Policy & Collaboration

High School to College Pathways

The HECC works with numerous state, campus, and community partners to foster improved and seamless pathways during the important transition years of grades 11-14 as students move from high school to college or career.

Current initiatives help high school students to plan for and afford college success, best prepare academically for college coursework, access quality college credit while in high school, and benefit from academic alignment so they enter college ready to succeed. In addition to the resources below, find out about financial aid investments and initiatives, additional equity initiatives, Oregon's GED high school equivalency program, and transfer student initiatives​.

College Outreach, Partnership and Mentoring

The HECC leads mentoring, outreach, and financial aid programs, and convenes partners to prepare students across the state for access and success in college and career:

​College Credit while in High School

Educational experiences that provide high school students with the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school are known in Oregon as “accelerated learning” programs. The HECC works with educators across the state to ensure that students may access quality programs that offer college credit while in high school.

Academic Pathways and Alignment

The HECC works to promote and coordinate student pathways and academic alignment from high school to college, including coursework and academic assessment.

Recent Legislation to Improve High School to College Pathways

The Oregon Legislature has entrusted the HECC with research and analysis on numerous higher education policy questions related to improving student pathways from high school to college. All final HECC reports to the Legislature can be found here. Information on the results of the 2017 Legislative Session are detailed here. Recent efforts:

  • With the passage of SB 207 (2017), public institutions of higher education in Oregon are given specific requirements related to the awarding of credit to students who take Advanced Placement (AP®) classes and exam(s).
  • ​With the passage of SB 395 (2017), HECC will work with Department of Human Services (DHS) to annually report information related to foster children and former foster children in Oregon colleges and universities.
  • With the passage of HB 2147, each postsecondary institution of education will be required to submit to HECC the number of Oregon high school graduates from each school district who are enrolled at the institution, and the graduation rates of students from each school district. HECC will then submit the information to the Department of Education, who will then provide it to school districts.​
  • The HECC contributes to the annual Oregon Educator Equity Report, documenting Oregon's progress in diversifying the educator workforce, working with the Chief Education Office, Oregon Department of Education, and Teacher's Standards and Practices Commission. ​
  • In 2015-17, pursuant to legislation passed in 2015 and 2016, the HECC developed numerous policy reports on topics related to secondary-postsecondary pathways,​ including development of educator equity plans (HB 3375, 2015);   Oregon Promise student support (House Bill 4077, 2016), collaboration with ODE on additional directives including a plan for African-American student success, and more. 
  • In 2015-17, with the support of an investment through House Bill 3072 (2015), HECC awarded grants to support underrepresented students pursuing STEM degrees.