Master Plan Dashboard

The recently released statewide master plan for postsecondary education, Colorado Rises: Advancing Education and Talent Development, promotes a statewide attainment goal of 66% by 2025.

Embedded in the plan are four strategic goals along with a list of complementary performance measures designed to track annual progress.

The dashboard below reflects statewide performance to date as well as the performance of Colorado’s public postsecondary institutions toward the Master Plan goals. Information displayed on the dashboard is measured from 2012 to present, to reflect performance on key measures since the statewide attainment goal was originally set in that year.

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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 Story

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.

2017 Colorado Performance

Strategic Goal #1 Increase Credential Completion

The first goal calls for Colorado to significantly increase the number of credentials that students earn over an eight-year period and increase credential completion for high-demand areas of STEM-educated workers and a growing shortage of educators. The chart shows total annual credentials earned by students at our public institutions.

Overall Completion

Strategic Goal #2 Erase Equity Gaps

Success in meeting the statewide goal of 66% hinges on improving all students completion in colleges, universities and other pathways in the state. However, Colorado will not meet the goal without an intentional focus on erasing equity gaps and accelerating minority completion. The following charts show annual credentials earned by Hispanic, African American and Native American students at our public institutions.

Equity Completions - Hispanic

Equity Completions - African American

Equity Completions - Native American

Pell Eligible

Strategic Goal #3 Improve Student Success

The third goal promotes students’ timely completion through new approaches and practices. The following chart shows the overall retention of students attending two-year and four-year institutions from year one to year two, an indication of student progress.

Increase Student Retention From First to Second Year

Strategic Goal #4 Invest in Affordability and Innovation

The fourth goal recognizes that meeting the first three goals will require increased investment in our public system of higher education. It also encourages our institutions to embrace new models that reduce costs and time-to-degree.  The state’s disinvestment over the past two decades has meant that students and families bear an increasing proportion of the cost of education. The graphs below show the completion rates of Pell eligible students and average debt of students graduating with debt in Colorado versus other states.

Colorado Debt Indicators

Colorado’s Student Debt

wdt_ID State Average Debt Rank % with Debt Rank
1 Colorado $26,520 37 53% 37

Source: Student Debt and the Class of 2016 – The Institute of College Access and Success

Compare Colorado’s student debt with the United States

Source: Student Debt and the Class of 2016 – The Institute of College Access and Success

Percentage of Graduates from Public Institutions with Debt

2017 Colorado Performance

The following dashboard data showcases the Colorado Department of Higher Education’s commitment to transparency across institutions in accordance with SB17-297 and Colorado’s Statewide Higher Education Master Plan. The following tables show the public institutions commitment to growth and alignment to the statewide Master Plan. The three following tables represent statewide, aggregated targets and aspirational goals for completion, equity completion and retention. The searchable table/dashboard shows completions by institution and by the target racial/ethnic groups. Data have been validated by each Governing Board and as reported to the state’s Student Unit Record Data System (SURDS) and the federal Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

(AY 2015-2016)

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