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Bill: SB14-001
Title: College Affordability Act
Official Summary

For fiscal years 2014-15 through 2015-16, the bill reduces from
9% to 6% the amount by which a governing board of a state institution of
higher education may increase undergraduate, resident tuition; except that
the Colorado school of mines may increase its tuition by the greater of 6%
or twice the inflation rate. If a governing board wants to increase tuition
by more than 6%, it must first receive authorization from the Colorado
commission on higher education by submitting a financial and
accountability plan.
The bill appropriates additional moneys to the department of
higher education for financial aid, the college opportunity fund program,
and the state institutions of higher education.

Senate SponsorsA. Kerr (D)
C. Jahn (D)
House SponsorsM. McLachlan (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/01/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room

Bill: SB14-004
Title: Community College Four-year Programs
Official Summary

The bill allows the state board for community colleges and
occupational education (state board) to seek approval from the Colorado
commission on higher education (CCHE) for technical, career, and
workforce development bachelor of applied science degree programs that
may be offered at community colleges within the state system. Among
other things, the state board must show workforce and student demand for
the degree program and cost-effectiveness to the student and the system.
The CCHE may approve bachelor of applied science degree
programs that meet criteria established in the bill. Among other factors,
the CCHE shall consider whether the bachelor of applied science degree
program proposed by the state board is sufficiently distinguishable from
an existing degree program at a state 4-year institution of higher
education in the community college's geographic service area or whether
the degree program could be delivered in the community college's service
area through a statewide transfer agreement with a state 4-year institution
of higher education. The state board may then authorize the establishment
of an approved bachelor of applied science degree program at a
community college within the state system.
Additionally, CCHE may approve technical, career, and workforce
development bachelor of applied science degree programs at Aims
community college after considering the same factors as those that apply
to the approval of bachelor of applied science degree programs at other
community colleges. Among other things, Aims community college must
demonstrate workforce and student demand for the degree program and
cost-effectiveness to the student and to Aims community college. The bill
expands the role and mission of Aims community college to permit the
bachelor of applied science degree programs.
Finally, the bill expands the role and mission of Western state
Colorado university to allow the university to provide basic skills courses
directly in Chaffee and Gunnison counties and to receive resident credit
for those basic skills courses.

Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
House SponsorsJ. Wilson (R)
J. May (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (02/27/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room

Bill: SB14-114
Title: Student Access To CSU Global Campus
Official Summary

The bill amends the role and mission of Colorado state university
global - campus on-line university to permit baccalaureate degree
programs instead of upper-division baccalaureate completion degree
programs.

Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
House SponsorsM. Hamner (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/02/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
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