Policy & Collaboration

Equity and Student Success

The Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) is committed to improving success for students who are traditionally underserved in higher education and ensuring environments are conducive to optimum learning; this commitment informs policy decision making, funding recommendations, ongoing programs as well as special initiatives.

Background on Equity and State Goals

The state’s ambitious “40-40-20” goal has provided a “North Star” for HECC and state leaders to improve the educational attainment rates of students who are presently underserved. The importance of equity initiatives is emphasized in the Commission’s current Strategic Plan and is anchored by the HECC-adopted Equity Lens​, which commits the commission and agency to ensure its policy and resource allocation decisions advance equity.

While education outcomes statewide are trending slightly upward, improvements have not been seen equally by all groups. Low-income and students of color experience less opportunity and success throughout the education continuum, including higher education. Find more data on educational attainment in Oregon here.​Graphic, bar graph, Educational attinment by race in population 25 and over

​In additon, see the Education Pathways diagram​ developed by ECONorthwest for Oregon Learns, illustrating the educational pathways for 41,655 students in the Class of 2006, who were sophomores in public high schools in 2003-04. Additional versions of the diagram using diaggregated data, go to the Oregon Learns website here.​

Engaging Partners and Communities

In its equity initiatives and efforts, the HECC welcomes the involvement and collaboration of campus communities, students and families, community-based organizations, tribal partners, agencies and additional stakeholders to achieve mutual education goals and build lasting relationships to improve the futures of all Oregon students.

Read our Diversity and Affirmative Action plan:

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