Friday the Colorado Commission on Higher Education gave preliminary authorization to Colorado Mountain College to offer two bachelor's degrees: a bachelor of science in business administration and a bachelor of arts in sustainability studies. The CCHE's authorization is pending the college receiving official approval for the degrees from the Higher Learning Commission.
"This preliminary authorization allows Colorado Mountain College to move forward with our planning," said Dr. Stan Jensen, president of the college. However, the college cannot enroll students in these programs until the final approval from the HLC is on file with Colorado's Department of Higher Education.
"We were pleased that faculty, staff, administrators, a board member and a dozen students were there today to show their support," said Jensen. "That's representative of the great support we've been receiving all along."
Over the past 15 months the college has received approvals from its board of trustees, the Colorado Legislature and Gov. Bill Ritter.