Roles & Missions

Adams State University
Colorado State University
Colorado State University-Pueblo
Community College System
Fort Lewis College
Colorado Mesa University
Metropolitan State University of Denver
University of Colorado
University of Northern Colorado


Adams State University (Article 23-51-101)

There is hereby established a college at Alamosa, to be known as Adams State University, which shall be a general baccalaureate institution with moderately selective admission standards. Adams State University shall offer undergraduate liberal arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and business degree programs, a limited number of master's level programs, and two-year transfer programs with a community college role and mission. Adams State University shall not offer vocational education programs. Adams State University shall receive resident credit for two-year course offerings in its commission-approved service area. Adams State University has a significant responsibility to provide access to teacher education in rural Colorado. Adams State University shall also serve as a regional education provider. In addition, Adams State University shall offer programs, when feasible, that preserve and promote the unique history and culture of the region.

Source: L. 2003: Entire article R&RE, p. 776, § 4, effective July 1.

Colorado State University (Article 23-31-101)

There is hereby established a university at Fort Collins to be known as Colorado state university. Colorado state university shall be a comprehensive graduate research university with selective admission standards offering a comprehensive array of baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degree programs. Consistent with the tradition of land grant universities, Colorado state university has exclusive authority to offer graduate and undergraduate programs in agriculture, forestry, natural resources, and veterinary medicine. The Colorado commission on higher education, in consultation with the board of governors of the Colorado state university system, shall designate those graduate level programs that are the primary responsibility of Colorado state university. Colorado state university has the responsibility to provide on a statewide basis, utilizing when possible and appropriate the faculty and facilities of other educational institutions, those graduate level programs. The commission shall include in its funding recommendations a level of general fund support for these programs.

Source: L. 2007: Entire article amended with relocations, p. 524, § 2, effective August 3.

Colorado State University-Pueblo (Article 23-31.5-101)

There is hereby established a university at Pueblo, to be known as Colorado state university - Pueblo, which shall be a regional, comprehensive university, with moderately selective admissions standards. The university shall offer a broad array of baccalaureate programs with a strong professional focus and a firm grounding in the liberal arts and sciences. The university shall also offer selected master's-level graduate programs.

Source: L. 2007: Entire article added with relocations, p. 547, § 3, effective August 3.

Community College System (Article 23-60-102)

(1) The general assembly hereby finds and declares that the state board for community colleges and occupational education is charged to develop and establish state policy for occupational education and to govern the state system of community colleges. The board shall be responsible for the establishment of statewide vocational education policy for all the entities which provide that education and shall coordinate all aspects of vocational education in the state to assure quality programming and efficient delivery of such education.

(2) In its role as the governing authority for the state system of community colleges, the board shall assure a system of two-year program delivery throughout the state coordinated, where appropriate, with the local district colleges. In order to assist the board in carrying out its responsibilities, the general assembly hereby provides for the establishment of local councils to advise the board on the operation of individual community and junior colleges from a local perspective.

(3) The function of the two-year college system is to conduct occupational, technical, and community service programs with no term limitations and general education, including college transfer programs with unrestricted admissions. It is further the intent of this article to develop appropriate occupational education and adult education programs in these and other postsecondary educational institutions, to maintain and expand occupational education programs in the elementary and secondary schools of the state permitting local school districts already having vocational schools to continue to operate them, and to develop work study and on-the-job training programs designed to acquaint youth with the world of work and to train and retrain youth and adults for employment. The general assembly intends that state agencies concerned with occupational education in the public schools shall cooperate with the board in planning and implementing occupational education programs, to the end that the state of Colorado has complete and well-balanced occupational and adult education programs available to the people of Colorado at all educational levels.

Source: L. 67: p. 437, § 2. C.R.S. 1963: § 124-26-2. L. 86: Entire section R&RE, p. 837, § 1, effective April 14.

Colorado School of Mines (Article 23-41-105)

There is hereby established a school at Golden, to be known as the Colorado school of mines. The school of mines shall be a specialized baccalaureate and graduate research institution with high admission standards. The Colorado school of mines shall have a unique mission in energy, mineral, and material science and engineering and associated engineering and science fields. The school shall be the primary institution of higher education offering energy, mineral, and material science and mineral engineering degrees at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Source: G.L. § 2432. L. 1881: p. 219, § 1. G.S. § 3102. R.S. 08: § 6019. C.L. § 8038. CSA: C. 145, § 5. CRS 53: § 124-9-5. C.R.S. 1963: § 124-9-5. L. 85: Entire section R&RE, p. 764, § 8, effective July 1.

Fort Lewis College (Article 23-52-101)

(1) There is hereby established a college at Durango, to be known as Fort Lewis college, which shall be a public liberal arts college, with selective admission standards with a historic and continuing commitment to Native American education. In addition, the college may offer professional programs and a limited number of graduate programs to serve regional needs. The center of southwest studies provides a valuable regional, national, and international resource.

(2) (a) Fort Lewis college shall be a regional education provider and shall have two-year authority only for an associate of arts degree in agricultural science.

(b) The Colorado commission on higher education shall, in consultation with the board of trustees of Fort Lewis college, establish the criteria for designation as a regional education provider.

Source: L. 71: R&RE, p. 1182, § 1. C.R.S. 1963: § 124-14-1. L. 2002: Entire section R&RE, p. 1251, § 2, effective July 1; entire part amended, p. 1242, § 11, effective August 7. L. 2005: (1) amended, p. 510, § 1, effective May 12. L. 2009: (2)(a) amended, (SB 09-043), ch. 284, p. 1293 § 2, effective May 20.

