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Find out about featured events, recent initiatives, and collaborations of the HECC here. Also see News and Updates for more recent announcements.

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.​

Featured News:

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.

Oregon’s 2015 Reinvestment in Higher Education Improves National Ranking, but Significant Challenges Remain

Oregon’s national ranking for higher education funding has improved considerably since 2015, according to the most recent annual report by State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) on state higher education finance (see the press release here and the full SHEF report here). However, recent gains in public funding followed years of reductions that were among the steepest in the country, resulting in the report’s characterization of Oregon as a “boomerang” state for higher education funding. READ MORE HERE.
Report on American Indian/Alaska Native Students and Higher Education: Supporting Relationships with Oregon’s Federally Recognized Tribes 

American Indian/ Alaska Native student success was the topic of a powerful presentation to the Higher Education Coordinating Commission in April, 2017. Mahalia Yakeleya Newmark, a Hatfield Resident Fellow, brought recommendations and observations on Oregon’s higher education landscape and opportunities to partner and strengthen relationships between Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes, American Indian/Alaska Native students, state agencies and institutions of higher education.  

The presentation and the report focused on the visibility of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) higher education students in Oregon and the programmatic and services gaps they experience. The report offers recommendations to the HECC and Oregon’s postsecondary institutions based on best practices that will potentially improve Native student postsecondary engagement, participation and performance rates.

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:


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