April 20, 2022

HOUSE ADVANCES BILL TO IMPROVE STUDENT AND WORKFORCE SUCCESS

DENVER, CO – The House today passed a bill on a preliminary vote to improve postsecondary student outcomes through data transparency. This bill was developed based on recommendations from the state’s Student Success and Workforce Revitalization Task Force and will invest $3 million to prepare students for success and boost Colorado’s workforce.


“We’re focused on preparing our students for success through adapting postsecondary education to meet workforce needs,” said Rep. Monica Duran, D-Wheat Ridge. “This bipartisan legislation invests to create modern data systems that benchmark student success in numerous ways to better prepare Coloradans for the workforce. We want every student to feel prepared after graduation and with this bill, we can learn more about postsecondary education pathways that lead to great careers.”

Postsecondary Student Success Data System: HB22-1349, sponsored by Representatives Monica Duran and Perry Will, will collect student success data to better inform the educational pathways needed to prepare them for the workforce. The bill invests federal funds to create a public-facing, interactive data system to track student progression from higher education into the workforce. This data system will make transparent student workforce success metrics for all state higher education institutions.

The data and information collected will also be used to create better pathways for entering high-demand careers through developing curricula and programs that reflect the needs of Colorado’s economy. Based on recommendations from the Student Success and Workforce Revitalization Task Force, the Colorado Commission on Higher Education will also determine new, dynamic ways to measure student success that could include credential completion rates, postsecondary employment outcomes and price to earning premiums among other factors.