(Feb. 18) – The House passed Rep. Millie Hamner’s bill to change the admission standard of Western State Colorado University to “selective” and add professional degree programs to the university’s options on a unanimous vote this morning.

“This bipartisan bill shows support for Western and the people of Gunnison County,” said Rep. Hamner, D-Dillon. “Changing the standard to ‘selective’ better describes the caliber of Western State Colorado University and enables Western to attract the best and the brightest. This bill also gives Western the freedom to offer additional professional degree programs, which will allow it to grow for years to come and compete with other institutions.”

HB16-1083 amends the admission standard of Western from “moderately selective” to “selective,” which changes the index score for Western from 80 to 92 or higher. Index scores are based on the 3-year average of median high school grade point average and the median college entrance exam score of students admitted. The higher index score puts Western on a level playing field with UC-Boulder, CSU-Fort Collins, UC-Denver, UC-Colorado Springs, UNC, Fort Lewis College, and Colorado Mesa University.

The bill also expands the options for degrees programs by adding “professional degree programs” to statute.

The vote sends the bill to the Senate for consideration.

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