Shandra Jordan, editor in chief
Colleen Buhrer, managing editor
Christopher J. Ortiz, opinion editor
Prisons, K-12 education, highways, Medicaid and higher education
– which one of these things is not like the other? The latter.
Higher education is the largest line item in the state budget that
is not protected by either Colorado’s constitution or other state
For two years in a row, CSU and other public universities have
seen double digit drops in state funding. Higher education has a
tough time raising tuition because of the Taxpayer’s Bill of
Rights. But when universities do increase tuition, students feel
the burden twice because for the two years, financial aid
diminishes right along with state dollars.
The situation is not going to be solved by raising tuition.
Tuition increase is only a means to an end, not the other way
around. The problem lies with higher education being a shooting
duck when the Joint Budget Committee is given the task of trimming
the state’s budget. We feel that our elected officials need to
evaluate Colorado’s priority with higher education. What message
does leaving higher education unprotected from budget cuts give
while we as a state protect highway construction and prison?
We protect K -12, but not higher education. Does that mean that
in Colorado, young people only need a high school diploma to get a
This is only going to hurt the state, in the short and long run.
Raising tuition puts higher education out of reach for student from
poorer families, putting more and more young people into the
workforce without a degree.
We urge the state congress to solve this problem by protecting
higher education under the state constitution.