Browning Is Against Oregon Community Colleges Becoming Centralized

Browning: In a report that was released a month ago, the audits division of the Oregon secretary of state’s office made several recommendations for enhancements based on their findings from an examination of the Higher Education Coordinating Council. One of the most important was getting the Oregon Legislature to give the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) more authority over the state’s 17 community institutions.

Browning Is Against Oregon Community Colleges Becoming Centralized

Mark Browning, president of Blue Mountain Community College, gave a resounding “no” in response to the question of whether or not he agrees with the proposal.

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“I think the people that live in Morrow, Umatilla, and Baker counties have a much better idea of what’s happening here in our region than somebody who might be only sitting in Salem or Portland,” he said.

“I think the people that live in Morrow, Umatilla, and Baker counties have a much better idea of what’s happening here in our region.” “I’ve never seen it where a centralization of administration like that works really effectively, especially in the far-off areas,” the speaker said. “Especially in the far-off lands.”

Browning Is Against Oregon Community Colleges Becoming Centralized
Browning Is Against Oregon Community Colleges Becoming Centralized

Browning stated that he has had conversations with his contemporaries at other community colleges that are not located in the I-5 corridor, and he has found that they share his concerns regarding the preservation of local autonomy.

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“I believe that’s an easy answer that comes out of kind of Government 101, and it doesn’t work, at least in my opinion,” he added. “I think it’s an easy solution that comes out of sort of Government 101.”

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