Colorado Mountain College approves 4-year tuition plan
College waiting for federal approval to offer programs
April 12, 2011
Steamboat Springs — Colorado Mountain College Alpine Campus students who have residency in Steamboat Springs can expect to pay $95 per credit hour for the college's bachelor's degree program classes.
The CMC Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve tuition rates for the 300- and 400-level classes Monday at the college's West Garfield campus in Rifle. The tuition rates are contingent on the federal Higher Learning Commission's Institutional Actions Committee accrediting the four-year-degree program next week.
"We're all set for their vote on Monday," CMC President Stan Jensen said Tuesday. "Some time after Monday — I'm hoping to get a call by Tuesday — but after Monday, they'll send us an official letter. Hopefully they'll vote yes, and that will be the final step to getting our accreditation."
If approval goes through, CMC plans to start advertising, advising and enrolling students in classes for its Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability Studies and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration programs before graduation in May.
Each program's classes will be offered at CMC's 11 campuses.
The four-year-degree program class tuition rates for in-state students without Steamboat residency were approved at $200 per credit hour, and out-of-state students would pay $405.
According to the college, in-district students who start as freshmen and complete their bachelor's degrees at CMC would pay $8,793 in tuition and fees, based on existing rates, over four years.
Jensen said two factors were considered in establishing the tuition rates. He said the rates had to allow the program to pay for itself while still being affordable.
"We considered our market position as compared to other colleges and universities in Colorado," he said. "We are still, I think, the best value in Colorado, including the four-year degree programs."
Jensen said more than 150 CMC faculty and staff members and administrators have worked on the four-year-degree programs since November 2009. At that time, trustees approved Jensen's approaching state lawmakers, who approved legislation the next spring. Former Gov. Bill Ritter later signed the legislation into law, which allows the college to offer five four-year degrees.
Steamboat Springs School District Superintendent Shalee Cunningham, who also is a member of the CMC Board of Trustees, said she supported the tuition rates because the four-year-degree programs would be advantageous for local students.
"They'll stay here in Steamboat and be a vital part of our community," she said.
— To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-871-4203 or email jweinstein@SteamboatToday.com