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March 7, 2016
State’s college attendance rate shows slight turnaround
The percentage of Colorado high school students enrolling in college right after graduation increased slightly in 2014, according to a new report.
PARCC for college
March 8, 2015
Two Colorado colleges move toward making PARCC results count
A pair of Colorado colleges have announced they will evaluate the use of scores on PARCC language arts and math exams as a way to determine if students need remedial classes.
Cost of college
February 13, 2015
Tuition increases stabilize, but perhaps not for long
A new report from the Department of Higher Education throw fresh light on an issue of perpetual concern to parents and policymakers – rising college costs.
First marathon of session
January 26, 2015
Panel passes kindergarten, preschool funding bills, but divisions remain
The House Education Committee on Monday passed two bills intended to increase funding for both preschool and full-day kindergarten, but the discussion highlighted differences over which program should have the highest priority.
January 22, 2015
Senate panel not persuaded, kills tuition cap bill
A bare, 5-4 majority of the Senate Education Committee on Thursday killed Senate Bill 15-062, a measure that would have set a 6 percent cap on annual tuition increases by state colleges and universities.
Inbox filling up
January 14, 2015
Pair of testing reduction bills pop up in Senate
The first testing bills of 2015 have been formally introduced in the Senate, one that would make extensive trims in the current assessment system and the second of which would cut back social studies testing.
January 12, 2015
New bill would extend college tuition increase cap indefinitely
A bill that would indefinitely extend the current 6 percent cap on annual tuition increases at state colleges and universities was introduced by two…
January 8, 2015
Bill would give scholarships to top three grads at every high school
Inspired by his own experience, a veteran Democratic senator has introduced a bill that would provide four-year, full-tuition scholarships at state colleges and universities for the top three graduates of every Colorado high school every year.
December 4, 2014
Higher ed commission signs off on new funding model
The Colorado Commission on Higher Education Thursday gave unanimous approval to a new formula that would fund state colleges and universities based partly on performance factors such as student retention and graduation and service to low-income students.
New day for college funding
November 23, 2014
All win – more or less – under new high ed funding model
The proposed new formula for funding Colorado’s public colleges and universities would give every institution an increase in 2015-16, but some campuses would gain more than others.
September 16, 2014
Have your say on how the state pays for higher education
Colorado’s higher education system is in the middle of trying to figure out how to implement House Bill 14-1319, which sets up a new…
June 24, 2014
Higher ed system goes back to the drawing board
With polite smiles firmly pasted on their faces, Colorado’s higher education leaders and bureaucrats are steeling themselves for an intense six months of work on a performance funding system that none of them asked for.
April 21, 2014
Online bill has rocky outing in House Education
Proposed changes in state law governing multi-district online schools got generally bad reviews from witnesses at a committee hearing Monday, and a vote was delayed so its sponsors can work up some amendments. The bill was part of a 10-bill calendar of mixed bills heard by House Education.
April 17, 2014
Higher ed funding bill has easy time in House
It’s nice to be speaker of the House, even when you’re a lame duck. The House Thursday gave easy preliminary approval to Speaker Mark…
April 9, 2014
Third version of higher ed makeover passes committee
House Speaker Mark Ferrandino’s proposed overhaul of Colorado’s higher education funding system got a 10-2 endorsement from the House Education Committee Wednesday, but more work and likely some controversy are in House Bill 14-1319’s future.
Big shots face off
April 7, 2014
Higher ed funding bill sparks high-level differences
It’s rare to see vigorous public debate between the speaker of the House and the lieutenant governor, especially when they’re from the same party. But a proposed higher education funding bill brought out just that at a House Education Committee hearing Monday.
April 3, 2014
Party lines sharply drawn on Common Core, PARCC
During a procedural roll-call vote early Thursday evening, all 17 Republican senators voted for a motion to pull $16.8 million in funding for the coming PARCC tests from the proposed 2014-15 state budget. Senators also had a running debate over college construction projects.
April 1, 2014
The legislative habit of gambling on the future
One of the many peculiarities of Colorado’s complex state budgeting process is the legislature’s weakness for promising to spend money before it’s even collected. This year that impulse may force a tradeoff between K-12 and higher education.
First round in a big bout
March 14, 2014
Speaker Ferrandino pitches new higher ed funding formula
The questions were flying like balls out of pitching machine Friday when House Speaker Mark Ferrandino defended his new higher education funding bill at a meeting of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.
March 11, 2014
Bill could liven up higher ed discussions
This year was supposed to be a legislative session of sweetness, light and more money for Colorado’s colleges and universities. Gov. John Hickenlooper proposed…
February 20, 2014
Lawmakers reach compromise on CSU Global Campus bill
Expected controversy over a proposed expansion of Colorado State University Global Campus was defused Thursday with what was reported to be a last-minute compromise.
February 14, 2014
Are Colorado colleges meeting workforce needs?
