State high school remediation rate rises |

State high school remediation rate rises

A group of 20 local participants graduated from Colorado Mountain College’s Leadership Summit course on Thursday, May 19. The mission of the course, which has been a part of Summit County for more than a decade, is to educate and develop community and business leaders through more than 60 hours of interaction by meeting once a month over a nine-month period.
Courtesy of Colorado Mountain College |

CMC Leadership Summit Grads

Chris Carson (Team Summit)

Mike Clement (Tolin Mechanical Systems)

Nick Dua (Keystone Symposia)

Ryan Huff (Breckenridge Grand Vacations)

Janice Kurbjun (Breckenridge Film Festival)

Rachel Lunney (Northwest Colorado Council of Governments)

Kate Clement (Brynn Grey Partners)

Imane Deininger (Book Breck Lodging)

Becky Haire (Arapahoe Basin)

Jean Kramlich (Colorado Mountain College)

Vickie Lewis (Summit Combined Housing Authority)

Jason Makowsky (Colorado Mountain College)

Sandy Metzger (Breckenridge Tourism Office)

Erin Opsahl (Summit County Sheriff’s Office)

Kyle Spencer (First Bank)

Bill Wishowski (Breckenridge Tourism Office)

Mindy Nicholds (Silverthorne Recreation Center)

Catherine Schaaf (Early Childhood Options)

Stephanie Sweeney (Copper Mountain Resort)

Christen Costa (Copper Mountain Resort)

The number of high school graduates in Colorado needing remediation work when entering college grew slightly in 2014-15 over the previous year, a new report from the Colorado Department of Higher Education shows.

The percentage increased a tad more than 1 percent, from 34.2 to 35.4. That amounts to a total of 7,472 students needing basic skills courses designed for those who lack academic competencies necessary to succeed in a college-level curriculum.

Colorado has historically seen a decline in the number of students requiring these courses. Despite the small increase for 2014-15, the DHE said there has still been pockets of positive and incremental movement in the right direction toward all college students being ready and successful.

“The goal here is to increase the number of residents in Colorado with a high-quality, postsecondary credential,” Timothy Flanagan, the Colorado Department of Higher Education’s chief student success & academic affairs officer, said in a news release. “The good news is that of the students needing remediation, more than 62 percent complete their remedial course.”


In other news from the CDHE news, Diane Duffy, most recently the department’s chief financial officer, was named its next chief operating officer last week.

The position is currently held by Jennifer Sobanet, who accepted the position of vice chancellor for finance and chief financial officer at the University of Colorado-Denver. Her last day with the CDHE is June 10, and Duffy takes over the position on June 1.

In her prior role with the department for almost two years, Duffy successfully implemented a new funding model, developed an integrated budgeting process for the state’s higher education system, and helped focus resources on the Commission on Higher Education’s master plan as well as with closing the attainment gap.

“(We are) thrilled to be able to work with Diane in this capacity,” Monte Moses, chair of the commission, said in a news release. “She brings strong skills and experience that will help Colorado continue to improve higher education across the state.”

—Compiled by Kevin Fixler

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