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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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Colorado banned legacy admissions at its public colleges. But what does that really mean for students?

Colorado made news in May as the first state in the nation to ban legacy admissions at its public colleges. But few colleges in the state even consider an applicant’s family ties to a school, so what does the law really change? The answer, advocates say: perception. They hope the law especially helps people of color, […]

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Colorado ends “legacy admissions” for public colleges and universities, SAT/ACT requirement

By Patty Nieberg, The Associated Press/Report for America  Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill Tuesday making the state a leader in the nationwide effort to ban legacy admissions at public colleges and universities. Prateek Dutta, Colorado Policy Director for Democrats for Education Reform, who brought the bill idea to state lawmakers, said Colorado is […]

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Two Colorado colleges plan to remove junior from their names. But will the change attract more students?

Colorado lawmakers and college officials hope a name change will help reverse years of sharply declining enrollment at two rural campuses, and in turn, also help support the towns they serve. The change, requiring legislation, would remove the “junior” from Otero and Trinidad State junior colleges. The bill would leave Northeastern Junior College as the last […]

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The best coronavirus warning system? Poop and pooled spit, Colorado State University says

By Rae Ellen Bichell, Kaiser Health News Carol Wilusz’s mornings now often start at 4 a.m., scanning the contents of undergraduates’ feces. Specifically, scanning the data on how much coronavirus they flushed into the shadows, destined to be extracted from 17 manholes connected to dorm buildings on Colorado State University’s Fort Collins campus. “There are […]

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Coronavirus creates questions about future of part-time instructors at Colorado’s colleges

By Jason Gonzales, Chalkbeat Colorado Life as an adjunct instructor means constant uncertainty, explained Alex Wolf-Root. Adjuncts such as Wolf-Root, a philosophy instructor at the University of Colorado Boulder, are part-time workers who must contend with low pay and little job security. Many hold doctorates and perform research for free in the hopes they will someday […]

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To combat coronavirus, Durango’s Fort Lewis College embraces Navajo principle of kinship

By Jason Gonzales, Chalkbeat Colorado Fort Lewis College senior Ally Gee watched as COVID-19 devastated the Navajo Nation and took the lives of two loved ones. The overwhelming impact the coronavirus is having on her life prompted her to share with her school in Durango the Diné, or Navajo, concept of K’é, meaning kinship. The […]

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College students of Colorado: Here’s how to vote, whether you’re currently in the state or not

Colorado will mail out its first round of ballots on Friday. The state has tens of thousands of college students — including those who are in-state and out-of-state, whether or not they are living near their school during the coronavirus pandemic — who are eligible to participate in this year’s election. And even though get-out-the-vote […]

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Why Colorado students are still taking the SAT, even though it’s now voluntary

By Jason Gonzales, Chalkbeat Colorado Despite state school board members deeming the SAT voluntary this year for Colorado high school students, the state education department ordered more than 30,000 test books for about 400 schools to administer it for free in September. Although the Colorado Department of Education could not say how many students took the college […]