Are Colorado colleges and universities pumping out graduates with the right degrees to take the jobs that the state needs filled? A recent report…
February 12, 2014
House panel endorses study of minority teacher pipeline; school finance law remains on ice
An articulate seventh grader helped to convince the House Education Committee to pass a bill that would require the Department of Education to study the shortage of minority teachers and develop ways to recruit, develop and retain more of them.
Help for rural districts
February 5, 2014
Advanced Placement incentives bill gets in line
The House Education Committee on Wednesday apparently agreed with Rep. Jim Wilson when he said, “I believe all students should have equal opportunity to pursue Advanced Placement classes.” The panel voted 12-1 to approve Wilson’s bill to provide rural school districts with financial support to offer AP classes.
February 5, 2014
Rise & Shine: UFT’s back-pay push squeezing other local unions
January 28, 2014
Legislative analyst slams higher ed performance funding plan
The state’s plan for performance funding of state colleges and universities is “not likely to work very well,” a staff analyst has told the Joint Budget Committee.
January 27, 2014
Testing, Common Core officially on the legislature’s plate
A Republican-sponsored bill to delay rollout of new statewide tests and to require a new study of the state’s academic standards – which include the controversial Common Core Standards – was introduced in the Senate Monday.
January 23, 2014
Smooth start for community college four-year degree bill
A bill allowing state community colleges to offer some four-year degrees sailed out of the Senate Education Committee Thursday on a 6-0 vote after…
January 9, 2014
Hickenlooper backs enrollment count, transparency proposals
Gov. John Hickenlooper’s Thursday state of the state speech endorsed proposals to change how school enrollment is counted and to create greater transparency for school spending.
December 12, 2013
Tuition, debt dominate higher ed budget hearing
Key legislators signaled concern about tuition levels during a budget hearing Thursday, even though state colleges have promised to keep 2014-15 increases below 6 percent.
December 4, 2013
College performance funding plan approved
Updated - The initial plan for how Colorado colleges and universities would be financially rewarded for increasing graduation rates and achieving other key goals was approved Thursday by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.
November 13, 2013
Looking for a truce on community college degrees
A group of higher ed administrators and others are working to find a compromise plan for community colleges to offer bachelor’s degrees, an issue…
October 1, 2013
State launches new program to improve college graduation
State leaders Tuesday unveiled the “Colorado Challenge,” an effort to improve college completion rates, starting with 2,500 “underrepresented” students who will receive extra support…
August 27, 2013
Reports track students from high school to college
New reports from the state Department of Higher Education provide a more richly detailed look than was previously available of what happens to Colorado students after they graduate high school.
August 22, 2013
Garcia says Obama higher ed plan fine by him
Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia was quick out of the box Thursday morning to praise the “goal” of President Obama’s higher education affordability plan.
June 17, 2013
Tuition hikes only one piece of college costs
Colorado college students are again facing tuition increases next year, but the jumps are a bit more moderate than in recent years.
June 10, 2013
State moving to new college admissions system
Big changes could be coming for Colorado college admissions and for remedial education of high schools grads who aren’t quite ready for college work.
June 4, 2013
College attendance gap persists for Hispanics
Colorado’s Hispanic high school grads continue to lag other groups in college attendance, according to a new report.
April 30, 2013
College merit aid bill passes House
Update - The House Wednesday voted 59-5 to pass the bill that would reinstate state merit scholarships.
April 30, 2013
CMC to award first four-year degrees
Colorado Mountain College this week will award 58 bachelor’s degrees — a first for the community college that has 11 campuses in the central…
April 12, 2013
Merit aid pulled from budget bill
Updated - A last-minute flap over undocumented students has cut $3 million in merit-based scholarships from the state budget bill.
April 9, 2013
Regents bite the bullet on tuition
The University of Colorado Board of Regents has approved 2013-14 undergrad tuition hikes ranging from 6 to 8.7 percent.
April 8, 2013
CU, community college tuition votes set
Both the University of Colorado Board of Regents and the state community college board will meet this week to consider proposed 2013-14 tuition rates.
March 6, 2013
JBC goes with $30M boost for colleges
The JBC tentatively decides on higher ed funding for 2013-14, and the parent trigger/school grades bill goes down to defeat. Capitol roundup
February 20, 2013
Colorado dual enrollment growing
The number of students who earned college credit while in high school grew 15.5 percent in two years, according to a new report.
February 11, 2013
Higher ed funding boost defeated
A bid to divert some energy tax revenues to higher education has been defeated, but other college revenue-raising efforts are moving ahead. Capitol roundup
January 24, 2013
ASSET bill clears Senate Education
The bill that would make undocumented students eligible for resident tuition rates passed the Senate Education Committee 6-3 Thursday.
December 18, 2012
Metro tuition issue flares up
Metro State leaders defended their special tuition rate for undocumented students after a Republican lawmaker questioned its legality.
December 6, 2012
Colorado colleges make their promises
State colleges are finishing up the contracts that detail how they’ll meet the goals of the state’s higher ed master plan, adopted Thursday.
October 24, 2012
Ed board candidate fundraising is modest
State Board of Education and CU Regents candidates have been raising money all year – often $10 at a time.
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