Find out about featured events, recent initiatives, and collaborations of the HECC here. Also see News and Updates for more recent announcements.
Legislative Session Summary Materials
For a high-level overview of the postsecondary education budget, see the Fact Sheet below.
For a longer comprehensive overview of key legislative investments and bills approved during Oregon’s 2015 Legislative Session, including bill descriptions, details on the 2017-19 biennial budget, capital investment information, and historical investment data, see the Legislative Summary.
Finally, for information on the investment and eligibility changes to the Oregon Promise see the following Fact Sheet:
- For all testimony materials and public records of legislative hearings, see the Oregon Legislative Information System.
- The HECC 2017 Session Legislative Resources Web Page includes key links, fact sheets and documents.
- The HECC Reports page is a resource for formal work group and research reports previously submitted to the Oregon Legislature.
- Additional summaries of featured legislative work can be found in the HECC Collaborations e-newsletter.
The State of Oregon approved a number of significant bills in the 2017 Legislative Session that will impact our work for higher education affordability, equity, and student success. In addition to those described here, summaries of numerous other key bills pertaining to higher education are included in the HECC Legislative Summary above, in addition to useful charts describing work groups and reports that have been assigned to the HECC and its partners.
With the passage of House Bill 2311 (2017), Oregon has clarified its 40-40-20 educational goal to focus it strategically on young Oregonians rising through the education system. HB 2311 refocuses the 40-40-20 as a pipeline goal, applying to the expected high school class of 2025 (and beyond), rather than to all adult Oregonians. At the same time, it clarifies the state’s commitment to ambitious educational outcomes for working-age Oregonians by requiring that HECC work with the Oregon Workforce Investment Board and institutional partners on creation of a new set of goals for the adult population that are more aligned with career trajectories, educational interests, and projected job opportunities.
With the passage of HB 2998, Oregon has a structure and momentum to meaningfully streamline the community college to public university transfer process, through the development of seamless 90-credit college to university transfer pathways. The new transfer pathways planned through HB 2998 will be a tremendous benefit to the thousands of Oregon students who transfer every year from a community college to a university by providing a clear, guaranteed route from community college to Bachelor’s degree. The HECC participated in a work group on the development of this bill with institution partners, and we look forward to implementing this important work.