Education and Training | The Bell Policy Center

The Bell Policy Center advocates to transform postsecondary education so that all students have the opportunity for academic and workforce success. Education is a key gateway to the American dream. By 2020, almost 75 percent of jobs in Colorado will require some postsecondary credential, and that is driving more adult, nontraditional and first-generation students to seek new education and training opportunities. Barriers to access to education and training include:

  • Limited change. Many Colorado institutions are adjusting too slowly to the evolving student demographic.
  • Shrinking public funding. Per-student public funding for postsecondary education has been cut in half, leaving students and families to shoulder more of the costs. 

Without a renewed commitment to postsecondary education as a public good, many more Coloradans will find this key gateway closed to them. It is critical to the state economy and business environment, as well as to potential students and their families, that Colorado find a more sustainable and affordable approach. 

Current priorities:

  • Policies that meet varied needs. Develop tuition, aid, credit and scheduling policies that better meet the needs of a diverse student body.
  • Increased access. Expand access to education and skills training for adults that lead to family-sustaining wages.


Jul 20, 2017
U.S. Secretary of Education is unlawfully delaying efforts to protect students from unfair practices in the for-profit college industry. That’s what the attorneys general from 18 states and the District of Columbia are alleging in their recent lawsuit. The outcome of the suit could have significant implications for Col...
Jul 7, 2017
Working Poor Families Project members were excited to discuss Colorado’s efforts toward strengthening the early childhood education workforce as part of a larger conversation about early childhood education. In the next ten years, Colorado will see a...
Jun 20, 2017
We know that when parents have access to programs that further their education and skills while their children receive quality early education, both generations have a fairer shot at success. The Bell Policy Center is working with Civic Canopy to provide research and policy development support to the Strengthening Working Families Initiative (SW...
Jun 1, 2017
America’s education and skills-development system must change in order to meet the needs of our future economy and workforce. But can it? That was the question posed by the Pew Research Center and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center in a survey...