​Strategic Plan

The Higher Education Coordinating Commission’s current 2016-20 Strategic Plan, adopted in February, 2016, provides a foundation and scaffolding for preparing more Oregonians with the degrees, certificates, and training they need to succeed in their goals and careers. This comprehensive document describes challenges and opportunities in higher education, and defines key priorities and strategies that will guide higher education funding and policy decisions within the HECC authority in the areas of goal-setting, funding, pathways, student support, college affordability, and economic and community impact. 

The HECC is required by statute (ORS 350.075(d)) to adopt a strategic plan for state postsecondary goals, and the Commission is committed to regularly updating this plan. As an addendum and update to the 2016-2010 Strategic Plan, the Commission in December 2017 adopted a  Strategic Framework 2017-2021 that will guide its strategic action in the coming years. 

The Strategic Framework concisely describes the Commission’s updated vision, mission, values and beliefs​, and defining four key areas of activity that can be used by the Commission to prioritize existing and future strategic initiatives.

  • REPORTING to steer progress: Through advanced data analysis, evaluation, and reporting, HECC will build public and institutional commitment to meeting achievement goals and closing equity gaps.
  • FUNDING for success: HECC will develop an approach to state funding higher education and workforce that is directly linked to student success.
  • Streamlining Learner PATHWAYS: HECC will promote clear onramps to education and training, reduce barriers for transfer students, and link graduates with careers.
  • Expanding Opportunity through OUTREACH: HECC will develop a comprehensive outreach plan to ensure all Oregonians have access to affordable, relevant options for postsecondary training

These four Strategic Areas of Activity are aimed to achieve Strategic Goals for 

  • EQUITY, 

These goals are derived from the 2016-20 Strategic Plan, and success will be measured against these goals.

The strategic plan is anchored by the Commission’s Equity Lens​​​, which commits the HECC to ensuring that its policy and resource allocation decisions advance equity.  It also builds on the Commission’s Strategic Plan 2014-15, which set a foundation for the Commission’s efforts to “steer and cheer” the higher education enterprise.

To effectively exercise its functions, the HECC works in close partnership with campus leaders, governing boards, faculty, students, and state partners—playing a critical convening role for Oregon higher education and the communities that it affects.


​Development of Strategic Roadmap for the Future of Postsecondary Education and Training in Oregon 

​​Since late 2019 the HECC has worked with partners on developing a Strategic Roadmap for the future of postsecondary education in Oregon.  See the Stakeholder Outreach Insights Report here describing the public input gathered to date on this effort. Given the context for this work has shifted with COVID-19, the continuation of this work has been postponed to Fall, 2020. The HECC and partners have established four interim guiding principles which emerged from the initial work, and encourages stakeholders to keep these guiding principles in mind as they navigate the pandemic.

Strategic Framework 2017-2021

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