Plan 2014-15, which set a foundation for the Commission’s efforts to “steer and cheer” the higher education enterprise.

To effectively exercise its functions, the HECC works in close partnership with campus leaders, governing boards, faculty, students, and state partners—playing a critical convening role for Oregon higher education and the communities that it affects.

Vision Statement

Dedicated to fostering and sustaining the best, most rewarding pathways to opportunity and success for all Oregonians through an accessible, affordable and coordinated network for educational achievement beyond a high school diploma.

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