Governor signs bill recognizing Western State Colorado University as 'Selective'

A group stands around Governor Hickenlooper as he signs House Bill 16-1083

Governor signs bill recognizing Western State Colorado University as 'Selective'

Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 10:30am

Gov. Hickenlooper signed House Bill 16-1083 recognizing Western's status as a Selective University and opening the doors to more varied degree programs for future Mountaineers.

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.”

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Western President John Salsbury celebrate the signing of the bill
“We are no longer Colorado’s best kept secret as an educational value given our fourth straight year of enrollment growth. With classes averaging just 17 students and nearly 90 percent of our faculty holding the highest degrees in their fields of study, we believe that Western offers one of the best college values in the nation," Salsbury says.

The legislation was sponsored by Reps. J. Paul Brown and Millie Hamner and Sens. Kerry Donovan and Kevin Grantham. 




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