The Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) is a 14-member, volunteer board dedicated to fostering and sustaining the best, most rewarding pathways to opportunity and success for all Oregonians through an accessible, affordable and coordinated network for educational achievement beyond a high school diploma.The HECC is responsible for advising the Legislature, the Governor, and the Oregon Education Investment Board on higher education policy. Its statutory authorities include the development of biennial budget recommendations, 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 that are proposed by private and out-of-state (distance) providers, and licensing private career and trade schools. The HECC is supported by its executive director who oversees a small staff and, effective July 1, 2014, the directors of the Department of Community College and Workforce Development (CCWD)and the Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC).
Oregon’s higher education system enrolled hundreds of thousands of students in 2014 in its 7 public universities, 17 public community colleges, 67 private for-profit and independent colleges and universities, and hundreds of private career and trade schools.
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