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Bringing more minority and low-income students into STEM fields; connecting Coloradans to long-term mental health care


Colorado high school students who live in a middle to upper income household are most likely going to college. A recent report from the state Department of Education shows that 67% of these students enroll in a bachelor’s degree program. But those numbers are much lower for low-income students and students of color.

Last year, state legislators took several steps to make access to higher education more equitable. Governor Jared Polis signed two bills – one banning the use of so-called “legacy admissionsby public colleges and universities, making Colorado the first state to end the practice. He also signed a bill to remove a requirement that public colleges consider SAT or ACT scores for freshmen, have them rely instead on high school performance indicators such as grade point average, class ranking, and overall academic rigor of a student’s course work. The new law still allows students to submit these test results if they wish.

Almost a year after the promulgation of these bills, it is not yet known what the impact will be. Dr. Pius Kamau believe a lot After must be done to encourage and support children from underrepresented groups in pursuing higher education – especially in STEM fields. Dr. Kamau was born and raised in Kenya and spent three decades as a surgeon in Colorado. He told Colorado Edition how higher education institutions can help more students.

During an ongoing mental health crisis, many Coloradans with serious mental illnesses end up cycling in and out of emergency services or prison. Without easily accessible long-term treatment, this cycle leaves some with nowhere to go. KUNC Leigh Paterson reports on a $65 million bill that aims to create more places where people can get help.

May 4th is known to fans around the world as star wars day. Colorado fans can show off their light or dark side fandom by grabbing one of the few personalized license plates being auctioned off by the state. Options include ANAKIN, KYLOREN, MANDO, YODAIAM, and JEDI. the profits raised go into a fund for the benefit of Coloradodans living with a disability. The auction continues until Sunday. May the fourth be with you!

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