Higher Ed Press Clips May 2013

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May 1, 2013

Ed News Colorado:
College merit aid bill on fast track –
The House Tuesday evening gave preliminary approval to a bill that would provide a modest reintroduction of state merit scholarships, a program that hasn’t existed for years because of budget cuts.  The bill has the backing of the powerful University of Colorado lobby and is sponsored by the majority and minority leaders in the House. Preliminary House consideration of the bill consumed all of three minutes, including adoption of an amendment.  The bill does two things. First, it allows state colleges to adjust their ratio of resident and non-resident students in order to admit more non-residents, thereby raising more revenue from out-of-state tuition, part of which can be recycled into merit scholarships for high-achieving Colorado students.  The second part of the bill would allocate $3 million in state funds for merit scholarships, money that would be spread among state colleges and universities. The floor amendment adopted Tuesday would restrict the scholarships to students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their classes and have a 3.7 grade point average. The minimum award would be $2,500 a year.  The Department of Higher Education reportedly still has concerns with the bill, so Senate debate on the measure could be interesting. If the House gives the bill final approval on Wednesday, it could be considered by a Senate committee this week.

CMC to award first four-year degrees –
Colorado Mountain College this week will award 58 bachelor’s degrees — a first for the community college that has 11 campuses in the central and northern mountains.
The 2010 legislature gave CMC the power to award four-year degrees in a limited number of fields, and the college launched programs in business administration and sustainability studies in the fall of 2011. The students graduating this week combined previous credits with CMC studies to earn their degrees.

Boulder Daily Camera:
CU-Boulder proposes general engineering degree –
The University of Colorado regents Tuesday will hear about early plans for a general engineering degree program at the Boulder campus with the goal of training more science, math, engineering and technology teachers as well as increasing the number of women enrolling in the college. Ultimately, the regents will need to vote on whether to approve the new bachelor's degree program, called "general engineering plus." CU Provost Russell Moore said that vote is on track to happen at the board's June meeting in Colorado Springs. A memo to the board from CU Chancellor Phil DiStefano says the purpose of the degree program is to provide students a design-rich core engineering curriculum.

The Trinidad Times:
Scholarship to offer cash back to students; First Choice grant tied to high school performance –
A new scholarship program at TSJC will allow income-qualified students to go to college full time and reward them with cash back at the end of the semester. The First Choice Scholarship program is available now for students who want to enroll at either TSJC’s Trinidad or Alamosa campus for the fall semester of 2013.  Dr. Charles Bohlen, TSJC’s interim president, said the college was trying to attract more first-time students by offering more financial incentives than other schools.

Pell Grants Shouldn’t Pay for Remedial –
Everyone, from President Barack Obama to U.S. Representative Paul Ryan to Bill Gates, seems to have an idea for improving the Federal Pell Grant Program for higher education.  Worthy though some of these efforts may be, none reveals the crux of the problem: A huge proportion of this $40 billion annual federal investment is flowing to people who simply aren’t prepared to do college-level work. And this is perverting higher education’s mission, suppressing completion rates and warping the country’s K-12 system.

May 2-6, 2013

Denver Post:
CSU approves 9 percent tuition hike in 2013-14 for Fort Collins –
Colorado State University's Board of Governors Friday approved a 9 percent tuition increase on its Fort Collins campus for the 2013-14 school year.  With the $619 boost, a resident undergraduate student will pay $7,494 next year. Also, student fees for next year were increased by 2.6 percent, or $22.75, for a total of $1,729.
CSU-Pueblo was able to hold the line on tuition increases, with residents students again paying $4,894 next year. "I know it's a subjective discussion, talking about higher education and access and similar things, and people have differing opinions," CSU president Tony Frank said. "Looking at the national picture and our peer institutions, I feel comfortable with where Colorado State University is in terms of costs and the value of the education."

(Op-Ed – Bruce D. Benson) Should community colleges in Colorado be allowed to offer four-year degrees? No –
Community colleges play a vital role in Colorado's higher education system. They not only prepare workforce-ready graduates with two-year associates degrees and various training and licensure programs, but also provide a foundation for students who transfer to four-year universities. I have long been a supporter of community colleges, from my time chairing the Colorado Commission on Higher Education in the 1980s to my current role at the University of Colorado.

