CU Boulder struggles to enroll low-income students. That has consequences for Coloradans’ social mobility.

Despite modest gains over the last decade, the University of Colorado Boulder still ranks near the bottom of the list of flagship public universities in enrollment of low-income students.

… Incoming Board of Regents member Ilana Spiegel campaigned on creating more support for low-income and minority students and ensuring CU Boulder and the CU system’s other schools better reflect the state’s high-school population.

A student’s ZIP code shouldn’t dictate whether they are able to enroll at CU Boulder, Spiegel said.

“The demographics and the population of the state has changed,” she said, “And we need to be able as a system to grow to meet those needs.”

Colorado recently changed its higher education funding formula to give more money to colleges that enroll and graduate the state’s neediest students.

But Spiegel said more needs to be done at the board level. She hopes to find ways to lower tuition, remove standardized testing requirements and help cover student living expenses. …

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