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Gov. Ritter appoints committee to study higher education in Colorado

December 20, 2009

Gov. Bill Ritter has launched a study of the state's higher-education system, appointing businessman Dick Monfort and attorney Jim Lyons to chair a committee that will study the state's college and university system.

Gov. Ritter is being forced by state law to cut $560 million from this fiscal year's budget, which ends June 30. Over this fiscal year and the next, lawmakers will see the state General Fund budget slashed from $7.5 billion to $6.2 billion, with higher education funding one of the few budget items not protected by the state constitution.

Possible solutions include: 

  • a ballot measure asking voters for a tax increase to fund higher education
  • a study of efficiency and performance
  • giving the Colorado Commission on Higher Education more power to set tuition and eliminate duplicate courses

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