University of Colorado Hospital tries to make its new ER run more like The Gap –
At midafternoon on a recent weekday, the vast waiting area at University of Colorado Hospital's new emergency room is empty. Missing are the dozens of patients who crowd a typical ER lobby, often waiting more than an hour to see a doctor. Empty, though, does not mean idle.  Behind secured doors, a warren of treatment rooms is packed with complaints of chest pain, dizziness and earaches, some of the 230 patients University Hospital's ER will see on a given day.  That's just the way the design team wants it. They meticulously planned the space to employ retail magic alongside medical miracles, putting the hospital at the forefront of a national movement to deliver health care with industrial efficiency.

(Op-Ed – Vincent Carroll) You can’t mandate conservative profs –
University of Colorado Regent Jim Geddes believes "conservative scholars just aren't welcome" on the Boulder campus and told fellow board members last week that "we need to take an active approach and diversify our faculty." Well, good luck with that, Dr. Geddes. You couldn't have signed onto a more hopeless cause if you were proposing to rename Dalton Trumbo Fountain — which honors an unapologetic supporter of a totalitarian regime — for George W. Bush.

Ed News Colorado:
Rocky Friday for Education Bills –
Lawmakers start running out of cash near the end of every legislative session, and that problem led to the defeat of three education-related bills Friday.  Another measure, a University of Colorado-backed bill on merit scholarships, lost its $3 million in funding, had a rocky committee hearing but was advanced to the floor.  That proposal, House Bill 13-1320, provided the liveliest education event of the day.  The bill, which seems primarily to benefit CU-Boulder, would allow state colleges and universities to tinker with the ratio of resident and out-of-state students and use part of the tuition income from additional non-residents to provide merit scholarships for top Colorado kids. (In general state schools must maintain resident undergraduate enrollment of at least 55 percent and have no more than 45 percent out-of-staters. Only Boulder and the Colorado School of Mines are approaching their limits.)

Boulder Daily Camera:
ASSET bill will help Boulder-area undocumented students get to college –
Whitney's parents brought her over the border from Mexico when she was 2.  Now a junior at Boulder High, the undocumented student is working out her college plans -- plans that became more likely to become reality after Gov. John Hickenlooper last week signed the ASSET bill into law, ending a 10-year push to provide in-state tuition rates to undocumented Colorado college students.  "It's going to open more doors to us," said Whitney, who asked that her last name be withheld because of the volatility around immigration reform and to protect her family. "We're being treated equal."

Denver Business Journal:
Jake Jabs to donate $10M to CU Denver business school –
Jake Jabs, founder and CEO of American Furniture Warehouse, has pledged a $10 million donation to the University of Colorado Denver Business School for its entrepreneurship center, CU Denver said Wednesday.  The gift is the largest in CU Denver's history.  With the donation, the Richard H. and Pamela S. Bard Center for Entrepreneurship will be renamed the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship.

Colorado Springs Gazette:
UCCS, CTU take top honors at national security competition –
Teams representing two local colleges took first and second place at the 2013 National Security Innovation Competition on April 26.  Colorado Technical University students Kelly Hughes and Scott Melton, with adviser Dr. Yanzhen Qu, took first place with their project 'A Novel Method to Detect the Zero-day Variant Malware and its Application on Mobile Devices. '  University of Colorado at Colorado Springs students Raoul Johnson, Claude Burns and Brian Heflin, with adviser Dr. Terrance Boult, took second place with their project 'Vaulted Voice Verification. '  The teams won $10,000 and $5,000 respectively.

Inside Higher Ed:
The Common Core on Campus – Common Core curriculum for K-12 could have far-reaching effects on higher education –
For traditional college freshmen, the gap between high school and college is easy to step across -- a few months, at the most, between graduating from one institution and enrolling at another. For those institutions, though, the distance between K-12 and higher education is often more like an unbridgeable chasm.  That’s not for lack of trying. In recent years, states have created "K-16" or "P-20" councils, groups of high-level officials from both systems aiming to align K-12 education with postsecondary goals. Often, though, the councils' work hasn’t taken off, or has devolved through finger-pointing to a stalemate and status quo.

