DENVER—Today, the House Education Committee unanimously approved legislation that will expand access to college courses for high school students across Colorado. House Bill 18-1052, sponsored by Representative Paul Lundeen (R-Monument), allows a two-year college institution to provide a concurrent enrollment program or courses not within its college service area if the designated two or four-year institution for that area declines to offer those courses to high school students.
Currently, the Colorado Commission on Higher Education determines the boundaries for a higher education institutions’ service area. This bill seeks to expand access to concurrent enrollment courses by instructing the Commission to a establish policy that permits other institutions to offer courses outside their set area.
“This is a small change in law that has tremendous potential to give students, especially in rural areas, access to college courses,” said Lundeen, a member on the House Education Committee. “Concurrent enrollment can give high school students a head start in college, and this bill extends access to students that have not had this opportunity before.”
During the committee hearing, a witness from the Colorado Community College System testified that concurrent enrollment courses have saved students approximately $23 million in college tuition in 2017, but also said that in many districts less than 5 percent of students have access to these courses.
House Bill 18-1052 now heads to the committee of the whole for further consideration.