Although students can breathe a sigh of relief that the Joint
Budget Committee has not recommended raising tuition 40 percent,
the loss of yet another campus office serves as a harsh reminder
that all is still not well in higher education in Colorado.
One of the three CSU Continuing Education Centers will be
closing June 30 because of decreased use and thus reduced revenue.
It is always sad to lose a valuable part of CSU, especially
something that brings a community connection to the campus.
The center primarily offered continuing professional development
and noncredit courses to the community.
However, in light of the circumstances, this was probably the
best place to start taking cuts. This won’t directly affect
tuition-paying students and there is still Continuing Education
access in Fort Collins.
In a better fiscal time the university might have been able to
continue funding an office that has little business and brings in
little money because of the value it provides to those utilizing
it. But for now, the university is being reasonable in looking at
the performance and usefulness of an office no matter what the
current financial situation is.
Perhaps letting the community be directly affected by the kind
of cuts all of CSU has been feeling over the past year will further
encourage citizens to support higher education by supporting an
amendment to the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights and/or Amendment 23 in