Ed Week:
Early-College-Readiness Assessments for High School Students Growing –
Concern over high school graduates being unprepared for college-level work has educators and policymakers looking for ways to identify learning gaps earlier.   A new review by the Community College Research Center finds some form of early-college-readiness assessments are offered in 38 states, and 29 states have structured interventions to help reduce the need for remedial coursework for incoming college freshman. The paper, Reshaping the College Transition by Elisabeth A. Barnett, Maggie P. Fay, Rachel Hare Bork, Madeline Joy Weiss of Columbia University suggests that the number of state and local initiatives employing these tactics is widespread and growing.

NY Post:
It’s cap & groan time –
The class of ’13 has no luck at all.
As the graduates take to the streets with their six-month grace periods before their student loan debt bills begin arriving, they face a horrific job market.  “At 16.2 percent, the March 2013 unemployment rate of workers under age 25 was [roughly] twice as high as the national average,” in the words of a recent report on young people entering the work force.   Young people starting out are normally at a disadvantage because they are trying to establish themselves in a profession. http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/it_cap_groan_time_nO6yKVt81n2qa5mwvMC0PO

May 7-13, 2013

Denver Post:
DPS wants Colorado to make training to teach English learners mandatory –
Three kindergartners waited gleefully as Heather Christman showed them a clear plastic bag filled with miniature cars and blocks.  The children, all English-language learners, had just finished reading the book "My Car." They would use the blocks and the cars to give examples of words they learned: faster, slower, ramp, bridge, over and under.  Christman teaches at Denver's Goldrick Elementary School, where about 70 percent of the students are learning English. She had no experience working with English learners when she moved to Colorado from Alabama eight years ago to begin a teaching career.

University of Colorado revamps fundraising, seeks private boost –
Insisting that "we just have to raise the bar," University of Colorado president Bruce Benson said the school will drastically restructure its fundraising efforts in the face of declining public support and other financial challenges.  A nine-month organizational review by an outside consulting firm found that CU lags behind its peers when it comes to tapping into its 372,608 alumni — even though the school has a comparable pool of wealthy potential donors.

Colorado Springs Gazette:
Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia tells Pikes Peak Community College grads ‘Call your mother’ –
For the first time in seven years, Lt. Governor Joseph Garcia had a homecoming of sorts at Pikes Peak Community College.  But it was also a farewell to a few hundred graduates.  Garcia, who was president of the college from 2001 to 2006, delivered Saturday's commencement address to 377 graduates at New Life Church. Since leaving the college, Garcia has served as the president of Colorado State University, Pueblo and went on to become Gov. Hickenlooper's lieutenant governor and executive director of the state's Department of Higher Education. On Saturday, he congratulated the graduates - 950 students graduated this spring - for their own next steps into the real world.  Garcia gave them three pieces of hard-boiled advice to take with them: First, call your mother, second, don't be a baby, and third, be proud of your accomplishments.

Ed News Colorado:
Finance was top education issue of 2013 –
For education, the 2013 session of the Colorado legislature was all about the money, with two major school finance bills dominating education debates.  Other education bills passed with lower profiles, and the session didn’t feature a major policy bill like the ones that were debated in four of the five previous sessions of the General Assembly.  Other than finance, the highest visibility measure was the ASSET bill, which makes many undocumented students eligible for resident tuition rates. Passage of Senate Bill 13-33 ended more than a decade of efforts to pass such legislation.

Ed Week:
(Blog) GEAR UP Counters Critics, Welcomes Evaluations –
After a policy brief last week called into question the effectiveness of federal college-prep programs, the GEAR UP community defended its work and called for resources to conduct more rigorous evaluations. The National Council for Community and Education Partnerships, a Washington-based nonprofit that provides training, technical assistance, and advocacy support to the GEAR UP program, issued a written response to a brief by researchers from Princeton University and the Brookings Institution. That brief proposed an overhaul of college-access programs for disadvantaged students. It called the current programs "mostly failed" and "interspersed with modest successes."  The researchers advocated rolling the $1 billion spent annually on TRIO programs and GEAR UP into one pool that would be awarded through a competitive-grant process. To keep their money, entities would have to prove their programs had a positive impact on college access and completion.

