Strategic Plan Process

The Colorado Commission on Higher Education is working on a new strategic plan for higher education. The plan serves as a blueprint for aligning the postsecondary ecosystem and enabling best-in-the-nation outcomes. The previous plan, Colorado Rises, identified four strategic goals that accelerated progress toward the state's attainment goal of 66% of our adult population having a postsecondary credential by 2025.

The Commission has created a working group to solicit, gather and explore new information; determine if key concepts from Colorado Rises remain relevant and a priority; and identify if further information or data is needed. The goal is to have a new plan by December 2022.


Strategic Plan Working Group


Dr. Angie Paccione
Dr. Ben Boggs
Dr. Kim Poast
Dr. Chris Rasmussen
Michael Vente
CCHE Vice Chair Sarah Hughes
CCHE Commissioner Berrick Abramson
CCHE Commissioner Josh Scott
CCHE Commissioner Eric Tucker
CCHE Commissioner Jim Wilson
Consultant Inta Morris


The working group intends to rely on trusted partners and allies to help seek, gather, and organize feedback from their counterparts. Below we outline a few of those key Stakeholder Leads already identified. Individual working group members will also continue to seek and welcome feedback directly.


Designated Contacts:

IHE Presidents:

Dr. Andy Feinstein, University of Northern Colorado

Governing Boards:

Elaine Berman, Colorado Trustee Network


Brad Baca, Western Colorado University and CCHE Advisory member

IHE Faculty:

Dr. Melinda Piket-May, CU Boulder and CCHE Faculty Advisor

IHE Academic Counsel:

Dr. Chris Rasmussen, CDHE Senior Director of Academic Pathways and Innovation

Diversity & Equity:

Dr. Roberto Montoya, CDHE Chief Educational Equity Officer

Student Voice:

Daniel Casillas, CCHE Student Advisor

People with Disabilities:

Carl Einhaus, CDHE Senior Director of Student Success and P20 Alignment


Tim Fry, COSI Board Chair

Business and Corporate:

Scott Laband, Colorado Succeeds and Debbie Brown, Colorado Business Roundtable


Lee Wheeler-Berliner, Colorado Workforce Development Council


Rebecca Holmes, CEI and Jen Walmer, DFER

Elected Officials:

Sarah Hughes and Jim Wilson, CCHE Commissioners

Commission Meetings

Commission Working Group meetings:

Meetings occur every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

The meeting is open for anyone to listen in, but only working group members participate in the discussion.

Meetings will run from February 16th through August 31st.

Zoom link: (opens in a new tab)
Meeting ID: 861 3060 2076
Passcode: 771760

Regularly scheduled CCHE meetings will include updates and an opportunity for feedback. Visit the CCHE meetings page to learn more.

Public Engagement Opportunities

Upcoming Stakeholder Updates:

Student Leaders Group - April 21, 11am-12pm

IHE CEO Roundtable - April 26, 1:30-2:30pm

Statewide Advisors for Student Success (SASS) - April 27, 10-11:30am

Concurrent Enrollment Advisory Board - April 28, 1-4pm

Independent Higher Education of Colorado (IHEC) - April 29, 3:30-4:30pm

Data Advisory Group - May 6, 9am-12pm

Student Leaders Group - May 19, 11am-12pm

Equity Champions Coalition - May 19, 11am-12pm

COSI Board Retreat - July 20, 9am-4pm

COSI Symposium - July 22, 9am-3pm

Upcoming Listening Sessions:

Public Listening Session- June 29 from 9-10am

Public Listening Session - August 3 from 9-10am

Members of the working group will take public comment during this period.

Regularly scheduled meetings with institution representatives will include updates and an opportunity for feedback.

Past Learning Session: March 17 - A video recording of this session is available below in the Materials and Resources tab.

Materials and Resources

March 17 Learning Session Pre-Read Materials (opens in a new tab)

Strategic Plan Overview & Timeline (opens in a new tab)

Update for March Institutions Group Meetings (opens in a new tab)

VIDEO - Learning Session on Postsecondary Outcomes - March 17 (opens in a new tab)

2022 Profiles and Strategic Plans for Colleges & Universities in Colorado (opens in a new tab)

Strategic Plan Update - Updated May 2022 (opens in a new tab)

Strategic Plan Update- Updated September 2022 (opens in a new tab)

For More Information

Contact the Strategic Plan Working Group at for additional information.