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.


Mar 2, 2017
Today is national “Read Across America Day,” an annual program sponsored by the National Education Association to ensure that every child celebrates reading today on Dr. Seuss' birthday. In Colorado and across the country, schools, libraries, community centers, hospitals, churches, and bookstores...
Feb 21, 2017
Colorado’s African American students are increasingly benefiting from concurrent enrollment as a way to earn college-level credit while still enrolled in high school. All of these students will get a jump start on college. Some may even earn a certificate or associate’s degree prior to graduation without having to pay for the courses. And as the Co...
Feb 7, 2017
Students at Colorado’s four-year for-profit colleges have significantly worse outcomes than their peers at public and private nonprofit institutions on several key measures including the likelihood of completing a degree, the amount of loan debt owed and the prevalence of defaulting on their federal loans. For-profit schools include chains like DeV...
Jan 11, 2017
Education has always been a key stepping stone to success in the U.S. But some adults don’t have the education they need to access post-secondary education and good jobs. Without diplomas and key skills, these adults can struggle. In Colorado, about 340,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 64 lack a high school diploma or its equivalent. That’s al...
Dec 20, 2016
The Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee received a briefing this morning projecting the amount of revenues the state will receive over the next three years.  Here are four things you need to know about the projections made by economists from th...