Inside Higher Ed:
Idea Whose Time Has Come? – Political winds shift on federal unit records database –
Right after the election in November, it seemed that Congressional Republicans and the Obama administration had reached a rare policy consensus: both supported requiring colleges to disclose more information about graduates’ outcomes in general, and a bill from Senators Marco Rubio and Ron Wyden that would require the disclosure of salary data (among other statistics) in particular.  But the latest version of that bill, introduced Thursday, revives one of the more politically controversial policy proposals in higher education. Like the previous version introduced in the last Congress, the legislation, the Student Right to Know Before You Go Act, would require colleges to collect and disaggregate more data for the federal government. Colleges would make information public about students’ salaries by major and program; graduation and remediation rates; success rates for students who receive a Pell Grant or veterans’ benefits; and other benchmarks not currently collected in such detail.

May 14, 2013

Rocky Mountain Collegian:
CSU announces $1.5 million Venture Capital Fund –
In an email addressed to the Colorado State University community, it was announced Mon. May 13 that $1.5 million dollars has been approved for the Colorado State University System Venture Capital Fund.  Martin said he has helped two other Universities through similar programs and has seen great success.  This program is intended to provide funding for ideas that otherwise wouldn’t get a second look, according to CSU System Chancellor Mike Martin.  Anyone, even individuals, students and employees can submit ideas to the CSU Systems Office for review, but they must be connected to the CSU community. Kyle Henley, CSU’s director of  Denver public relations, said this is a way to bring out the ideas that may otherwise, may not surface from those at the university.

Inside Higher Ed:
Federal Spending That Works – Labor Department grants may be paying off for community colleges and students –
Most community colleges could easily put federal grant money to good use plugging up budget holes after years of slashing by states. But the U.S. Department of Labor’s $2 billion in workforce development funding for the sector was designed to encourage two-year colleges to make lasting, ambitious changes instead of just back-filling budgets. And that approach seems to be working.  The 15 community colleges in Massachusetts, for example, have shared $20 million from the Labor Department to create new or redesigned credentials, which are aimed at unemployed or underemployed adults.

LA Times:
(Op-Ed) Closing California’s education gap –
California has proved to be a land of opportunity where hard work delivers prosperity and nurtures innovation. Its human capital has helped the state develop into the world's ninth-largest economy, which attracts nearly half of the venture capital in the nation.  But this opportunity and success have not reached everyone, and the California dream is in danger of slipping away.  Today, California ranks first in the country in the number of working low-income families. "Working Hard, Left Behind," a new study conducted by the Campaign for College Opportunity, found that millions in the state are working hard but are increasingly left behind. More than a third of California's working families are considered low income, earning less than $45,397 a year for a family of four.

May 15, 2013

Denver Post:
CU president Bruce Benson wants to break protocol to hire fundraiser –
University of Colorado president Bruce Benson wants to cut through the red tape when hiring a new head of fundraising.  "You can do all the processes you want — I'm not into processes. I'm into getting things done," Benson said.  In a special meeting Wednesday, he'll ask the Board of Regents for permission to deviate from standard search procedures when hiring someone to lead the school's revamped fundraising programs.  "We need to get going. We're moving people already. We need to have the structure in place. We need to have the manager. We need to hire the people who are going to be on the campuses," he said.

CMC teams up with DU to offer master’s degree in social work –
Colorado Mountain College and the University of Denver are working together to bring a master’s degree in social work to Garfield County.  The Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver has recently started enrolling students into its Master of Social Work program in western Colorado. Colorado Mountain College will host the program at its Glenwood Center, 1402 Blake Avenue, behind the City Market, in Glenwood Springs.  Classes will start in fall 2013. Available spots are already being filled.  “By partnering with the University of Denver, we’re able to help empower our local residents with greater access, so they can earn an advanced degree from a well-respected university,” said Dr. Charles Dassance, interim president of Colorado Mountain College. “Not only will this degree prepare people for careers in social services, it will provide the highly educated professionals to meet a very real need in western Colorado communities.”

