The CCHE will begin work on the new funding formula this week, kicking things off with a two-day retreat Thursday and Friday in the Student Center at Pueblo Community College, according to a news release.

CCHE is not only tasked with creating the formula, which must be finished and presented Dec. 5, but it must also make that formula easy to understand. Understanding the potential impacts for individual colleges and universities, though, has led to some head scratching.

Niche publication Chalkbeat Colorado cites sources in a June 24 story as calling the search for a new funding model “frustrating” and “complex.”

According to Chalkbeat’s analysis, the requirement that 52.5 percent of total funding be devoted to Colorado Opportunity Fund stipends would drive more money to higher-enrollment institutions and “is expected to most benefit Metropolitan State and Colorado Mesa universities and the community colleges.”

Richter said he’s not sure what, if any, impact the new funding formula will have on Aims, as Aims and Colorado Mountain College are a separate line item on the state’s budget. Both Aims and Colorado Mountain College are considered “local district” community colleges, Richter said.

The Colorado Department of Education said in its summary that the key goals of the project are to provide greater tuition predictability for Colorado families and to ensure an accessible and affordable public higher education system for years to come.

“I’m delighted to hear they’re working on a different way to fund higher education, because we can price ourselves right out of the market for middle class students,” Richter said. “It’s just too expensive.”

If every deadline for the new formula is reached, the new funding formula will be taken into account for the 2015-2016 school year.

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