(1) The general assembly finds, determines, and declares that:
(a) The Colorado commission on higher education can better serve the citizens of this
state by providing oversight and direction for the provision of regional education
at Adams state university, Colorado Mesa university, and Western Colorado university;
(b) As regional education providers, Adams state university, Colorado Mesa university,
and Western Colorado university shall have as their primary goal the assessment of
regional educational needs and, in consultation with the Colorado commission on higher
education, the allocation of resources for the purposes of meeting those needs.
(2) A regional education provider's initiatives to meet its regional needs may include,
but need not be limited to, the following:
(a) Extension of existing programs;
(b) Creation of new undergraduate programs;
(c) Development of partnerships with two-year institutions; and
(d) Facilitation of the delivery of graduate education through existing graduate institutions.
(3) The Colorado commission on higher education shall, in consultation with Adams
state university, Colorado Mesa university, and Western Colorado university, establish
the criteria for designation as a regional education provider.
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