HB 06-1024: Underserved students in higher education (Revised April 20, 2006)
This bill represents a net opportunity gain for Colorado. It establishes an accountability mechanism within the state's higher education performance contracts that specifically addresses institutional commitment to, and support for, retention and success of low income and minority students.
The support services specified in the bill align with actions proven to succeed. Requiring institutions to provide these services could help these students stay in school and complete their degrees.
Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE) data show that in 2003, Colorado colleges and universities awarded 4,552 certificates and degrees to undergraduate minority students. By implementing the support services identified in HB06-1024, this number would increase. Based on the 2003 figure, every 1 percent
increase would represent 45 more certificates or degrees earned by these students.
Over time, this means hundreds more underserved students could graduate from college with better opportunity for good jobs, higher wages and self-sufficiency. ...