Instead, a significant measure of budgeting authority rests with the HECC. But it's authority without accountability.
The UO can ask the Legislature to override the HECC and approve the tuition increase.
The HECC is right to recoil from a 10.6 percent tuition increase.
still has weekly meetings of operational officers from across NorthWales.
LCC saw a 12 percent dip in enrollment last fall, compared with an average decline statewide of 7 percent, HECC figures show.
The largest contingent of community college students statewide - 33 percent - fall into the 28-49 age range, according to HECC.
That's because HECC is changing the formula for dividing up money among the 17 community colleges.
But lawmakers declined to stop HECC from adopting the outcome-based model for Oregon's community colleges.
HECC is the Higher Education Coordinating Commission.
In lieu of the quickly disintegrating Oregon University System, the Legislature has created the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, or HECC, operating as a subgroup of the Oregon Education Investment Board.
The HECC would continue to have some power over all of Oregon's public universities, including the ability to stop universities from creating satellite programs in each others' backyards and sole control over universities' funding requests at the state Legislature.
"If we're going to give freedom to the University of Oregon, we should give freedom to the university outside the HECC," he said.