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Spotlight On: APS' Efforts to Make College More Accessible for APS Students and Staff

Thursday, November 29, 2018  
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Spotlight On: Aurora Public School's Efforts to Make College More Accessible for APS Students and Staff

Communication Matters Newsletter — November 29, 2018

Last summer, Aurora Public Schools announced the exciting news that they’ve partnered with the Colorado State University – Global Campus to increase access to college and postsecondary education for APS students, staff and graduates. The online university system’s new headquarters building will be on APS land, and lease payments will be made in the form of major discounts and scholarships for those in the APS community.

“This revolutionary partnership will allow more students than ever to earn credentials that they may have considered out of reach,” said APS Superintendent Rico Munn in a press release from this summer.

The innovative project with CSU-Global was several years in the making, said APS Chief Communications Officer, Patti Moon.

“We were exploring ways that we could improve college access and affordability for students,” she said. “Then, in 2016, Aurora voters approved a bond package that improved funds to build a building for the headquarters, so that kickstarted the process.”

APS and CSU-Global worked out a deal in which APS staff, graduates and graduating students would receive significantly discounted tuition rates to attend the online university. The two institutions are still developing a plan for a scholarship option, as well.

 

Members of the APS and CSU-Global teams break ground on the new headquarters

 

Construction on the CSU-Global headquarters building is underway, Moon said, and it’s expected to open in late summer or early fall of next year. More details about the scholarship program will be shared when the building opens.

One of the things APS is most excited about, added Moon, is the fact that CSU-Global is an online program.

“We have heard from students and families in this community that a barrier to college is sometimes that students need to be able to work and stay close to home,” she said. “This is an opportunity that allows for that.”

Some staff members have already signed up and are taking advantage of the partnership, Moon said, and feedback has been strong.

Find more information about the APS/CSU-Global Partnership by clicking here.


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