Colorado Completes! Moving the needle on student success

It’s one thing to enroll in college. The bigger challenge often is ensuring that students stick it out and graduate in a timely manner. For first generation, low income or other underrepresented students the challenges are even greater.

Many programs at Colorado’s public institutions of higher education are moving the needle on student success by providing support systems necessary for all students successfully complete postsecondary work. 

During the month of October the Colorado Department of Higher Education is celebrating these programs through campus events and visits by Lt. Gov. Garcia, who serves as the Department's executive director, in a new campaign called Colorado Completes! Successful postsecondary completion is at the heart of Colorado’s higher education master plan. Read the proclamation. (Photo source: University of Colorado, LEAD Scholars Program)

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two-year programs

Learn about programs at some of Colorado's community colleges, from hospital simulations through Pueblo Community College to a range of wraparound student support services.


four-year programs

One four-year campus offers University 101, another Academic Neighborhoods to aid underserved students and then there's PRIME (above) at Western State Colorado University.


campus events

Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education, will visit campus programs with demonstrated results in October.


Media & news coverage

Community College of Aurora’s Transfer-focused Student Success Center Also Merits Visit from Colorado’s Lieutenant Governor, CCCS Connections, Nov. 25, 2014

Lieutenant Governor Witnesses How Partnership Between St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center and Pueblo Community College Results in Completion by Engaging Students in Real World Learning, CCCS Connections, Nov. 25, 2014

Lt. Governor Recognizes Western's Student Success Programs, Western State Colorado University, Oct. 28, 2014

Lt. Gov. praises two college programs, Pueblo Chieftain, Oct. 25, 2014

PCC classes rank tops in state, KOAA, Oct. 24, 2014

Aims Celebrates Catalyst Program with Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, Aims Community College, Oct. 23, 2014

Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia visits Greeley, says confidence, sense of belonging key to improving minority college graduation rates, Greeley Tribune, Oct. 22, 2014

University 101: Supporting Transition To College, University of Northern Colorado, Oct. 16, 2014

Timing is everything for Community College of Aurora dual track students, Aurora Sentinel, Oct. 16, 2014

Lt. Gov. Garcia commends programs at increasing student success, University of Colorado Boulder, Oct. 13, 2014

Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia to visit UNC Oct. 22, University of Northern Colorado, Oct. 13, 2014

Colorado colleges get double the help to improve student success, Denver Business Journal, Oct. 8, 2014

CSU celebrates progress retaining at-risk students, Coloradoan, Oct. 5, 2014

Colorado State University showcases student success Oct. 8, Colorado State University, Oct. 3, 2014

EDITORIAL: Colorado Completes, Pueblo Chieftain, Sept. 24, 2014

Aims, UNC picked for campus visits by Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, Greeley Tribune, Sept. 23, 2014

Timely college completion celebrated, Pueblo Chieftain, Sept. 23, 2014

PCC, CSU-Pueblo recognized, Pueblo Chieftain, Sept. 23, 2014

More information

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