Why Public Reporting?
Focused attention on and measured performance of Colorado’s statewide strategic goals drives change, promotes accountability and ensures transparency.
The Master Plan dashboard will be updated on an annual basis and will be expanded as additional performance metrics are collected and validated. Data points below include information from Colorado’s public area technical colleges, community colleges, and four-year institutions. The primary source of information is Colorado’s Student Unit Record Data System (SURDS) and the federal Integrated Postsecondary Data System (IPEDS).
By advancing talent development in our state, Colorado Rises.
The reality today is that increasing the number of Coloradans with postsecondary education is crucial to our state’s future economic vitality. The majority of jobs in Colorado already require some sort of postsecondary education; research suggests that by 2020, almost three-fourths of jobs will require some education beyond high school. Colorado’s 2016 Talent Pipeline Report found that 97 percent of so-called “top jobs”—in-demand jobs that show high growth and pay above a living wage— demand some level of formal postsecondary education or training.
In spite of these trends, today only 55 percent of the adult population in the state has a degree or certificate and only 49 percent has an associate or higher degree. Almost one-third of Colorado’s adult population lacks education of any type after high school. Moreover, attainment levels are not equal: Only 29 percent of Hispanics, our fastest-growing population, 29 percent of Native Americans and 39 percent of African Americans have a certificate or degree, as compared to 64 percent for the white majority.
The commission realized that in order to drive measurable change, Colorado’s skills-based economy and workforce needs would demand a more ambitious statewide attainment goal.
Therefore, the CCHE reaffirms an attainment goal of 66 percent for our adult population aged 25-34.