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Four Colorado colleges collaborate to form student consulting group

A diverse group of colleges in Colorado Springs crosses sectors by teaming up to form a student consulting firm with a local focus.

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Colorado governor tells university system board to find leader who 'unites the board'

Mark Kennedy, the sole finalist to lead the University of Colorado system, finds himself on the receiving end of a tweet by the governor suggesting that it may be time for another candidate.

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New job site in Colorado brings together powerful players in experiment worth watching

The Markle Foundation, LinkedIn and the state of Colorado team up on a jobs site that seeks to create a common, skills-based language among job seekers, employers and education providers.

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Early success for Colorado's broad set of remedial reforms

Colorado's fix for remedial education is multipronged rather than heavy-handed, and it seems to be working.

U. of Colorado flummoxes companies promising in-state tuition to out-of-state students

Two Colorado companies promised to help out-of-state students get in-state tuition. Then the University of Colorado cracked down.

Colorado colleges can double-count merit scholars to grow non-resident enrollment

New Colorado law – nominally about merit scholarships – is a backdoor way to let public universities enroll more out-of-state students without raising the state’s statutory cap on out-of-state students.

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Prior learning assessment catches on, quietly

Prior learning assessment could be higher education's next big disruptive force, and ACE and CAEL are poised to catch that potential gold rush. But many remain skeptical about academic credit for work experience.

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Colorado’s First 2-Year Engineering Program Announced

Front Range Community College will be the first community college in Colorado to offer a two-year engineering degree program, starting in summer 2022, the Boulder Daily Camera reported.

The new associate of engineering science degree will allow students to transfer to the University of Colorado, Colorado State University or Colorado School of Mines to continue their engineering education or work as engineering technicians in the field, said Christy Gomez, the college’s engineering coordinator.

Front Range CC students who wanted to pursue engineering degrees previously had to transfer before they earned an associate degree, or they had to complete an associate of science degree, which forced them to take extra courses not required by local university engineering programs.

College administrators say the goal of the new degree option is to create a pathway to support community college students who might not otherwise pursue engineering and to increase diversity in the field.

“We’re aiming to increase representation in the engineering workforce, and having this program in place will allow for that,” Gomez told the Daily Camera. “It’s really strengthened our relationship with the universities so they can have confidence our students are learning the curriculum needed to be successful.”

While the program is a first for Colorado, a number of community colleges across the country offer two-year engineering programs, including the Community College of Baltimore County, Monroe Community College in New York and Catawba Valley Community College in North Carolina, among others.

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Colorado funding formula includes incentives for enrolling and graduating students from minority groups

Colorado has become the latest among a handful of states to give colleges financial incentives to increase student diversity, but the new funding formula's impact remains unclear.

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States showing some progress on closing racial equity gaps

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States focused on closing racial gaps in college achievement are seeing progress, but more can be done.

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