The Colorado Commission on Higher Education is working on a new strategic plan for higher education. The plan serves as a blueprint for aligning the postsecondary ecosystem and enabling best-in-the-nation outcomes. The previous plan, Colorado Rises, identified four strategic goals that accelerated progress toward the state's attainment goal of 66% of our adult population having a postsecondary credential by 2025.
The Commission has created a working group to solicit, gather and explore new information; determine if key concepts from Colorado Rises remain relevant and a priority; and identify if further information or data is needed. The goal is to have a new plan by December 2022.
- Strategic Plan Working Group
Dr. Angie Paccione
Dr. Ben Boggs
Dr. Kim Poast
Dr. Chris Rasmussen
CCHE Vice Chair Sarah Hughes
CCHE Commissioner Berrick Abramson
CCHE Commissioner Josh Scott
CCHE Commissioner Eric Tucker
CCHE Commissioner Jim Wilson
Consultant Inta Morris
The working group intends to rely on trusted partners and allies to help seek, gather, and organize feedback from their counterparts. Below we outline a few of those key Stakeholder Leads already identified. Individual working group members will also continue to seek and welcome feedback directly.
Dr. Andy Feinstein, University of Northern Colorado
Elaine Berman, Colorado Trustee Network
Brad Baca, Western Colorado University and CCHE Advisory member
Dr. Melinda Piket-May, CU Boulder and CCHE Faculty Advisor
IHE Academic Counsel:
Dr. Chris Rasmussen, CDHE Senior Director of Academic Pathways and Innovation
Diversity & Equity:
Dr. Roberto Montoya, CDHE Chief Educational Equity Officer
Daniel Casillas, CCHE Student Advisor
People with Disabilities:
Carl Einhaus, CDHE Senior Director of Student Success and P20 Alignment
Tim Fry, COSI Board Chair
Business and Corporate:
Scott Laband, Colorado Succeeds and Debbie Brown, Colorado Business Roundtable
Lee Wheeler-Berliner, Colorado Workforce Development Council
Rebecca Holmes, CEI and Jen Walmer, DFER
Sarah Hughes and Jim Wilson, CCHE Commissioners
- Commission Meetings
Commission Working Group meetings:
Meetings occur every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.
The meeting is open for anyone to listen in, but only working group members participate in the discussion.
Meetings will run from February 16th through August 31st.
Zoom link: https://highered-colorado-gov.zoom.us/j/86130602076?pwd=eFAzdStjTlE3NDBSM1N4dWdWek5ydz09 (opens in a new tab)
Meeting ID: 861 3060 2076
Regularly scheduled CCHE meetings will include updates and an opportunity for feedback. Visit the CCHE meetings page to learn more.
- Public Engagement Opportunities
Upcoming Stakeholder Updates:
Student Leaders Group - April 21, 11am-12pm
IHE CEO Roundtable - April 26, 1:30-2:30pm
Statewide Advisors for Student Success (SASS) - April 27, 10-11:30am
Concurrent Enrollment Advisory Board - April 28, 1-4pm
Independent Higher Education of Colorado (IHEC) - April 29, 3:30-4:30pm
Data Advisory Group - May 6, 9am-12pm
Student Leaders Group - May 19, 11am-12pm
Equity Champions Coalition - May 19, 11am-12pm
COSI Board Retreat - July 20, 9am-4pm
COSI Symposium - July 22, 9am-3pm
Upcoming Listening Sessions:
Public Listening Session- June 29 from 9-10am
Public Listening Session - August 3 from 9-10am
Members of the working group will take public comment during this period.
Regularly scheduled meetings with institution representatives will include updates and an opportunity for feedback.
Past Learning Session: March 17 - A video recording of this session is available below in the Materials and Resources tab.
- Materials and Resources
- For More Information
Contact the Strategic Plan Working Group at CDHE@dhe.state.co.us for additional information.