Report Ties Imported Workforce To Colo. College Funding Levels

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A new study reports that Colorado's largely imported workforce and the lack of a diversified economy could be factors in a relatively low level of state funding for colleges and universities.

Colorado -- which consistently ranks among the lowest in the country for state higher education funding -- is used as a case study for the report conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and published by Demos, a New York-based think tank on economic issues.

The study concludes that Colorado policymakers may value tax relief above higher education funding because the state imports many of its college-educated workers from other parts of the country, which can lead to a lack of meaningful connections tying leaders to the state's public colleges.

Colorado is among four states examined for the report, "College Funding in Context: Understanding the difference in higher education appropriations across the states."

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