Office of Private Postsecondary Education (PPS): Our Regulatory and Coordinating Role
The HECC Office of Private
Postsecondary Education (PPS) oversees the quality, integrity, and diversity of
private postsecondary programs in Oregon for the benefit of students and
consumers. We support the success of
private higher education institutions in achieving their missions to educate
and train Oregonians for career success, and to provide quality and relevant
certificate and degree programs. Serving as the lead regulatory office, the PPS
guides policy and regulatory action that approves programs and institutions serving Oregonians.
Our office consists of the following:
RegulatIon, Licensing, and Authorizing
The Private Career School unit
and Office of Degree Authorization serve as the state regulators that approve
degree-granting institutions, private career schools, and distance education
providers to operate in this state. Without approval or explicit exemption from
regulation from the HECC, a school cannot legally operate in our state, or
offer valid degrees or certificates to Oregonians. In the U.S, it is the state
government that authorizes degree granting institutions with only a few
exceptions. ODA and PCS are governed by independent statues and
Note: Our office is a regulatory, licensing and authorizing state office, not an accrediting agency. Even if an institution is accredited, it may not be authorized to confer degrees or certificates in Oregon since they must meet rigorous authorizing standards in our state and comply with the necessary laws and regulations that protect consumers in this state.
with Institutions and Partners
The Office of
Private Postsecondary Education serves as a liaison to regulated and
non-regulated (Private) institutions, college and university presidents, and member
associations such as the Alliance of Independent Colleges, and the NW Career
Colleges Federation. The Office also convenes the Office of Degree Authorization Advisory Committee and Private Career School Advisory Council.
The HECC/PPS work collaboratively with many licensing boards in our state. These boards license graduates of authorized private career schools to practice their desired profession.
The PPS is responsible for administering distance education offerings in Oregon through State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), a multistate agreement, entered into by the HECC. HECC serves as the portal agency in Oregon for institutions participating in this agreement.
also approves and monitors postsecondary institutions and training establishments participating in veterans’ education
benefits administered by the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs to
ensure compliance with applicable state and federal laws. These authorities
reside with the HECC through Oregon’s federal contract with the
Veterans Administration Education Program Approval and Compliance Monitoring