October 25, 2016 Comments (0) Uncategorized

New, Powerful Body Could Take Over Higher Ed Management in Oregon

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The public advanced schooling system in Oregon is about to be reorganized with control over public universities, vocational schools and financial aid being passed over into the hands from the powerful new Advanced schooling Coordinating Commission. The mechanism to do this is written into House Bill 3120 — submitted by Governor John Kitzhaber and the education adviser Ben Cannon — which is currently being debated in the House Higher Education Committee.

The aim of the is through to remove control over higher education from at least four bodies currently accountable for it, including the state Legislature. Instead, HECC is going to be totally in charge not only of coordinating the way the Oregon public colleges and universities work, but additionally how they’re funded.

Architects of the plan, Gov. John Kitzhaber chief included in this, say using a single board consider the interests of scholars and the state will lead to better results at lower costs. Only about 40 percent of Oregonians earn college credentials, a figure Kitzhaber and the Legislature say needs to double by 2025.

Unlike a plan Kitzhaber announced last fall, that one wouldn’t create a single Department of Post-Secondary Education?to help the HECC exercise its new powers. Instead, HECC would oversee three existing agencies –?the Department of Vocational schools and Workforce Development,?the chancellor\’s office?and also the?office of student assistance.

If the bill is approved, this will be the last time the lawmakers get a say over how to allocate the state’s advanced schooling budget C for instance, how much goes to four-year instead of two-year schools and community colleges. They will also no more decide which portion of the budget to put towards state-sponsored educational funding. In case of passage, all such decisions is going to be made by HECC starting next year.

It is a quirk of the lawmaking process that a company called Advanced schooling Coordinating Commission already exists in the state C made in 2012. However, that body doesn’t have either the funds to hire employees nor a real brief. Its function is going to be completely remade using the passage of 3120.

HECC would also hire a paid executive director, another new education position in Oregon after?the creation of the chief education officer?(now held by?Rudy Crew) to oversee education from preschool through college and?an appointed deputy superintendent of instruction?(now held by?Rob Saxton) to operate the Oregon Department of Education and oversee preschool and K-12 education.

The reason for creating an all powerful HECC is to “make a much more sense of this higher education soup” of multiple, sometimes-overlapping boards and commissions, Cannon said.

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