Colorado Mesa University (Article 23-53-101)

There is hereby established a college at Grand Junction, to be known as Colorado Mesa University, which shall be a general baccalaureate and graduate institution with moderately selective admission standards. Colorado Mesa University shall offer liberal arts and sciences, professional, and technical degree programs and a limited number of graduate programs. Colorado Mesa University shall also maintain a community college role and mission, including career and technical education programs. Colorado Mesa University shall receive resident credit for two-year course offerings in its commission-approved service area. Colorado Mesa University shall also serve as a regional education provider.

Source: L. 2003: Entire article R&RE, p. 780, § 5, effective July 1. L. 2010: Entire section amended, (SB 10-079), ch. 153, p. 528, § 1, effective August 11.

Metropolitan State University of Denver (Article 23-54-101)

There is hereby established a college at Denver, to be known as Metropolitan State University of Denver, which shall be a comprehensive institution with modified open admission standards at the baccalaureate level; except that nontraditional students at the baccalaureate level who are at least twenty years of age shall only have as an admission requirement a high school diploma, a GED high school equivalency certificate, or the equivalent thereof. Metropolitan State University of Denver shall offer a variety of liberal arts and science, technical, and educational programs. The college may offer a limited number of professional programs. In furtherance of its role and mission, Metropolitan State University of Denver may offer master's degree programs that address the needs of its urban service area.

Source: L. 2002: Entire article R&RE, p. 1276, § 2, effective July 1. L. 2009: Entire section amended, (HB 09-1295), ch. 233, p. 1069, § 1, effective August 5.

University of Colorado (Article 23-20-101)

(1) The role and mission of the several campuses of the university of Colorado shall be as follows:

(a) The Boulder campus of the university of Colorado shall be a comprehensive graduate research university with selective admission standards. The Boulder campus of the university of Colorado shall offer a comprehensive array of undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degree programs. The Boulder campus of the university of Colorado has exclusive authority to offer graduate programs in law. The Colorado commission on higher education, in consultation with the board of regents, shall designate those graduate level programs that are the primary responsibility of the Boulder campus of the university of Colorado. The university has the responsibility to provide on a statewide basis, utilizing when possible and appropriate the faculty and facilities of other educational institutions, those graduate level programs. The commission shall include in its funding recommendations a level of general fund support for these programs.

(b) The Denver campus of the university of Colorado shall be an urban comprehensive undergraduate and graduate research university with selective admission standards. The Denver campus shall offer baccalaureate, master's, and a limited number of doctoral degree programs, emphasizing those that serve the needs of the Denver metropolitan area. The Denver campus has statewide authority to offer graduate programs in public administration and exclusive authority in architecture and planning.

(c) The Colorado Springs campus of the university of Colorado shall be a comprehensive baccalaureate university with selective admission standards. The Colorado Springs campus shall offer liberal arts and sciences, business, engineering, health sciences, and teacher preparation undergraduate degree programs, and a selected number of master's and doctoral degree programs.

(d) The health sciences center campus of the university of Colorado shall offer specialized baccalaureate, first-professional, master's, and doctoral degree programs in health-related disciplines and professions. It shall be affiliated with the university of Colorado hospital and other health care facilities that offer settings for education, clinical practice, and basic and applied research. It shall have exclusive authority in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and physical therapy.

Source: G.L. § 2748. G.S. § 3438. R.S. 08: § 6933. C.L. § 7996. CSA: C. 169, § 1. CRS 53: § 124-2-1. C.R.S. 1963: § 124-2-1. L. 85: Entire section R&RE, p. 762, § 5, effective July 1. L. 89: (1)(b) amended, p. 1013, § 5, effective July 1. L. 2003: Entire section amended, p. 2593, § 1, effective July 1.

University of Northern Colorado (Article 23-40-101)

(1) There is hereby established a university at Greeley, to be known as the university of northern Colorado. The university shall be a comprehensive baccalaureate and specialized graduate research university with selective admission standards.

(2) The university of northern Colorado shall be the primary institution for undergraduate and graduate degree programs for educational personnel preparation in the state of Colorado. The university shall offer master's and doctoral programs primarily in the field of education. The university has the responsibility to offer on a statewide basis, utilizing where possible and appropriate the faculty and facilities of other educational institutions, those graduate-level programs needed by professional educators and education administrators. The Colorado commission on higher education shall include in its funding recommendations an appropriate level of general fund support for those programs.

(3) As part of its mission as a graduate research university specializing in programs for educational personnel, the university of northern Colorado shall include the education innovation institute created in section 23-40-106 for the purposes described in section 23-40-106 (2).

Source: L. 1889: p. 409, § 1. R.S. 08: § 6125. C.L. § 8153. CSA: C. 155, § 1. CRS 53: § 124-6-1. C.R.S. 1963: § 124-6-1. L. 85: Entire section R&RE, p. 763, § 7, effective July 1. L. 2003: Entire section amended, p. 2595, § 3, effective July 1. L. 2009: Entire section amended, (SB 09-032), ch. 13, p. 80, § 2, effective August 5.

(Article 23-56-101)

There is hereby established a college at Gunnison, which shall be known as of Colorado. of Colorado shall be a general baccalaureate institution with moderately selective admission standards. of Colorado shall offer undergraduate liberal arts and sciences, teacher preparation, and business degree programs and a limited number of graduate programs. of Colorado shall also serve as a regional education provider.

Source: L. 2003: Entire article R&RE, p. 784, § 6, effective July 1. L. 2007: Entire section amended, p. 43, § 1, effective March 9.

 

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