The bill requires the Colorado commission on higher education (commission) to enact a policy directing the department of higher education (department) to develop student success measures that measure the progression of students through postsecondary education and the impact of postsecondary pathways on a student's career opportunities and success. The student success measures must include postsecondary success measures and workforce success measures.
The bill requires the department to create and maintain a statewide student success data system that includes institution-specific interfaces and a public interface. The data system includes student success information aligned with the student success measures. An institution interface includes student success data that is more timely, more granular, appears in a different format, or includes functionality that is different from information provided on the public interface. The public interface must allow a user to view and compare student workforce success information for specific institutions of higher education in Colorado. The commission determines the information included in the public interface and how that information is disaggregated by various student populations, such as populations identified by race, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic factors. The department may include in the statewide data system employment and wage outcome data of a workforce development or training program that joins the data system.
The bill requires the commission to use the data included in the institution and statewide data system to examine educational and workforce success disparities among various student populations. The bill requires the commission to facilitate information sharing among institutions about practices implemented by an institution based on data learned from the data system.
The department may enter into an agreement with a third party to create and maintain the data system. The bill requires the department to update and modernize its data collection systems to facilitate the collection of student success data.
The bill requires the general assembly to appropriate $3 million to create the data system.
(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)