Elections Portend Sweeping Legislative Change For Higher Education

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Not long ago, Metropolitan State University of Denver found itself in the cross hairs for its decision to create a new tuition rate for undocumented students.

President Stephen Jordan and other school officials were asked to justify their actions during a lengthy and, at times, combustible hearing before the legislature's powerful Joint Budget Committee. This happened shortly after the state attorney general said the plan was a violation of state law, which in turn led to threats of lawsuits against the institution.

After the election, in which Democrats gained control of the state House and retained control of the Senate, there's a strong chance the entire controversy will disappear. Other dramatic changes could be in store for higher education.

"I think we'll have a very busy year next year," said State Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver.

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