As always, we used a rigorous, more-than-120-question survey to evaluate schools. In addition, newly released public data allowed us to consider more information, from more sources, than ever before as part of the process.(To learn more about what makes a school succeed with veterans, read the entire Military Times article here.)
We pulled data from the Veterans Affairs Department, Defense Department and three Education Department databases for information on everything from veteran-related policies to average salaries after graduation.
Lt. Gov. Garcia to join Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education——- ORIGINAL POST, TODAY, 9:52 A.M. ——-
DENVER — Tuesday, Nov.10, 2015 — Gov. John Hickenlooper and Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia today announced that Lt. Gov. Garcia has accepted a position as president of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. He will leave his dual role, which includes executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE), and plans to begin with WICHE sometime before July 1, 2016.
“I want to thank Gov. Hickenlooper and the State of Colorado for the incredible opportunity to work on important policy issues for the last five years,” said Garcia. “This was a difficult decision but education has always been my passion. I look forward to carrying the message of opportunity, college completion and workforce development throughout the West.”
“Joe will be nearly impossible to replace,” said Hickenlooper. “He has been an exceptional lieutenant governor and in leading education efforts for Colorado. He has given five years selflessly to the success of this state and the future education of our children. We are grateful and wish him continued success.”
Before he was elected lieutenant governor, Garcia was president of Colorado State University - Pueblo. He also served as president of the second-largest community college in Colorado, Pikes Peak Community College and as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary’s Representative for the Rocky Mountain States; Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies; and was named the first Hispanic partner in the 100-year history of the law firm, Holme Roberts & Owen.
Lt. Gov. Garcia has been actively involved throughout his career as a board member for many non-profit agencies such as the YMCAs of Pueblo, Colorado Springs and Denver; Pikes Peak Legal Aid; the Colorado Springs and Pueblo Economic Development Agencies; The Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (where he served as board president); the Pikes Peak Child Nursery Centers Inc.; the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities; and numerous other civil rights, educational, and cultural organizations. He earned a business degree from the University of Colorado and a juris doctorate from Harvard Law School.
In the event of a vacancy, the governor nominates the lieutenant governor who takes office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both houses according to the Colorado constitution.
The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and its 16 members work collaboratively to expand educational access and excellence for all citizens of the West. By promoting innovation, cooperation, resource sharing, and sound public policy among states and institutions, WICHE strengthens higher education’s contributions to the region’s social, economic, and civic life. Its programs – Student Exchange, the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies, Policy Analysis and Research, and Mental Health and several other interstate collaborations – are working to find answers to some of the most critical questions facing higher education today. WICHE’s 16 members include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai‘i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the U.S. Pacific territories and freely associated states (the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is the first of the group to participate).
The Colorado College History Department is hosting a three-day series of presentations on “Addressing Capital Punishment” for the campus and community. Cornell University Professor of History Paul Friedland will speak on “Why States Kill: The History of Capital Punishment from the Medieval to the Modern” at 7 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 30) in Colorado College’s Worner Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave.
Thursday evening, San Quentin Prison Chaplain George Williams, S.J. will speak on “The Cost of Killing: Dimensions of Capital Punishment,” 7 p.m. in Colorado College’s Slocum Commons, 130 E. Cache La Poudre St. Finally, Friedland and Williams will lead a dialogue on “Does Capital Punishment Make Sense: Historical and Ethical Perspectives” at noon Friday in the Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Ave.
The panel will be moderated by former Colorado College President Richard Celeste and followed by a luncheon and small group conversations in Worner Center. For more information, contact Joanna Popiel at (719) 389-6523.
• The composite scores were 20.3 for females and 20 for males.Chalkbeat also has a great tool that allows you to look up the scores at your school or district. I went ahead and did a little of the legwork for you. Here's a few composite scores for local districts:
• Students who qualify for free- and reduced-price lunches had a composite score of 17.3.
• White students scored 21.7, while scores were 17.3 for Hispanics, 17.1 for blacks, 22 for Asians and 17.9 for American Indians.
• Students with non-English language backgrounds scored 13.7.
• Students receiving Title I services, with individual education plans and other special services scored 16.8.
• Immigrant students scored 15.7.
Amid what some see as attempts to de-professionalize teaching — in February a bill passed the state Senate that would make it easier to jail teachers for teaching materials deemed offensive, while another new program lifts teacher licensure requirements in certain districts — some superintendents say teacher morale is at an all-time low.In Colorado, teacher pay is nothing to celebrate. According to teacherportal.com, Colorado ranks 24th out of the 50 states with a starting salary of $32,126 and average teacher salaries of $49,844.
