Task force to examine college system


A task force to oversee the possibility of overhauling the state's community college system was initiated earlier this week by Gov. Bill Owens.

Some lawmakers have questioned the validity of the central administration that surveys the 13-college system, the Rocky Mountain News reported Jan. 7.

The Craig and Rangely campuses of the Colorado Northwestern Community College will be included in the report.

CNCC Vice President Dean Hollenbeck said the move may be in response to the government wanting to keep tabs on the efficiency of the community college system.

"I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing," he said. "It's not really a community college issue, it's a government issue."

The governor's task force will combine two efficiency studies. One is proposed by House Speaker Lola Spradley, R-Beulah and the other is by a state board that oversees the system.

The governor's task force consists of all nine members of the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education.

Other appointees include Jim Rizzuto, president Otero Community College; Christine Johnson, president of the Community College of Denver; Ray Baker and Judy Weaver of the Colorado Commission of Higher Education; community representatives John Buechner and Bob Hessler; and Colorado Commission of Higher Education Executive Director Tim Foster, the News reported.

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