As the new legislative session begins and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education launches its statewide higher education marketing campaign with today's "CollegeInColorado" event, the Bell would like to highlight key issues in improving access to, and success in, higher education for underserved students.
A Boulder Daily Camera commentary criticizing the state's new policy on college performance contracts, which do not include specific accountability measures to ensure colleges increase access to low-income and minority students.
A letter to the Denver Post editorial board commending it for correctly pointing out that the Colorado Commission on Higher Education's (CCHE) new performance contracts will not solve higher education's financial crisis, but criticizing the paper for failing to mention that these contracts also fail to ensure increased access to higher education for low-income and minority students.
A Boulder Daily Camera commentary lamenting the poor state of high school counseling in Colorado, where the student-to-counselor ratio is high and some minority and low-income students are discouraged from going to college by their counselors.
A Boulder Daily Camera commentary looking at low levels of financial aid in Colorado and a Colorado Commission of Higher Education proposal that could potentially limit aid to the neediest families in the state.
The legislature should significantly increase state support for adult basic education by appropriating at least $1 million each year to match the state???s federal grant and to expand and improve basic services. This investment will help more adults get GEDs, learn English and become literate.