Public University Coordination: Featured Work
The Office of Academic Policy and Authorization Public University Coordination unit works with statewide and campus level groups on regional and national academic policy initiatives and student success programs. Recent and current projects include:
- Interstate Passport is a Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)-led initiative to create a lower division general education transfer framework based on learning outcomes.
- Mathematics Alignment Across Sectors: HECC has worked with community colleges and public universities to assist with the alignment and creation of a new “quantitative literacy” pathway from community college to public university, which is reflected in updated math requirements in the statewide Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) degree.
- Affordability Initiatives
- Oregon’s Open Educational Resources (OER) grants, established by 2015, OER can help students in Oregon and around the country by minimizing or eliminating the costs associated with course materials such as textbooks and other instructional media.
- The Multistate Collaborative to Advance Learning Outcomes Assessment (MSC), led by the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) association, is a 12 state effort to assess college student learning with a database of authentic student work products (assignments) that are aligned to a set of learning outcomes. MSC aims to demonstrate that postsecondary learning is assessable without resorting to standardized tests or deviation from the curricula.
- The Faculty Collaborative is a new effort to link student success programs based on LEAP (Liberal Education and America’s Promise, led by AAC&U) , by scaling and replicating successful faculty innovations in each participating LEAP state. Oregon became a LEAP state in 2007 when the state adopted LEAP’s Essential Learning Outcomes. LEAP’s Essential Learning Outcomes are also foundational to the Interstate Passport and Multistate Collaborative.