Partnerships and alignment initiatives between government agencies, Oregon’s public universities and community college, the K-12 educational sector, and industry organizations, are integral to the efforts to serve statewide higher education needs and meet the state's 40-40-20 educational attainment goal.  In addition to the partnerships listed in this section, go to each campus or center website to learn more about each university's strong relationships and partnerships.

Partner Agencies, Boards, and Organizations

State of Oregon: Office of the Governor

State of Oregon: State Legislature

Oregon Education Investment Board

During the 2011 Legislative Session, Senate Bill 909 created the Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB). The OEIB is overseeing an effort to create a seamless, unified system for investing in and delivering PK-20 public education from early childhood through high school and college. 

Higher Education Coordinating Commission

Also during the 2011 Legislative Session, Senate Bill 242 created the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) to coordinate postsecondary education policy in Oregon, including the Oregon University System and community colleges. The HECC is responsible for advising the Legislature, the Governor, and the Oregon Education Investment Board on higher education policy.

Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development    

Office of Student Access and Completion

Oregon Department of Education

Oregon Public University Institutional Boards

Beginning on July 1, 2014, the Oregon University System's (OUS) three largest public universities -- Oregon State University, Portland State University, and University of Oregon -- will have their own institutional governing boards, and will no longer be under the authority of the State Board of Higher Education. The Technical and Regional Universities (TRUs) -- Eastern Oregon University, Oregon Institute of Technology, Southern Oregon University, and Western Oregon University -- will continue to be governed by the State Board of Higher Education through June 30, 2015. After this, the TRUs will gain their own institutional boards.

Engineering and Technology Industry Council (ETIC)

Established in 1997, the mission of ETIC is to make post-secondary engineering and technology education a strategic resource that fuels the Oregon economy and creates opportunity for all Oregonians. It establishes success criteria and measurements for investments in these areas, makes specific investment recommendations, and monitors the results of these investments. ETIC will also be transitioning to a new “home” at the OEIB and a revised mission in order to continue to serve the needs of business and industry in Oregon.   

Oregon GEAR UP: Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs

Oregon GEAR UP is a collaborative program supported by a federal GEAR UP grant and community partners, including The Ford Family Foundation, which works with school districts, colleges and universities, and partner organizations across Oregon to increase the number of low-income Oregon students who pursue and succeed in post-secondary education. GEAR UP will be transitioning to Oregon State University as its fiscal agent and new “home” during 2014.