In collaboration with colleges and universities across the state, Gov. Jared Polis and the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) released a “roadmap” to making higher education more affordable.
The plan outlines short-, medium- and long-term steps toward that goal.
Immediate steps include creating an online dashboard where students can easily see the costs of higher education institutions. The state also wants to reduce the cost of textbooks and other materials, and expand concurrent enrollment opportunities for high school students, to help them earn college and vocational degrees in less time.
“About 75 percent of all Colorado jobs and 97 percent of top ones — those that pay a living wage and have high growth rates — require a postsecondary credential,” CDHE noted in a statement announcing the plan.
CDHE aims to increase post-secondary educational attainment among Coloradans from 56.9 to 66 percent by 2025.