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How to Stay Informed During the Legislative Session
As the state’s single, comprehensive portal to all sectors of higher education, the HECC is responsible for advising the Oregon Legislature, the Governor, and the Chief Education Office on funding and policy recommendations for public postsecondary education in Oregon, working closely with campus leaders and partners. The HECC regularly presents on Oregon higher education and workforce development issues, including assignments from recently passed legislation. Here are a few links and resources to keep you informed:
- For all testimony materials and public records of legislative hearings, see the Oregon Legislative Information System.
- For the schedule of hearings including video access when available go to the Oregon Legislature main site at www.OregonLegislure.gov
- The HECC 2017 Session Legislative Resources Web Page includes key links, fact sheets and documents, and will be populated more as the Session progresses.
- The HECC Reports page is a resource for formal work group and research reports previously submitted to the Oregon Legislature.
- The HECC Budget Development Process webpage provides basic information on the process and submission of a comprehensive and integrated higher education agency budget.
Oregon Promise: Early Findings on Impacts
Two recent reports provide early snapshots of the impact of the Oregon Promise, Oregon's new state grant program supporting community college tuition for recent high school graduates and GED recipients. The grants were first awarded in fall 2016, and the reports take early qualitative and quantitative looks at the impact of this pioneering program, the second of its type in the nation.
In February, 2017, Education Northwest
released a study showing that the program appears to be influencing college-going decisions of Oregonians, with an even stronger influence on first-generation Oregonians. The report is based on qualitative data including a survey of young Oregonians who applied for financial aid in 2016. And in December, 2016, the HECC was able to complete the much-anticipated analysis of the first participants in the program for the first formal biennial report to the Oregon Legislature. READ MORE HERE.
GED Wraparound Services Grants Awarded to Colleges, Schools and Community-based Organizations
Thanks to investment made by the 2015 Legislature, for the first time in Oregon GED history, the Oregon GED Program is pleased to award $1.6 million in grant funding for programs that offer GED preparation and instruction with wraparound services. READ MORE HERE.
Campus Safety Public Work Group recommends ongoing safety council and investments
In January, the Campus Safety Work Group, presented to the Commission its recommendations for a coordinated public safety strategy and plan across all of Oregon’s public and private higher education institutions. The work group was first convened in 2015 by Governor Brown in the wake of the tragic Umpqua Community College shooting on October 1, 2015. The recommendations are linked to below, as well as in a summary poster: