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September 25, 2009
Crowding at Metro forces tough conversations
The “trailer park” that has popped up on the Auraria campus to handle overcrowding at Metropolitan State College of Denver is symbolic of some…
September 11, 2009
Ritter names interim higher ed director
Gov. Bill Ritter Friday named Inta Morris interim director of the Department of Higher Education, for the moment replacing David Skaggs, whose last day also was Friday.
September 10, 2009
Stats give stark view of higher ed challenges
The good news is that in terms of degrees given for dollars spent, Colorado’s state colleges and universities are very efficient. The bad news is that such a system probably isn’t up to the challenges of the future.
September 8, 2009
Benson and Blake on higher ed’s future
Bruce Benson and Joe Blake are pragmatists – and optimists. State college and universities are facing their second major financial crisis in less than a decade. But, during a wide-ranging conversation with Education News Colorado, the two higher ed leaders expressed faith in their institutions’ ability to manage the crisis and hope that the state system will have better prospects in the future.
September 2, 2009
Endowment plunges causing college cutbacks
Endowed chairs. Scholarships. Research supplies. These are but a few things paid for through the generous contributions of donors to Colorado’s public and private colleges…
August 31, 2009
Skaggs out, higher ed master plan postponed
The Sept. 21 "summit" designed to kick off an 18-month process of creating a new higher education master plan has been postponed, probably until October. David Skaggs, director of the Department of Higher Education, resigned Friday, leaving the agency with a vacancy at a time of great stress and uncertainty for the state's colleges and universities. Skaggs was the main public voice pushing the master plan, and idea that has been questioned by some university presidents.
July 29, 2009
Time to cut dear old CU loose?
Denver lawyer Herbert Fenster had a surefire way to get the attention of the Long-Term Fiscal Stability Commission Wednesday – he suggested privatizing the University of Colorado’s Boulder campus and said he’s planning to file a federal lawsuit challenging the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights.
July 28, 2009
Fiscal stability panel saves worst for last
The legislator-citizen commission that’s studying the state fiscal system had a long day of state agency briefings Tuesday but didn’t take on two of the most serious financial issues – government employee pensions and higher education – until the end of the agenda.
July 9, 2009
Higher ed budget back in play
Colorado will seek a waiver from federal stimulus rules that require a minimum level of state support for higher education, the Colorado Commission on Higher Education learned Thursday.
June 11, 2009
Ritter: Money not sole answer for higher ed woes
The present financial crisis in higher education may be an opportunity for meaningful reform, Gov. Bill Ritter told an audience of educators and administrators Thursday.
June 10, 2009
Make room for another study
The calendar for the next few months already is packed with education finance studies, but it looks like one more is going to be added to the list, this one focused on higher education.
May 8, 2009
A father in higher education chastises Joel Klein on the freeze
A father of one of the frozen-out teachers-to-be who works in higher education sent us a letter today that he requested we forward to Schools Chancellor Joel Klein. The letter chastises Klein for essentially revoking hiring decisions so late in the school year, long after many teachers-to-be have already found apartments and stopped looking for other jobs. The father writes that in higher education, "we take care not to waver from the commitments that we have made to our people and new hires," despite serious budget pressures. He asks why the New York City public schools would not do the same. The father gave me permission to publish the letter in partially edited form to keep his and his child's identity anonymous. UPDATE: Klein just wrote to me in an e-mail that he hopes to find fall jobs for teachers in the program this man's child is in, Math For America. "We will work with them to find them jobs," Klein wrote. "We said at the outset there would be exceptions — e.g. new schools — and this is a group that we want to place given their training and support and our challenges in finding math teachers." Math For America places recent college graduates and career-changers who are talented at math in inner-city schools. Fellows in the program have to make a five-year commitment to teaching in public schools, in exchange for close mentoring and support from master teachers in the program. Here's the father's letter to Klein:
May 5, 2009
Study: College stipends a failure
The state’s five-year-old system of stipends for residents who attend state colleges has met only one of its original goals, according to a study by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.
May 5, 2009
Highed ed flex bill dies
Senate Bill 09-295, the higher education financial flexibility bill, died in the Colorado Senate Wednesday on the last day of the 2007 legislative session. What killed it was a House provision that would have given community and four-year colleges the ability to seek local property and sales taxes.
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