Upcoming school board elections provide outstanding opportunities to positively influence our county's youth, contribute to your local community's success, and gain valuable experience in campaigns and governance.
In particular, districts such as Colorado Springs School District 11 need strong, thoughtful, and bold conservative leadership. If you are interested in running for an open position in your school district in this November's election, we want to hear from you. Let’s help elect people who believe that educational standards should emanate from their own communities instead of from Washington.
For more information, please contact Daniel Cole at email@example.com before Wednesday, August 12.
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BREAKING NEWS: Mike Miles Resigns as Dallas Superintendent
Mike Miles, the controversial superintendent of the Dallas public schools, resigned. He was a military man, trained by the unaccredited Broad Superintendents Academy.
When he arrived in Dallas, he announced ambitious goals, including significant gains in test scores. He fired many principals, closed schools, demoralized teachers (who left in droves), pushed school choice, instituted pay-for-performane, appointed large numbers of young TFA to high-level administrative positions (including the director of human tesources, hired at age 28, fired at age 30 for improprieties), evaluated teachers by test scores: the whole reform play book, but achieved none of his goals. After three years, test scores (the golden ring of reformers) were flat or declining.
Teacher turnover and flight from DISD reached unprecedented numbers. The atmosphere became so toxic that Miles moved his family back to Colorado, presumably for their safety.
One of the lowest points in his three-year tenure was when he directed police officers to remove a school board member from a high school in her district, where she was visiting.
His supporters were disappointed and called it "a sad day."
Others, no doubt, will be glad to see him go.
Colorado Springs School District 11 Summer Food Service Program
Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does the need for good nutrition. Children who aren't hungry learn better, act better and feel better. During the school year, more than 18 million children receive free and reduced-price meals at school. During the summer, that number drops to about three million. Summer food programs provide nutritious meals to children.
Colorado Springs School District 11 will again offer an “open” summer food service program for children 1-18 years of age.
The program will provide free breakfast and lunch during the summer at the locations, dates, and times shown below. Please note: All sites will be closed Friday, July 3, in observance of the Independence Day holiday.
Please call District 11 Food and Nutrition Services, 520-2924, or go to http://www.d11.org/FNS/Pages/SummerMeals.aspx for more information.
Approximately 600 free, reserved-seat tickets for the Academy's Class of 2015 Graduation Ceremony will be available Thursday. Tickets must be picked up by the general public in person at:This year's featured speaker will be Deborah Lee James, the Secretary of the Air Force.
* The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance offices at 102 S. Tejon Street, Suite 430, in downtown Colorado Springs, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
* The Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce offices at 166 Second Street in Monument, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Department of Defense ID card holders may also pick up tickets at the Air Force Academy's Athletic Ticket Office, at the Cadet Field House, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. These ticket locations will be open Monday through Friday, except for Memorial Day.
A maximum of six tickets per person are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets cannot be mailed and there is no will-call at the stadium. Lost tickets cannot be replaced.
Because of increased security measures, individuals picking up tickets in Colorado Springs or Monument will need to provide the following information:
* First and Last Name,
* Date of Birth,
* Driver's License Number and which state the Driver's License was issued in.
Only the person picking up the tickets needs to provide this information. If that individual has a current DoD ID card, they will not need to provide additional information.
The Air Force Academy's Graduation Ceremony is May 28, beginning at 9:30 a.m., in Falcon Stadium and will include a commencement speech by the Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James. The ceremony will conclude with an aerial performance by the Air Force Thunderbirds, weather permitting.
Falcon Stadium gates will open at 7 a.m. on May 28. Due to increased security requirements, please ensure you arrive very early as traffic coming on base will be heavy and there may be long lines at the Stadium. All visitors should be prepared to show valid identification, vehicle registration and proof of auto insurance. Vehicles may be inspected upon entry. If Force Protection Conditions change, some scheduled events may also change or require additional security precautions for the safety of all our guests. Any event changes will be announced via local media and the Academies official Facebook page.
If the graduation ceremony is moved indoors due to dangerous weather or security reasons, general public and staff ticket holders will not be able to attend. If the ceremony is moved, notification will go out by May 28 at 7 a.m., via local media and the Academies official Facebook page.
