Higher Education

  • In a recent Colorado Public Radio interview with CSU President Tony Frank, Frank cited a new American Council on Education study titled “Race to the Bottom” indicating that Colorado could run out of state public funding for higher education as early as 2022-24.  Frank adds that Colorado is the first state projected to run out of public funds for higher education, and that “between now and then, we need to have a serious dialogue with the citizens of Colorado and ask ourselves, is that a choice we want to make? Do we want to say to our children, ‘we cannot invest in you what our parents invested in us?'”
  • Colorado four-year institutions get a D for Student Access and Success, but an A for Cost-Effectiveness and Efficiency from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. (Institute for a Competitive Workforce)
  • A 2011 study looking into college completion rates in Colorado found that Colorado has the 3rd largest college attainment gap between older adults and young adults in the nation, and that college participation rates among recent high school graduates and young adults rank below the national average (27th and 33rd, respectively). (Education Commission of the States)
  • Colorado cut its higher ed funding more deeply (48.3%) than any other state between 2002 and 2010. (Boulder Daily Camera)