Department of Higher Education Mission

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Mission Statement

We support students, advocate and develop policies to maximize higher education opportunities for all.

Vision Statement

All Coloradans will have an education beyond high school to pursue their dreams and improve our communities.

Annual Report

The Department publishes an annual report that includes a snapshot of the goals, challenges, and work of the Department.View the 2021-2022 annual report.



We work to bridge gaps between partners by facilitating, convening and listening, as a result strengthening our higher education ecosystem.

Collaborate - Latin, collaborat, 'worked with."


Our robust data collection efforts allow us to identify programs and supports that inform best practices for education providers, so students thrive.

          Data-Driven - 'compelled by data, rather than by intuition or personal experience.'


We set policies and initiate programs that serve ALL students, focusing on students from underrepresented backgrounds to eliminate equity gaps.

Inclusive - Latin, inclusionem, 'act of making a part of.'


Meeting the needs of students (of all ages) is at the core of everything we do. Adopting a student-focused approach to our actions enables us to be better advocates for student success.

Student-Focused - 'a wide variety of educational programs, learning experiences, instructional approaches and academic-support strategies that are intended to address the distinct learning needs, interests, aspirations, or cultural backgrounds of individual students and groups of students.'

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We are honest brokers, promoting and prioritizing the needs of our students with caring consideration.

Integrity - Latin, integritas, intact, 'being honest and having strong moral principles.'

We work towards:


We are passionate leaders that seek meaning in work and life. We are curious and pursue opportunities to grow and explore.

Fulfillment - 'the act or process of fulfilling'