Higher Education

As centers of education, research, and innovation, public colleges and universities spur economic development throughout the state. They help train and educate our ever-growing workforce, ensuring our state remains competitive in the global economy, and access to higher education is a key contributor to family economic security and upward mobility.


Research and Publications

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Game of Loans

Fact Sheet | October 8, 2014

Today, 7 in 10 students are graduating with an average $29,400 in debt, making them less l

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Pay It Forward: An update on national progress

Fact Sheet | April 3, 2014

Since December 2012, when Oregon legislators introduced the nation’s first Pay It Forward

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Latest Blog Posts

Lamar Wise, a student from the University of Oregon, testifies in favor of HB 2662 (Pay It Forward)
“What more do you want from students who do the right thing but still come up short?”

Kelli Smith | March 10, 2015

Oregon students, educators, and community members testified in overwhelming support of Ore

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Pay It Forward legislative update: February 25, 2015

Kelli Smith | February 25, 2015

The opportunity for higher education is a cornerstone of our democracy and our economy. Bu

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Why it Matters