Best Of 2012: Higher Ed for the Money
From small-town option to full-fledged higher-ed contender, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs has matured with the city it's called home since 1965. Enrollment has increased 30 percent over the past decade, from 7,446 in 2002 to 9,777 this fall, according to spokesman Tom Hutton. The campus has gone through growing pains to meet the needs of local, regional and out-of-state students, as well as employers specifying workforce desires. And the growth continues: An $18.2 million expansion project is under way for two new dorms by next fall. Plus, the Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences, an $18.5 million building on North Nevada Avenue, will be the university's first structure in the urban renewal zone that brought University Village to the area. Best bang for the buck? You bet. — Debbie Kelley
Camp Guide 2011
UCCS Summer Camps
UCCS offers summer programs for ages 4 to 18, including individual and team athletics; recreation programs; science/technology/engineering/math (STEM) camps; and an array of art and culture programs, including the TheatreWorks Shakespeare Camp. Check the website for a full schedule.
Best Place of Higher Education
When the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs completes construction of its new events center in the next few months, spokesman Tom Hutton says, you might expect to see some larger speakers. "And I don't mean the kind that connect to your stereo," he quips. Hey, with all the infrastructural improvements UCCS has made over the past few years, you never know. In just the past 15 months, the school has added a 160,000-square-foot science and engineering building and a new recreation center, plus renovated old buildings. Such is the price of growth: Enrollment has increased by 27 percent this decade, to nearly 8,500 students, including hundreds of active military personnel and dozens of Olympic athletes. Notable fact: 61 percent of those who've graduated before them are employed in the greater Colorado Springs area. — Kirk Woundy