Vail Daily:
Healthy opportunities at Colorado Mountain College –
The Colorado Health Foundation has awarded Colorado Mountain College a two-year grant of $559,276 to seed the proposed new Bachelor of Science in nursing degree.  Since the mid-1990s, Colorado Mountain College has offered the Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing, which enables graduates to be eligible to take the National Council Licensing Exam to obtain a license as a registered nurse. A bachelor’s degree in nursing provides the education that can open up opportunities for greater career advancement and higher salary options.

The Coloradoan:
CSU’s Frank 99th on list of nation’s top-paid university presidents –
Called “a rising star on the national higher education stage,” Colorado State University President Tony Frank is the highest paid among university executives in Colorado, data released by The Chronicle of Higher Education shows.  Taking up his post at the Fort Collins campus in November 2008, Frank made $452,278 in the 2012 fiscal year, building upon a base pay of $392,000. Numbers in the Chronicle’s report are dated, however, and don’t reflect his most-recent contract with the CSU System Board of Governors.  Approved in February, Frank’s new base salary is $450,000 annually with $25,000 step increases set for 2015 and 2016.  Frank’s income surpasses the likes of University of Colorado Boulder President Bruce Benson, who brought in $383,600 in 2012, according to the report.

Ed News Colorado:
Voices: Reducing the need for remedial ed –
The executive director of Colorado GEAR UP, Scott Mendelsberg, highlights attempts around the state to prepare students for college and reduce the need for remediation.  I believe more attention needs to be paid to the work now being done in K-12 districts and on college campuses across Colorado to reduce the need for remedial courses and to lessen the time students spend in these classes.  These efforts are thoughtful, bold – and unprecedented in our state’s history.

Inside Higher Ed:
Could Class Trump Race? –
College officials are anxiously awaiting a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on whether they may continue to consider race and ethnicity in admissions decisions. Many expect the court to limit the consideration of race, and some fear an outright ban.  But a study that will be published this summer in the Harvard Law & Policy Review suggests that class-based affirmative action could yield more spots not only for students from low-income backgrounds, but also for underrepresented minority students -- without the consideration of race. The study could be significant because it uses a different way of identifying talent from low-income groups. Further, experiments with this system at the University of Colorado at Boulder have found that it increases racial diversity of the admitted applicant pool. The most common critique of class-based affirmative action to date has been that it results in a decrease in the number of minority applicants who are admitted.

PEW Research Hispanic Center:
Hispanic High School Graduates Pass Whites in Rate of College Enrollment –
A record seven-in-ten (69%) Hispanic high school graduates in the class of 2012 enrolled in college that fall, two percentage points higher than the rate (67%) among their white counterparts, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.  This milestone is the result of a long-term increase in Hispanic college-going that accelerated with the onset of the recession in 2008 (Fry and Lopez, 2012). The rate among white high school graduates, by contrast, has declined slightly since 2008.

May 16, 2013

Denver Post:
Colorado board of education approves new graduation requirements –
The state Board of Education voted unanimously Wednesday to adopt a new set of graduation standards to be phased in over the next seven years.  The new requirements are based on competency in four core subjects, not so-called "seat time" that awards credits to students who pass certain required classes. They offer a wide menu of options for students to meet the minimum standards, ranging from standardized test results to scores on Advanced Placement tests to a variety of yet-to-be-determined measures.  The board heard testimony that objected to the impact of the new standards on local control — and that topic triggered spirited discussion among board members.

Boulder Daily Camera:
CU-Boulder faculty backs students’’ push for reinstatement of reading days –
The Boulder Faculty Assembly at the University of Colorado is on board with students' requests to bring back reading days -- a brief reprieve between the last day of classes and the first day of finals that offers students more time to study.  With a resolution passed earlier this month by the assembly, faculty leaders are requesting that the Boulder campus administration enact a plan for bringing back the reading days, which were phased out about 15 years ago.  The idea surfaced after student leaders this spring passed a resolution asking for the days, saying they don't have enough time to study for finals, which causes students to pull all-nighters, and, in some extreme cases, rely on study drugs.

