New bill reflects academic performance and allows Western to expand professional degree programs
April 2, 2016 - Gov. Hickenlooper signed House Bill 16‐1083 on Friday, officially designating Western State Colorado University as a selective institution. The bill also adds professional degree programs to Western’s official role and mission, granting Western the ability to offer a broader range of degrees in the future.
This change more accurately reflects Western’s already established academic performance and enables Western to continue addressing the growing needs of more academically-focused students.
“The changes validate the achievements of our students and faculty, and position the university to offer a larger menu of academic offerings to meet the increasingly rigorous demands of our students,” says Western’s President Dr. Greg Salsbury. “Today’s news is reflective both of where we’ve been and where we’re going as a university.”
The legislation was sponsored by Reps. J. Paul Brown and Millie Hamner and Sens. Kerry Donovan and Kevin Grantham.