Conclusion

It is hard to overstate the urgency with which the CCHE delivers this master plan. The recommendations offered are not a luxury but a necessity.

Colorado is not alone in recognizing the need to increase educational levels among its citizenry. A majority of states have articulated an attainment goal for higher education credentials. But Colorado has always been—and prides itself on being— among the most educated states. And now we must do even more to remain competitive and meet the demands of our economy and workforce. In putting forth this master plan and the four goals, the CCHE and the state’s system of higher education are committing

In putting forth this master plan and the four goals, the CCHE and the state’s system of higher education are committing themselves to years of hard work.

For its part, the commission commits to continuing to advocate for our high-quality system of higher education and the value of investment, and to providing a policy environment that encourages innovation and fosters improvement in higher education institutions in the state.

Our institutions are committed to upholding their roles and missions by increasing student access and continuing to provide high-quality education. Now, as we challenge them to do even more, we must invest more in them.

This master plan challenges the state—its elected leaders, business and community leaders along with the entire citizenry—to acknowledge the benefits of investing in our economic and civic well-being so that we can remain competitive in the national and global economy.

Colorado has an opportunity to ensure that all Coloradans—no matter their ethnic, geographic or economic background—have the opportunity to become engaged, productive citizens. That investment in our citizens represents a critical investment in the vitality of our state and our future economy. The stakes are high. Colorado must compete—we must rise to this challenge.

Investment in our citizens represents a critical investment in the vitality of our state and our future economy.