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​Engagement and Partnership​

The Higher Education Coordinating Commission is the single state entity responsible for ensuring pathways to higher educational success for Oregonians statewide, and serves as a convener of the groups and institutions working across the public and private higher education arena, including public and private colleges, universities, career schools, programs, and workforce training providers, students and faculty.​ The list below is not a comprehensive list of our many partners.​

​State of Oregon Partners

The HECC works closely with the Governor’s Office, the Oregon Legislature, the Oregon Workforce and Talent Development Board,​ and numerous state agencies and partners on policies, programs, and initiatives to build a seamless education and workforce development system and to meet statewide education goals. The Governor and Legislature determine state funding levels and policy, while the HECC has statutory authority to advise on and implement these decisions.

      Affiliated boards, councils, or committees administered​ by the HECC agency (in addition to the Higher Education Coordinating Commission)

      Goverment to Government​

      Campus and Institutional Partners

      The leadership, governance and operations of higher education institutions is the responsibility of their respective presidents, governing boards of directors and administrators.  The Commission works closely with institution leadership and faculty, who regularly engage in Commission meetings, as well as in the work of HECC subcommittees and work groups.

      Oregon’s 17 Community Colleges 

      Oregon’s 7 Public Universities 

      Private Postsecondary Institutions in Oregon

      Professional organizations serving institutions

      ​Student and Faculty Partners

      To achieve the student-focused vision of the HECC, the commission works closely with student and faculty groups and individuals regularly in commission meetings. In addition, student and faculty members serve on work groups, committees and task forces associated with HECC research and policy work.

      Equity and Community Partners​

      • Community-based organizations and foundations
      • ​HECC Equity Advisory Committee
      • HECC Leadership Council for Equity​​​​

      Additional Oregon, Regional and National Partners

      The HECC is closely engaged with numerous other partners including federal governments and agencies, foundations, national research and policy organizations, nonprofit and community based organizations, foundations, businesses, local governments, school districts, schools, tribal organizations, and more.​​​​  This list is not exhaustive, as individual offices and the programs of the HECC partner with numerous other organizations.