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Colorado Commission Policies Postgraduate Student Exchange Program

Concerning policies to be established by the Colorado commission on higher education related to postgraduate student exchange programs.
2023 Regular Session
Higher Education
Professions & Occupations
Bill Summary

If the Colorado commission on higher education (commission) enters into a professional student exchange program through the western interstate commission on higher education (WICHE), then, subject to available appropriations, the commission shall establish policies to maximize the benefit of the exchange program to Colorado residents. The policies may include, but need not be limited to:

  • Policies for Colorado residents seeking postsecondary optometry degrees at institutions in other states. Beginning in the 2024-25 academic year, the commission shall ensure that any student who enters the postsecondary optometry program, as a part of the student's post-educational service commitment, shall agree to provide services to Coloradans enrolled in programs established pursuant to the "Colorado Medical Assistance Act".
  • Policies that promote the provision of services in underserved areas. Such policies may include reducing the service requirement for an individual to meet the individual's post-educational service requirement by serving in areas that have insufficient access to optometry services.

The act aligns Colorado law with the current operation of WICHE professional student exchange programs.

APPROVED by Governor April 17, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


Became Law


Bill Text

  • All Versions (7 )
    Date Bill Type Documents
    04/17/2023 Signed Act PDF
    04/12/2023 Final Act PDF
    04/06/2023 Rerevised PDF
    04/03/2023 Revised PDF
    03/30/2023 Reengrossed PDF
    03/29/2023 Engrossed PDF
    03/24/2023 Introduced PDF

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details