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Rural Colorado students go to college at low rates. But one town bucks the trend.

Sisters Shaelea and Ryanna Pruett can rattle off plenty of facts about raising cattle. The Fowler High School graduates know the ideal build for a bull and how to bottle-raise a calf. The sisters could try to make a living on their family ranch tucked between Manzanola and Fowler on Colorado’s southeastern plains.  Instead, their […]

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University of Colorado names Todd Saliman sole finalist for president

University of Colorado System Regents selected Todd Saliman as the sole finalist in its search to find the next president of the four-campus CU System. The board voted unanimously after about 10 minutes of deliberation to name Saliman the only finalist from an original field of 39 candidates. Saliman was the system’s chief financial officer […]

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Free school meals for all? Colorado lawmakers want to make that a reality

Amid a host of hardships, the pandemic brought a silver lining to Colorado schools: All students could eat lunch for free, with no stigma and no paperwork. A broad coalition of nutritionists and farmers, parents and teachers wants to see Colorado continue this benefit into the future. “This is an incredible opportunity for our kids […]

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College in prison: Colorado may expand education for incarcerated

In bringing college classes to more incarcerated people, Colorado officials hope to both enlighten students and cultivate significant social benefits. The federal government plans to almost double the number of colleges nationwide offering incarcerated people the ability to earn a college degree and to enable them to once again qualify for federal Pell Grants to […]

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Hispanic men graduate from college in Colorado at low rates. But the numbers can improve.

The gaps are striking. Each year, for instance, thousands of students at the University of Colorado at Boulder start down the path of getting a bachelor’s degree. Six years later, about 69% have managed to get a degree, according to recent federal data. Hispanic men, though? Just 58% graduated. The story is the same at […]

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Student enrollment in Colorado won’t bounce back this year after pandemic losses, state analysts say

Colorado school enrollment is essentially flat this year, with far fewer students showing up to class now than before the pandemic. School leaders had hoped enrollment would rebound after the highly disrupted 2020-21 school year, when more than 20,000 students failed to show up in the state’s K-12 schools. But preliminary enrollment numbers shared with lawmakers show that isn’t […]

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Two Hispanic brothers wanted to go to college in Colorado. Here’s why only one made it.

Jimy and Luis Hernandez’s alarm wakes them before the sun rises. The brothers try to move quietly about their parents’ northeast Denver home so they don’t disturb their siblings. Luis, 18, might watch the news or help his mom prepare lunch before they head to the toner cartridge factory where he works part-time to help […]

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Teacher pay in rural Colorado would be set at a minimum of $40,000 under a new proposal. Will the legislature support it?

Malcolm Lovejoy’s high school in Campo hasn’t had a math teacher since he was a freshman. The rural school was able to finally hire a math teacher this school year, Lovejoy said. But the 17-year-old senior feels very behind in his math skills. And adding to concerns about his education, this year the high school’s […]

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Colorado community colleges join national collaborative aimed at putting a focus on older students

Colorado community colleges will provide more aid and resources for their older students, better track their college success, and create degree programs leading to well-paying jobs, thanks to joining a national network this month. The REACH Collaborative, which Colorado joined on Friday, intends to improve college for older students nationwide including in the Colorado Community College […]

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The pandemic impacted fall enrollment at Colorado community colleges — but not as much as feared

Colorado community college enrollment dipped slightly over last year, an encouraging sign after expectations the pandemic would again deter a larger group of students from attending this fall. The Colorado Community College System saw enrollment decline half a percent this year compared with last year, according to Joe Garcia, system chancellor. And unlike last year, […]