Department of Higher Education Mission

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Mission Statement

We support students, advocate and develop policies to maximize higher education opportunities for all.

Vision Statement

All Coloradans will have an education beyond high school to pursue their dreams and improve our communities.

Values 

Collaborative

We work to bridge gaps between partners by facilitating, convening and listening, as a result strengthening our higher education ecosystem.

Collaborate - Latin, collaborat, 'worked with."

Data-Driven

Our robust data collection efforts allow us to identify programs and supports that inform best practices for education providers, so students thrive.

          Data-Driven - 'compelled by data, rather than by intuition or personal experience.'

Inclusive

We set policies and initiate programs that serve ALL students, focusing on students from underrepresented backgrounds to eliminate equity gaps.

Inclusive - Latin, inclusionem, 'act of making a part of.'

Student-Focused

Meeting the needs of students (of all ages) is at the core of everything we do. Adopting a student-focused approach to our actions enables us to be better advocates for student success.

Student-Focused - 'a wide variety of educational programs, learning experiences, instructional approaches and academic-support strategies that are intended to address the distinct learning needs, interests, aspirations, or cultural backgrounds of individual students and groups of students.'

We work with:

Integrity

We are honest brokers, promoting and prioritizing the needs of our students with caring consideration.

Integrity - Latin, integritas, intact, 'being honest and having strong moral principles.'

We work towards:

Fulfillment

We are passionate leaders that seek meaning in work and life. We are curious and pursue opportunities to grow and explore.

Fulfillment - 'the act or process of fulfilling'