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Kefalas, Fischer seek higher ed perspectives from campus, Fort Collins communities

February 25, 2012

Colorado State Representatives Randy Fischer and John Kefalas host a Community Issue Forum on higher education funding Feb. 25 at CSU featuring panelists Elizabeth O'Brien, Chase Eckerdt, Bill Timpson, Marissa Slezak, Bruce Walthers and Mary Ontiveros.


Community Issue Forum for higher education funding

A discussion panel about higher education and its rising costs was held Feb. 25, 2012, in Associated Students of Colorado State University Senate Chambers. Speaking to an audience of about 50 people, Colorado State Representatives Randy Fischer and John Kefalas hosted the community issue forum to hear perspectives from students, faculty and staff pertaining to higher education funding.

Panel members:

  • Elizabeth O'Brien, CSU student and member of the Center for Public Deliberation
  • Chase Eckerdt, CSU student and Governmental Affairs director for ASCSU
  • Bill Timpson, CSU faculty member
  • Marissa Slezak, FRCC student and vice president of FRCC student government
  • Bruce Walthers, vice-president of FRCC Larimer campus
  • Mary Ontiveros, associate vice-president for Diversity

Topics discussed

The discusion panel focussed on TABOR and its affects, why students are choosing not to attend a higher education institution, the increasing cost of tuition and lack of monetary resources compensating for that cost and the benefits to having a degree. The panelists each shared their own perspectives and professional knowledge and answered questions from the audience.