Blue Ribbon Panel

​​​​​​​Executive Order

In 2001, an executive order charged the Commission, in consultation with the Blue Ribbon Panel, to collect informationconduct hearings, and develop recommendations on role and mission for the General Assembly.  The Commission proceeded to execute its charge by building on the legislative vision:

  • A higher education system of the highest quality that is nationally competitive 
  • A coordinated, cost-effective delivery system
  • Differentiated missions, both among and within governing boards, designed to meet the state’s needs with a minimum of duplication.
  • Increased access to undergraduate degree programs for Colorado residents.

During four role and mission hearings in November, the Commission and the Blue Ribbon Panel discussed proposed changes in the context of the legislative vision – how it would improve access to undergraduate degree programs for Colorado residents. 

Following the hearings, CCHE staff developed preliminary role and mission statements based on the testimony given in the November hearings.  The Executive Director met individually with each system CEO to discuss and modify the suggested changes. 

At the December hearing, the Blue Ribbon Panel discussed the proposed changes.  At the February 1, 2002 hearing, the Blue Ribbon will recommend changes to the General Assembly. 

The following provides access to each institution's role and mission presentation and analysis for the 21st Century:

Adams State College  Role & Mission Analysis
Colorado Mountain College Role & Mission Analysis
Colorado School of Mines Role & Mission Analysis
Colorado State University Role & Mission Analysis
Community Colleges of Colorado System Role & Mission Analysis
Fort Lewis College Role & Mission Analysis
Mesa State College Role & Mission Analysis
Metropolitan State College of Denver Role & Mission Analysis
University of Colorado - Boulder Role & Mission Analysis
University of Colorado - Colorado Springs Role & Mission Analysis
University of Colorado - Denver Role & Mission Analysis
University of Colorado - Health Science Center Role & Mission Analysis
University of Northern Colorado Role & Mission Analysis
University of Southern Colorado Role & Mission Analysis
Western State College Role & Mission Analysis



To Serve at the pleasure of the Governor:

Bruce Benson of Denver, Colorado, to serve as Chair, appointed;
Representative Gayle Berry of Grand Junction, to serve as Vice-Chair, appointed;
Senator Norma Anderson of Lakewood, Colorado, appointed;
Ray Baker of Lakewood, Colorado, appointed;
Lena Elliott of Grand Junction, Colorado, appointed;
Tim Foster of Englewood, Colorado, appointed;
David Greenberg of Englewood, Colorado, appointed;
David Herrera of fort Collins, Colorado, appointed;
Representative Kelley Daniel of Golden, Colorado, appointed;
Representative Nancy Spence of Centennial, Colorado, appointed;
Former Governor Dick Lamm of Denver, Colorado, appointed;
Senator Stan Matsunaka of Loveland, Colorado, appointed;
Ron Pettigrew of Durango, Colorado, appointed;
Edward Romero of Denver, Colorado, appointed;
Jerry Rutledge of Colorado Springs, Colorado, appointed;
C.W. Smith of Pueblo, Colorado, appointed;
Senator Penfield Tate of Denver, Colorado, appointed;

To serve as members of the Advisory Committee:

The Honorable Hank Brown of Greeley, Colorado, appointed;
Lee Halgren of Evergreen, Colorado, appointed;
Elizabeth Hoffman of Boulder, Colorado, appointed;
Joe May of Pueblo, Colorado, appointed;
John Trefny of Golden, Colorado, appointed;
Albert Yates of Fort Collins, Colorado, appointed;


Role & Mission Recommendations

The Colorado Commission on Higher Education’s mission is to ensure access for all Colorado residents to a high-quality, affordable education that is student-centered, quality driven and performance-based. CCHE’s primary “customers” are Colorado students and citizens. CCHE is committed to providing the best quality education at the best price with the best possible service for its customers (CCHE Master Plan).

CCHE’s goals for access and quality are achieved through an integrated and coherent set of public policies. These goals complement the Blue Ribbon Panel’s goal to expand access to quality public higher education for Colorado residents.

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Access & Participation


Meeting Schedule

Friday, November 22, 2002

Denver Public Library

Two funding options

Thursday, December 12, 2002

Denver Center for Performing Arts

Finalize option

Friday, January 10, 2003

Colorado History Museum

Final Report


Higher Education Finance Project


Heller Pricing Study


Final Report