Printable PDF Action 22 Higher Education Principles

Action 22 is a membership organization of individuals, local governments, businesses, and other organizations in 22 counties in southern Colorado, and is committed to advancing the general welfare and prosperity of its counties. The geographic area is 36,530 square miles representing roughly 35% of the State’s land area and consists of a population of 800,000.

The Action 22 counties are home to two (2) universities, one (1) four-year college and five (5) two-year community colleges that offer associate through doctoral degree programs and specific academic and technical training programs. These institutions are an important part of the economic and social environment of the Action 22 region. The future economic growth and prosperity of Southern Colorado depends on the continued strength of these institutions, which are individually unique and vital in serving Southern Colorado citizens.


  1. A quality education at every level is essential for economic and civic well-being of every Colorado citizen.
  2. Public higher education, in one or more of its many forms, is virtually a necessity in today’s world.
  3. The presence of public higher education greatly enhances economic development through the development of human capital thus providing a well-educated and productive workforce for business and industry as well as community leaders and an informed citizenry.
  4. Adequate public investment in higher education generates substantial economic return on the investment and makes significant social, financial and economic development contributions to the communities in which schools are located.
  5. If the state fails to provide adequate funding for the higher education system, the value of past investment will be lost and will not be recovered for decades, if ever. The negative impact of such failure will affect the immediate and future economic and social well-being of the entire state.
  6. Colorado needs to provide the funding necessary to maintain the state-owned capital infrastructure at institutions of higher education.
  7. Tuition revenue is an important element of higher education funding, and must be set at levels that adequately contribute to total revenue requirements of the individual institutions without making higher education inaccessible to much of the population


  •   Support legislation that increases funding from 2004-2005 levels. At a minimum, public funding should keep pace with the economy.
  •   Support legislation that allows institutions of higher education to set tuition levels as needed to maintain the quality and accessibility of higher education, taking into consideration the level of public funding, grants, donations and other support.
  •   Support legislation that enables each school to preserve its unique attributes while enabling them to benefit from the synergies and savings that are gained from targeted coordination of administration and curriculum.
  •   Support legislation that enables higher education to function outside the TABOR limits.
  •   Oppose legislation or regulation that diminishes the integrity and relative autonomy and stature of individual schools or campuses.


Adopted 1/21/05