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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Equity and Student Success​

The Higher Education Coordinating Commission envisions a future in which all Oregonians—and especially those whom our systems have underserved and marginalized—benefit from the transformational power of hi​gh-quality postsecondary education and training. 

Our commitment to improving equitable outcomes is rooted in the state’s high-reaching educational attainment goals, the Oregon Equity Lens, and the goals established by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission's Strategic Plan. The 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 historically underrepresented in higher education, including students of color, low-income and other underserved populations.  

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. ​Our commitment to closing equity gaps informs policy decision-making, funding recommendations, ongoing programs as well as special initiatives to effect change. ​

Featured Resources

We encourage viewing and sharing this short inspirational and informational video on the ​need to dramatically improve support for the equitable success of underserved students of color in higher education and workforce training. Real Opportunity: Supporting College Success for Underserved Students of Color will Move Oregon Forward.​​

This approximately eight min​ute video is part of a suite of efforts to broaden understanding of the critical importance of closing equity gaps, building equitable access, and increasing completion rates for historically underrepresented students of color in higher education and training. ​​

From 2018-2021, HECC has advanced a suite of leadership work supported by a Talent, Innovation, and Equity (“TIE”) partnership grant from Lumina Foundation to help eliminate disparities in postsecondary success rates between Oregon’s overall student population and historically underrepresented students of color. Learn more about the recent work supported by the TIE grant here.  ​

Centering our Work with Oregon's Equity Lens

The Equity Lens​ was adopted by the HECC in 2014 as a cornerstone to the State’s approach to education policy and budgeting.  The purpose of the Equity Lens is to clearly articulate a shared goal for an equitable education system, to put into place the intentional policies, investments, and systemic changes necessary to reach our goals and to create clear accountability structures to ensure that we are actively making progress and correcting past inequities.

HECC Welcomes Engagement with Diverse Partners Statewide

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. The HECC regularly meets on a Government-to-Government basis with tribal education leaders, collaborating to better serve Native students. In addition, HECC regularly convenes an Equity Advisory Council ​to advise the agency in our work.

Here are a few ways to stay engaged with us:

Diversity and Affirmative Action Plan

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are at the core of our work at the HECC. The HECC is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer Committed to Workforce Diversity Employment Opportunity Commission under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The HECC does not discriminate in admission or access to our programs, services, activities, hiring, and employment practices. 


Equity-Related Data and Research:

Reporting to steer progress is one of the HECC’s four strategic action areas, and the agency has prioritized the production and accessibility of data related to our equity goals.

Pursuant to legislative directives, the HECC has also developed numerous policy and research reports related to equity topics. Formal HECC reports submitted to the Legislature can be found here.​ 

More information on recent legislation can be found in our most recent Legislative Resources page here.

Contact Us

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Rudyane Rivera-Lindstrom, HECC Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.​​​​​​