Two Colorado colleges would be able to expand their degree offerings under two bills given final approval this week int the Colorado Senate, according to Education News Colorado.
Senate Bill 10-101 would allow two-year Colorado Mountain College to offer up to five bachelor’s degrees, subject to review by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education, the education news site reported.
Senate Bill 10-079 would give would give Mesa State College expanded authority to offer “a limited number of” graduate degrees.
Both passed on 33-1 votes, with Sen. John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, opposing. Morse is the prime sponsor of Senate Bill 10-003, which would give colleges and universities greater financial flexibility and could some form of tuition flexibility. The bill has not yet been considered.
Colorado Mountain College and Mesa State are seeking expansion to serve workforce demand in their areas and the needs of working students who can’t leave jobs and families to study on the Front Range.
CMC is interested in offering bachelor’s degrees in such fields as resort and restaurant management and teaching. Mesa is interested in graduate programs in health fields, criminal justice and education.