LEAP State: Oregon

Member Organization: State of Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC)

Year Joined: 2007

LEAP Mission: Oregon joined the LEAP States Initiative in order to “do our best for Oregon postsecondary education as well as the success of national efforts to better define, educate, and assess the learning students need in this new century.” In concert with LEAP, educational leaders hope to advance a strategic dialogue on the future of higher education and the importance of liberal education in the state.

Featured Initiatives:  

  • In 2013-2014 OUS hosted a series of “Oregon-ized” Summits to build consensus, hone priorities, and identify productive partnerships around the many ongoing quality and student success initiatives related to the Degree Qualifications Profile, LEAP, the Quality Collaboratives, the WICHE Interstate Passport, and more.
  • The Oregon University System was also a partner in AAC&U’s project, Give Students a Compass, funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York, State Farm Companies Foundation, and Lumina Foundation for Education.
  • The Oregon Joint Boards of Education (Board of Higher Education and Board of Education) and the Oregon Business Council held a Tri-Board Invitational Forum on January 7, 2010, in Portland.  The Forum was entitled: College Learning and Oregon’s Future: Return on Investment for Students, the Economy and our Communities.  Business and education leaders discussed contemporary developments in college education nationally and in Oregon, linked to the PK-16 continuum of learning. Topics focused on learning outcomes that matter in college, practices that support student success in achieving essential outcomes, emerging practices in outcomes assessment, Oregon’s engagement in LEAP, and strategies for strengthening public understanding about 21st Century college learning imperatives.

For more information, contact Eddie Watson, Associate Vice President for Quality, Advocacy, and LEAP Initiatives, at watson@aacu.org