The Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) is dedicated to fostering and sustaining pathways to opportunity and success for all Oregonians through an accessible, affordable and coordinated network for educational achievement beyond secondary education. Established in 2011, the HECC is responsible for advising the Legislature, governor and the chief education office on higher education policy. Its statutory authorities include the development of biennial budget recommendations for postsecondary education in Oregon, making funding allocations to community colleges and public universities, approving new academic programs in the public system, allocating Oregon Opportunity Grants (state need-based student aid), authorizing degrees proposed by private and out-of-state providers, licensing private career and trade schools and overseeing veterans education programs.
The HECC is a 14-member volunteer board supported by the executive director, who oversees the agency, including the Offices of the Executive Director, Policy and Communications, Student Access and Completion, Community College and Workforce Development, Public University Coordination, Private Postsecondary Education, Operations, and Research and Data.
Information about this agency's divisions, offices, programs, etc.
Mailing Address: 255 Capitol St. NE, Salem 97301-0203
Contact: Ben Cannon, Executive Director
Legal and Legislative Information
Statutory Authority: ORS 351