The percentage of Pell Grant recipients at CU Boulder moved from 12% in 2008 to 16% a decade later, ranking it as fifth-lowest among all flagships in the country.
The partnership will change how students can qualify to take college classes. Until now, access has depended on a standardized test or a grade-point average.
As a community college professor, the incoming first lady is expected to bring new attention to two-year institutions.
The switch has the potential to put the university's president on notice. Mark Kennedy was a controversial selection, brought in by Republicans on a party-line vote.
Gov. Jared Polis proposes to restore cuts that amounted to 58 percent of state operating funds for colleges.
The state’s low completion rate of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid among high students places Colorado near the bottom in the nation — 47th overall — and well below the national average.
Cuts to part-time positions could mean fewer course offerings and larger class sizes. If cuts extend to full-time faculty positions, students will feel the impact.
The 3,300-student college so far has had 24 cases among students, faculty, and staff this fall.
Students in Colorado still see the college-entrance SAT exam as helping their admission chances at colleges that don’t require the tests.
Short quarantines can slow the spread of Covid and allow a return to in-person learning. But the pause is also disruptive and may not work.