For more information on the Air Force Academy Graduation, visit http://www.usafa.edu/superintendent/graduation/index.cfm?catname=graduation or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
It's an incredible picture of the era of coins dating back to the 1780's. You would not find gold coins circulating readily. The economy of the United States of America at this time was third world at best. ... The majority of gold coinage circulating in the colonies in the 1780's was Spanish, some of it South American, Central American, but primarily Spanish. Doubloons would circulate and the value of those Doubloons was widely regarded as the standard coinage of the United States colonies for gold, however, 95% of the population of our colonies in these years would never have even touched a gold coin. They would have been handling business on a much, much lower level using pence and half pence, and copper coinage, trading goods and services with each other, rather than trading gold coins. Gold coins were very, very difficult to come by."Brasher," in the name comes from the gold- and silversmith of New York who struck it: Ephraim Brasher. Though new at the time, the coin's design has all the hallmarks of U.S. branding, as it were: stars, eagles, arrows and an olive branch. Per the Money Museum's release:
So naturally, when a gold coin was made it would have been used. It would have gone directly into circulation and was needed to fuel whichever business transactions that were taking place at that high dollar value. For a gold coin, such as the 1787 Brasher Doubloon, to have survived over 230 years practically and still exist today in mint condition is something of a complete mystery and in my opinion a total miracle that this coin exists in the condition that it's in today.
The obverse design of the Brasher Doubloon shows an eagle holding an olive branch in one claw and arrows in another to symbolize that the United States wanted peace but was ready for war. Thirteen stars surround the eagle's head (representing the original 13 colonies), with the E PLURIBUS UNUM ("Out of Many, One") above.Money museum curator Douglas Mudd says, "Not only is it a genuine rarity with high monetary value, it also is a historical treasure-trove because of what it represents as the first gold coin struck for the nascent United States. It is beautiful and historically important as a record of the early design concepts discussed in Congress for U.S. coinage."
The reverse design depicts the sun rising over a mountain in front of a sea, a symbolic of a new beginning. Around the design is another Latin legend, NOVA EBORACA COLUMBIA EXCELSIOR. Columbia was a nickname for the United States, where as "Nova Eboraca" translates to New York and "Excelsior" is Latin for "ever higher."
In addition to his punchmarked initials on the obverse, Brasher's full last name is on the reverse. Brasher served in various political and government offices in New York and later was a neighbor of George Washington on Cherry Street in lower Manhattan.
The Air Force Academy is pleased to announce it has tentatively selected Mr. James A. Knowlton as its new Athletic Director. Mr. Knowlton served as the Athletic Director for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for the past seven years.
As with any federal hiring process, the new hire is not official until all pre-employment requirements are completed and verified. The Academy remains committed to vigorously protecting the privacy of all who applied for the position - including the other finalists for the position.
Dr. Hans Mueh, the current Athletic Director will retire effective Jan. 31, 2015. The Academy will host a formal introduction and press conference with Academy Superintendent, Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson, and the new Athletic Director once the hiring process is complete and the hire is official.
"We were extremely pleased to receive applications from many highly qualified candidates, which following our deliberate process, resulted in an exceptional group of finalists. Mr. Jim Knowlton demonstrated the right level of intensity and experience, while still understanding the unique military culture at our United States Air Force Academy."
"He will balance the demands of the NCAA business with our absolute necessity to win with character. He brings a fresh perspective, but knows the importance of athletics to all of our cadets, not just intercollegiate cadet-athletes. I am confident he will set a culture and climate aligned with our core values. I look forward to him joining our team."
"I am incredibly excited by the honor and privilege of serving as the director of athletics at the Air Force Academy and the opportunity to join an exceptional team and first-class community, on and off base," said Knowlton. "I want to thank Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson and the search committee for their invitation to join the Academy family, and I am eager to
work with the Falcon cadet-athletes, coaches and staff. My family and I are very much looking forward to what lies ahead."
Daniels Fund approves $1.25 million UCCS ethics grant
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The board of directors for Denver-based Daniels Fund recently approved $11 million to continue the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative including a program at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
In announcing its decision Dec. 8, the Daniels Fund said its board evaluated the success of the five-year pilot program at eight universities and opted to increase the number of participants and the number of students reached.
UCCS is part of an original eight-university consortium that in 2010 launched an ethics program designed to strengthen the teaching of principle-based ethics in the college, on the campus and in the community. The initiative reflected the late Bill Daniels’ personal commitment to ethics and integrity. At UCCS, the initiative is led by Tracy Gonzalez-Padron, associate professor, College of Business, and Liz Moore, coordinator, College of Business.