CU regents give Bruce Benson green light to launch search for chief fundraiser –
The University of Colorado regents voted 7-0 this morning to waive the traditional search for a chief fundraiser, a newly created position that is part of the school's efforts to increase private donations.  Instead, CU President Bruce Benson, the campus chancellors and Chief of Staff Leonard Dinegar will carry out the search for an "executive vice president for advancement" who will be in charge of coordinating fundraising efforts across the CU system.  Typically, the university would have assembled a search committee with faculty, staff and student representatives -- but CU President Bruce Benson said the university needs to move more quickly in making the hire.

CBS Denver 4:
CU Denver Gets Generous Donation From the Shaka Franklin Foundation –
The University of Colorado Denver has received a scholarship donation from Les and Marianne Franklin through the Shaka Franklin Foundation for Youth which will benefit Denver students at the university.  The donation was announced Wednesday morning.  The Franklins, through their foundation, have devoted substantial efforts and resources to helping underserved metro Denver youth develop self-esteem, life skills, and the goal of pursuing higher education.  The donations will establish three scholarships and programs for at-risk youth.

Inside Higher Ed:
Reaching Students Early – NACAC study says counseling can affect students’ college aspirations –
College-going rates could go up significantly if students in high school received counseling as freshmen, and not just when they are juniors and seniors, a new study from the National Association for College Admission Counseling says.  The impact may be greatest on those in groups less likely than others to go to college.

Ed Week:
(Blog) Counseling High School Freshman Can Influence College-Going Rates –
Starting the college talk as early as 9th grade can make a big difference in students' likelihood of enrolling, yet just 18 percent of high school freshmen had spoken to a counselor about college, a new report by the National Association for College Admission Counseling shows.  The Arlington, Va.-based professional group of high school and college counselors discovered a strong connection between the percentage of time that counselors spent on college-readiness activities and students' belief that their family can afford college, even when controlling for several other factors. Students were also more inclined to take the SAT or ACT if they had talked about it with a counselor.

Huffington Post:
13 states Where Student Loan Debt Is Crushing College Grads –
The mountain of U.S. student loan debt is getting taller and taller, and more and more students are falling behind in their payments, according to a recent study.  The number of students who are at least 90 days late on student loan payments has increased to 11.7 percent, up from 8.5 percent in 2011, according to a recent study by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. When you don't include people who have deferred payments through various programs, delinquency rates may actually be as high as 30 percent, according to an separate study by the New York Fed.  There is a significant gap between states with the highest average student loan delinquency rates and those with the lowest. While South Dakota has a delinquency rate of just over 6.5 percent, West Virginia's is approaching three times that. Another 12 states have delinquency rates over 13 percent.

May 17-23, 2013

Denver Post:
Carroll: Big tuition hikes won’t fly in long run –
Year after year, Colorado's colleges and universities have hiked tuition by two or three times inflation, and every year they've said they had no choice given the brutal cuts they were suffering in state funding.  This year has been no different, either, except for one minor glitch in the story: Lawmakers didn't actually cut higher ed funding for fiscal year 2013-14. They boosted it by roughly 6 percent.

Anschutz executive donate $1.5 million to CU School of Medicine –
Craig Slater, chairman of the Anschutz Investment Co., and his wife, Colleen, have donated $1.5 million to the department of ophthalmology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  The money will be used to establish the Slater Family endowed chair in ophthalmology, a position that will be held by Professor Malik Y. Kahook, who is director of clinical and translational research and chief of the glaucoma service at the CU Eye Center.

$41 million gifts fund aging center, engineering school at DU –
The single-largest gift in University of Denver history — nearly $27 million from former chancellor and Board of Trustees chairman Daniel Ritchie — will help fund a new center for the study of aging as well as a school for engineering and computer science. Other donors contributing to the total gift of $41 million are Betty Knoebel, widow of Denver food-service pioneer Ferdinand "Fritz" Knoebel, and the estate of the late William C. Petersen, an alumnus of the DU School of Engineering who had a lengthy career at the Gates Rubber Co. in Denver.

