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 responsible for ensuring pathways to postsecondary opportunity and success for Oregonians statewide and serves as a convener of the groups and institutions working across the public and private higher education arena. HECC is a 14-member volunteer commission appointed by the governor. The HECC state agency supports the commission and is comprised of eight offices led by the executive director. Its authorities include advising the Legislature, governor and Chief Education Office, providing one strategic vision for Oregon higher education planning, funding and policy to meet state goals; authorizing postsecondary programs and degrees; administering key Oregon financial aid, workforce and other programs; and evaluating and reporting success of higher education efforts.

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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: Karen Lynne Howard
Records Officer Email: Lisa Ellsworth​​
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Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 351.735
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