“I am pleased the Daniels Fund will continue to support our efforts to create a more ethical environment on campus and in the community,” Venkat Reddy, dean, College of Business, said. “We have demonstrated our ability to make a difference as well as the need for continued work in this important area.”
For UCCS, the renewal will mean an additional $1.25 million over the next five years to fund the objectives set out in the grant proposal that include community outreach efforts.
In its report to Daniels, the UCCS College of Business cited as its successes the integration of ethics discussions into existing courses in business, philosophy, nursing, communications, education, psychology, engineering, criminal justice and public administration. Additionally, ethics-specific courses were developed for undergraduate and graduate business students and ethic modules for Gateway Program Seminars. Fourteen faculty members were selected as campus Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative fellows and several competitions and seminars and workshops were sponsored with heavy community business leader involvement. The initiative also sponsored several high-profile speakers who visited campus.
Other schools that will continue in the initiative are Colorado State University College of Business, New Mexico State University College of Business, University of Denver–Daniels College of Business, University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management, University of Northern Colorado Monfort College of Business, University of Utah–David Eccles School of Business and University of Wyoming College of Business.
New schools include Colorado Mesa University Department of Business, University of Colorado Denver Business School, and University of Colorado Law School.
Executive leaders from all members of the Ethics Consortium work collaboratively to share expertise and resources.
Bill Daniels, a pioneer in cable television, established the Daniels Fund to extend his legacy of giving far beyond his lifetime. The Daniels Fund operates the Daniels Fund Scholarship Program, the Daniels Fund Grants Program, and the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. For more information, visit www.DanielsFund.org
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in Colorado. The university offers 37 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls about 11,000 students on campus annually and another 2,000 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu .
The Air Force Academy Inspector General office completed its inspection of the Academy Athletic Department and the overall grade was “effective,” which indicates the unit performs its mission. The inspection team highlighted both unit strengths as well as areas for improvement.
“This inspection validates some of the areas where we know we can improve,” said Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson. “However, it also highlights there have been significant gains over the past year and that there are program strengths and a number of areas in the department that are effectively meeting their mission.”
Nothing rose to the threshold that would require a follow-on legal investigation.
“The purpose of an inspection is to give leaders an independent assessment of the overall effectiveness, readiness, discipline and resources of a unit so that leaders can take those results and make improvements,” said Academy Inspector General, Col. David Kuenzli.
According to General Johnson, this inspection report will allow the Academy to do just that.
Using a unit inspection process established Air Force-wide over the past year, the IG inspected portions of the Athletic Department against four major graded areas: Managing Resources, Leading People, Improving the Unit and Executing the Mission. Those major graded areas align with the expectations for all Air Force unit leaders as directed by Air Force Instruction 1-2, Commander's Responsibilities.
Ratings can range from outstanding, highly effective, effective, marginally effective, or ineffective.
Colonel Kuenzli also said it’s important to differentiate between an inspection and an investigation.
“We (the Academy IG) conduct inspections as well as investigations. As explained previously, this was a standard unit inspection using a methodology established by the Air Force inspection process,” said Kuenzli. “This was not an investigation. Investigations are based on specific allegations that an agency violated a DOD or Air Force regulation, or any laws that govern the DOD.” However, he also added that “It’s important to note that while this was an inspection, it did not uncover any allegations that would initiate an investigation.”
In addition to the core IG team, the IG recruited, trained and certified inspectors as subject matter experts from areas like finance, contracting and manpower. The inspection team also employed resident expertise from the aculty to assess the Athletic Department’s strategic alignment and organizational practices.
Some of the department’s strengths and best practices included the fact that the department excels in executing its mission. The inspection highlighted that all cadets are afforded a competitive experience in a physically demanding environment and department employees exceptionally plan, orchestrate and successfully execute hundreds of events annually. In addition, intercollegiate coaches are continuously considering cadets’ time, especially when balancing the desire to train for competitions with the rigorous demands of the Academy, to include academics, military and leadership training.
The NCAA compliance section was a notable strength because NCAA standards are communicated and understood, consistently applied and non-selectively enforced.
Regarding areas for improvement, the IG report noted that department pride in its mission remains high, but morale has suffered from various external and internal factors such as sequestration and budget constraints. The inspection identified a culture in which members had lost a sense of common belonging and recommended several methods to compliment the on-going improvement efforts. It also recommended improvements to the management of administrative and personnel actions.
“I want to thank the IG members for their professional and thorough inspection that will only better this institution as we continue to spread the mindset of a Culture of Commitment and Climate of Respect,” said General Johnson. “This offers yet another opportunity for us to continue to improve and grow.”