Higher Education Coordinating Commission

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, licensing private career and trade schools​, and overseeing programs for veterans. The HECC is supported by its executive director who oversees a small staff and 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 serves hundreds of thousands of students at its 7 public universities, 17 public community colleges, 51 private and independent colleges and universities, and hundreds of private career and trade schools. 


For more information on the HECC, contact us.

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Note: click below for websites of the following units of the HECC:

Oregon Education Investment Board  |  775 Court Street NE, Salem, OR 97301  |  503-373-1283  |  Education.Investment@state.or.us