National Recognition for Colorado Mountain College

Third Most Affordable Bachelors Degree

US Department of Education: Colorado Mountain College offers third-most-affordable bachelor’s degree in nation


Colorado Mountain College was named the nation’s third-most-affordable college for obtaining a bachelor’s degree, in a report from the U.S. Department of Education. It is the only institution in Colorado listed among the country’s most affordable four-year institutions.

“We have always known that Colorado Mountain College presents an extraordinary value, so being recognized as offering the third-most-affordable bachelor’s degree in the country confirms that students at CMC are financially smart and receive a terrific advantage compared to their peers,” said Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, president and CEO of the college, which boasts seven campuses and 11 learning locations spread across the central Rocky Mountains. “With national student debt reaching $1.3 trillion and more jobs requiring a post-secondary degree or certificate, students and families are acutely aware of the importance of an affordable, high-quality education.”

On July 1 the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education College Affordability and Transparency released its annual list comparing the affordability of public and private colleges and universities, sorted by whether institutions grant four-year, two-year or less than two-year awards and degrees.

Based on 2013-14 tuition levels, CMC ranked third in the United States for lowest tuition among public four-year institutions, behind Dine College and Haskell Indian Nations University. The institutions ranked first and second are both tribal colleges. According to the Department of Education list, Colorado Mountain College is the most affordable general (non-specialized) public four-year institution in the nation.

See complete story on eNews



Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence

Colorado Mountain College is in top 13% of two-year colleges

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program has named Colorado Mountain College as one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges. CMC is eligible to compete for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and $1 million in prize funds.

Aspen Institute LogoThe Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence honors institutions that strive for and achieve exceptional levels of success for all students, while they are in college and after they graduate.

The Prize, awarded every two years, is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges and recognizes institutions for exceptional student outcomes in four areas:

  • Student learning
  • Certificate and degree completion
  • Employment and earnings
  • High levels of access and success for minority and low-income students

The eligible institutions, from 37 states, and have all demonstrated strong outcomes in these areas.

Read more about the nomination in eNews

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Colorado Mountain College in US Top 20

Student Success also ranked #1 in Colorado by CNN/Money

Colorado Mountain College was listed by CNN/Money in the top 20 nationally (see CNN/Money story) for student success at two-year colleges. The college also ranked #1 among Colorado’s two-year colleges for graduation plus transfer rates.

Colorado Mountain College is are #17 in the US and #1 in Colorado for student success in graduation and transfer rates.According to CNN/Money: “College Measures, a joint venture of the American Institutes of Research and Matrix Knowledge Group, has created a chart for CNN/Money to help students find the best options. Based on the percentage of students that graduated within three years or transferred to four-year colleges, they compiled a ‘success’ rating for each community college in the U.S.”

#17 in the Nation

The result? ranked Colorado Mountain College #17 in the nation for graduation + transfer rates for schools with more than 200 full-time freshmen. This reporting tool is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

This means Colorado Mountain College students are more successful than those at most two-year colleges. They are graduating and/or transferring to traditional four-year colleges and universities at a rate that is rivaled by only 16 other community colleges in America! Compared to similar-sized schools in the same report, Colorado Mountain College is in the top 2 percent.

Great Value in Education

Colorado Mountain College is a great value. Tuition is low. And students are successful. Our national ranking proves it.

Read the report at CNN/Money.