Public University Coordination: Academic Planning and Policy
The HECC coordinates and
aligns academic policy and initiatives to enhance postsecondary pathways in and
across Oregon’s seven public universities, through leadership focused on: sustained academic rigor, aligned transfer and articulation practice and policy, and attention to the needs of underrepresented, rural, and
economically challenged students.
The Academic Planning and
Policy unit within the Office of University Coordination works closely with
statewide groups of administrators and leaders such as the Provosts’ Council to
develop and advise on academic policy, research, and legislation for the universities and their students.
The HECC’s Academic Planning
and Policy unit is specifically responsible for:
- Public University Academic Program Approval: including standards, process, forms, and campus
guidance regarding significant changes to academic programs.
- Legislative and Commission directives related to issues of critical concern to the public
universities and the students they serve, including convening of work groups,
development of research and policy reports, dissemination of reports,
recommendations, and promising practices.
- Annual institutional evaluations and mission
approvals for the public universities.
In addition, the
Office of University Coordination collaborates with postsecondary institutions
to further progress toward Oregon’s educational and workforce goals. This work
Through research and
collaboration, HECC staff work to better understand students’ needs
and behavior in order to design pathways that help students succeed.