CMU breaks ground on a new academic building –
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - CMU is a fast growing school, but the more it grows the less space it has for students.  That's why it's adding more classrooms.  On Monday officials broke ground on a new academic building.  CMU’s president Tim Foster says this new establishment wouldn't be possible if it weren't for the unique relationship the university has with the city.  With their support CMU can now begin building those essential classrooms, all without raising tuition costs.

New York Times:
Though Enrolling More Poor Students, 2-Year College Get Less of Federal Pie –
Community colleges have received a declining share of government spending on higher education over the last decade even as their student bodies have become poorer and more heavily African-American and Latino, according to a report to be released Thursday.   “Many community colleges end up receiving minimal federal support,” said Richard D. Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation, which is publishing the report. “The kids with the greatest needs receive the fewest resources.”  The report argues that colleges have become increasingly separate and unequal, evoking the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954, which barred racial segregation in elementary and secondary schools. Higher education today, the report says, is stratified between four-year colleges with high graduation rates that serve largely affluent students and community colleges with often dismal graduation rates that serve mostly low-income students.

Inside Higher Ed:
Equity Gap Widens – Two-year colleges serve more disadvantaged students with less money –
Economic and racial stratification is increasing in American higher education, with growing concentrations of needy students at community colleges. Meanwhile, government funding skews toward universities with more advantaged students, due in part to research support and tax breaks.  Those are the findings of a new report from a panel convened by the Century Foundation. The paper, dubbed “Bridging the Higher Education Divide,” includes policy recommendations to address growing inequity in the academy.

May 24-28, 2013

Denver Post:
Court reverses Lobato, finds state school funding constitutional –
The Colorado Supreme Court has found the state's system of funding public schools to be constitutional, handing a bitter defeat to plaintiffs in the so-called Lobato case and raising billion-dollar questions about the direction of school finance.  The 2005 lawsuit, filed by individuals from the San Luis Valley and later joined by districts across the state, contended that Colorado doesn't provide a constitutionally mandated "thorough and uniform" system of public education.  A trial court agreed, but the Supreme Court, on a 4-2 vote announced Tuesday morning, overturned that decision. It found that the current finance system is, in fact, "rationally related" to the thorough and uniform standard.  In its opinion, the court defined that standard as "of a quality marked by completeness, is comprehensive, and is consistent across the state." But it also concluded that such a standard does not demand "absolute equality in the state's provision of educational services, supplies, or expenditures."

Boulder Daily Camera (Associated Press):
CSU, University of Alaska partner on veterinarian degree program –
ANKS, Alaska -- The University of Alaska Fairbanks is finalizing details on a partnership that would establish a new veterinary medicine program by 2015. The proposal would allow the school and Colorado State University to jointly offer a veterinary degree, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Thursday. Under terms of the deal, which is still being worked out, UAF would provide the first two years of graduate-level study and Colorado State would provide the final two.

Aspen Business Journal:
Students get second change at education at Colorado Mountain College –
Mike F. and Brian B. are like many typical college students. They’ve each been taking 15 credits at Colorado Mountain College, working hard to earn good grades, and balancing their studies with outdoor and social activities.  However, this is the second round of college for both students. Their experience the first time around was much different; their education was cut short by substance abuse.  “I needed to get help first and then go back to college,” Mike F. said.

Pueblo Chieftain:
(Opinion – President Svaldi) Colleges can’t test for motivation factor –
The lowest admission index (a combination of test scores and grade point average) among Adams State University freshmen last fall belonged to a young man with a high school GPA of 1.4. However, he’d just completed military service and was determined to make the best use of his G.I. Bill education benefits. He completed his first year of college with a 4.0 GPA.  As a moderately selective university that values educational access, we sometimes walk a fine line in admission decisions. It’s unfair to admit students with a minimal chance of success, especially if they will incur debt. But test scores can’t reveal a person’s motivation or sense of responsibility. 
Who owns college students’ non-success?