Higher Education Coordinating Commission

Present Duties

Public Service Building
The Public Service Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
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.

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Contact Information

Mailing Address: 255 Capitol St. NE, Salem 97301-0203
Telephone: 503-378-5690
Fax: 503-378-8395
Contact: Ben Cannon, Executive Director
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Kelly Zinck
Records Officer Email: David Zerbe
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Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 351.735
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