Why advocate for the University of Colorado?

CU Pride Point: CU boasts 5 Nobel prize winners
CU Pride Point: 1st liver transplant
CU Pride Point: CU awards 53% of all CO's graduate degrees

 

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CU research has created more than 160 companies; plus 4 FDA-approved drugs

CU has educated 20 astronauts

CU-Boulder gets the most NASA funding among all public universities; #2 among all public and private universities

CU offers more than 300 public outreach programs; serving more than 1 million people each year in CO

CU Colorado Springs (UCCS) ranks among the Best in the West for western regional public universities for more than 10 years by U.S. News and World Report

CU contributes more than $12.35 billion to CO’s economy

Elected officials and voters need to make funding public higher education a priority so more students can get a quality education


CU’s investment in financial aid is greater than the state’s total investment in need-based financial aid for all public colleges and universities

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About 5% of CU’s total budget comes from state funds

Colorado ranks 48th in the nation for state funding per full-time resident student

Per-student funding in CO is less than half of several other states

Some of CO’s constitutional amendments contribute to reduced funding for public higher education over time

Funding for higher education is still less than it was in 2008. This puts a strain on tuition, shifting more costs to students and families

A discretionary budget item, public higher education is vulnerable to budget cuts when balancing the state’s budget

More than 2/3 of jobs in the next couple of years in CO will require a post-secondary education but years of budget cuts has had a direct correlation to higher tuition