Higher Education Coordinating Commission

Office building where the Higher Education Coordinating Commission is located.
This building houses contains all office of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC). (HECC Photo)

Present Duties

The Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) is the state commission and agency working to improve equitable access to and success in higher education and workforce training for Oregonians statewide. The HECC coordinates funding and policy for postsecondary education and training and convenes partners across the public and private higher education arena. HECC is a 15-member volunteer commission appointed by the governor. The HECC state agency supports the commission and includes eight offices led by the executive director. Its authorities include advising the Legislature and governor, 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 programs, collaborating with partners to oversee programs and administer funding to increase employment opportunities, supporting streamlined academic pathways such as transfer pathways; workforce training and support for businesses; and evaluating and reporting the success of higher education efforts.

In addition to the six offices listed below, the HECC has an Office of the Executive Director, responsible for executive leadership, commission administration, communications, legislative affairs, equity leadership, human resources and internal auditing; and an Office of Operations, responsible for support to all HECC offices with budget, procurement, payroll, accounting and information technology.​
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Agency Subdivisions

Information about this agency's divisions, offices, programs, etc.

Contact Information

Telephone: 503-378-5690
Fax: 503-302-3529
Contact: Ben Cannon, Executive Director; Ramona Rodamaker, Deputy Executive Director
Public Information Officer: Endi Hartigan​

Legal & Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS Chapter 350​

Budget Analysis - by Legislative Fiscal Office
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