Higher education leaders say system in peril

DENVER — Dozens of community leaders and educators have delivered their plan for saving Colorado’s state-funded colleges and universities to Gov. Bill Ritter.

Now it’s up to the 11 members of the Colorado Commission on Higher Education to decide whether to implement the strong medicine needed to save it, including a possible tax increase for voters.

The planning committee warned that Colorado voters and taxpayers need to come up with more money for higher education or the system is going to collapse.

Committee co-chairman Jim Lyons says options include raising taxes, providing more state funding, charging higher fees for graduate programs and consolidation of programs.

The commission meets on Dec. 2 to review the recommendations.



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