Legislative Affairs

Legislative Overview 

The Colorado Department of Higher Education is a key stakeholder in representing the voices of students and institutions at the State Capitol. The Department works with the Joint Budget Committee to set the state appropriation budget for all public institutions of higher education, which directly impacts tuition and other services for students. With the help of Department, the General Assembly has passed numerous bills to help erase racial equity gaps in higher education and increase student success support systems. 

Under the leadership of Executive Director Dr. Angie Paccione and with the support of Governor Jared Polis, the Colorado General Assembly and public institutions of higher education, Colorado continues to lead the nation in higher education policy and advocacy at the Capitol.  

For more information on our legislative agenda and state laws impacting higher education, please contact Legislative Liaison Chloe Mugg at Chloe.Mugg@dhe.state.co.us.