Policy & Collaboration

Equity and Student Success

The Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) is committed to improving success and ensuring environments are conducive to optimum learning for all students, with a particular focus on those who are traditionally underserved in higher education. This commitment informs policy decision-making, funding recommendations, ongoing programs as well as special initiatives.

In its equity initiatives and efforts, the HECC welcomes the involvement and collaboration of campus communities, students and families, community-based organizations, tribal partners, agencies and additional stakeholders to achieve mutual education goals and build lasting relationships to improve the futures of all Oregon students.

Background on Equity and State Goals

The state’s ambitious “40-40-20” goal has provided a “North Star” for HECC and state leaders to improve the educational attainment rates of students who are presently underserved. The importance of equity initiatives is emphasized in the Commission’s current Strategic Plan and is anchored by the HECC-adopted Equity Lens​, which commits the commission and agency to ensure its policy and resource allocation decisions advance equity.

While education outcomes statewide are trending slightly upward, Oregon continues to see significant disparities. Low-income and students of color experience less opportunity and success throughout the education continuum, including higher education. Find more data on educational attainment in Oregon here.​Graphic, bar graph, Educational attinment by race in population 25 and over

Read our Diversity and Affirmative Action plan:
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​​How to Stay Engaged

  • Sign up for newsletters and public meeting notices​​​​ or learn more about our Commission here. In addition to full Commission meetings, the Commission’s Student Success and Institutional Collaboration Subcommittee (SSIC) considers equity-focused academic strategies, initiatives and public testimony, and the Funding and Achievement Subcommittee considers fiscal impact matters on a regular basis.
  • HECC staff regularly convene an internal Equity Advisory Group comprised of campus leaders who inform staff on equity initiatives, and promote inter-campus communication, collaboration and innovation as a learning community to improve equity statewide. For more information, contact info.HECC@state.or.us​.
  • HECC regularly consults with Oregon tribes, meeting on a Government-to-Government basis with tribal education leaders, collaborating to better serve Native students.

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