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Higher Education in Colorado: Our Challenges and Our Goals
Isaac Oxom-Montenegroon 6 March 2014
Transcript of Higher Education in Colorado: Our Challenges and Our Goals
A Brief Overview
Colorado Commission on Higher Education
An 11-member, bipartisan council appointed by the governor, with at least one member from each Congressional district
Student financial aid
Colorado’s Higher Education Challenges
Workforce needs – We won’t have enough educated
Coloradans to fill our state’s jobs in 2020.
Education pipeline – Fewer than 25 percent of Colorado
9th-graders earn a college degree.
Completion gaps – The fastest-growing segments of our population are least likely to earn a degree.
Shifting financial burden – The share of college costs paid by students has doubled in 10 years.
Challenge: Workforce Needs
For every 100 9th-graders in Colorado:
50 go to college
22 earn a college degree
Challenge: Education Pipeline
Challenge: Degree Completion
Gaps by Ethnicity
Challenge: The Shifting Burden
from State to Students
Median Colorado Earnings by Degree, 2008-10
Why Higher Education Matters
Higher education in Colorado supports …
, which contribute
in wages and
in state and
...to Colorado’s economy annually
Economic Impacts of our Campuses
Have healthier lifestyles
Value education for children
Our Goals: Meeting the Challenges
Achieving our Goals: Focus on Performance
CCHE’s master plan sets four primary goals:
Increase degree attainment
by at least 1,000 credentials a year to meet workforce demands.
Improve student success
through better remedial education, enhanced support services and reduced average time to degree completion.
Reduce completion gaps
among students from underserved communities by enhancing access to, and through, postsecondary institutions.
Restore fiscal balance
by increasing state support of higher education while promoting affordability, accessibility and efficiency.
Where do we go from here?
We welcome your feedback!
Attract better jobs
Lower unemployment rates
Lower incarceration rates
Reduced health costs
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International Studies and French Major
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