Colorado Concern 

January 26, 2015

Colorado Concern in the News

 

Tamra Ward

Many of you participated in a member survey late last year that asked you as a business leader about your interaction with, and expectation of, our higher education institutions.  A special thank you to Regis University for approaching Colorado Concern with the idea of collecting this data.


A summary of the findings follows:

 

In what areas of study should colleges and universities focus their efforts when educating and preparing business leaders?


Common themes included a focus on communication, technology, critical thinking, finance and organizational management.  An interesting comment was noted, "Helping them understand they won't start at the top," indicating that many graduates enter the business world with false expectations about themselves and their work environment.

 

When making hiring decisions, which education-related factors do you consider most important?


Applied skills in in the professional field were deemed most important.  A college or university's reputation was deemed least significant.

 

What specific work skills do you feel are lacking in recent graduates you are considering for hire?


A predominant theme was a lack of basic skills in writing, math, communication and personal expression. This is followed closely by lack of applied knowledge (noted above as a key factor in hiring), internships and related work experience.  A lack of initiative/drive and business understanding was also mentioned.

 

When you think about hiring employees, how valuable are these employee traits or characteristics to you and your company?

 

#1 - Morality and Ethics & Initiative (tie)

#2 - Accountability  

#3 - Adaptability and Dedication 

#4 - Maturity 

#5 - Personality, Creativity

Least important: Cultural Sensitivity

 

Which method of higher education do you believe provides the best student outcomes?


Respondents believe traditional classroom learning provides the best student outcomes, followed closely by hybrid, which includes online courses.  Questions exist around online-only programs.  

 

How important is it for colleges and universities to develop skills (list provided) in order to prepare students for business success?


Honest employees with integrity who can communicate and write are what businesses want and need. Next most important skills are critical thinking, problem solving, work ethic and motivation, and dependability/reliability.  At the bottom of the importance scale were technical/trade skills, leadership/confidence and economics/finance.

 

When you think about experiential learning opportunities for students as they might apply to your business or industry, which of the following do you feel contributes the most to employee success?


Respondents ranked all aspects of experiential learning (apprenticeships, internships, service learning, clinical experience, mentorship) as equally important, clearly indicating that any practical experience is necessary and desirable.

 

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement:  Student outcomes are better when universities and colleges collaborate with businesses.


All respondents agreed, the majority strongly, that student outcome is better when universities and colleges collaborate with business.

 

Please share the ways in which you or your organization are currently involved with higher education.


The large state systems of higher education are most engaged with the business community.  The primary area of engagement is in the fundraising and donor area. This is followed by guest speaker/presentations and internships/mentoring.

 

If you are NOT currently doing so, are you interested in partnering with one of Colorado's colleges or universities?


Businesses are looking to partner with universities in leadership development, followed closely by internships and mentoring.  Businesses are also seeking opportunities to interact with students in a manner that allows for ethical development/corporate responsibility, workforce recruitment and employee engagement and growth.


Nearly half of respondents indicated they did not have a preference with regard to which college or university they work with; they saw value in any relationship that was nurtured.


This information is incredibly valuable - and instructive - to our institutions of higher learning. 


If you would like Colorado Concern to connect you with any of our state's colleges or universities, please do not hesitate to contact me at tamra@coloradoconcern.com.

 

Warmly,

Tamra  

Tamra

Colorado Concern Legislative Tracking


 

Click here to find out what legislation Colorado Concern is tracking. The report includes links to bill text, sponsors, Colorado Concern's positions, bill status, and additional notes.

 

Click here to download the Colorado Concern At a Glance Status Sheet for quick tracking of Colorado Concern's bills of interest.

Colorado Concern Upcoming Events


 
Below is information on upcoming Colorado Concern events.  

Click here for more information or to register to attend events.

 

Friday, February 6: Colorado Concern Membership Networking Lunch Hosted by Dan Ritchie

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Colorado Concern, 140 East. 19th Avenue, Suite 400


 

Monday, March 2: Colorado Concern Annual Membership Luncheon Featuring Governor John Hickenlooper

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Carriage House at the Governor's Mansion, 400 E. 8th Avenue.

Colorado Concern News Clips

 

Development/Real Estate

Denver Business Journal: January 16

 

Denver Post: January 18

 

Caution on Google expansion trademark of Boulder's vigilance on growth

Denver Post: January 18

 

First salvo fired on Colorado's construction-defects battlefield

Denver Post: January 21

 

Denver Business Journal: January 21

 

Economy/Economic Development

Denver Post: January 21

 

Denver Post: January 22

 

Denver Business Journal: January 22

 

Education

Denver Post: January 17

 

Unprecedented Coalition of 14 Statewide Groups and School Districts Announces School Choice Rally at Colorado Capital

PR Newswire: January 21

 

Denver Post: January 22

 

College tuition caps rejected by Colorado lawmakers

9NEWS: January 23

 

Denver Post: January 23

 

Denver Business Journal: January 23

 

Change in Metro's admission standards could prove a little testy at Legislature

The Colorado Statesman: January 23

 

Elections/Politics

Denver Business Journal: January 16

 

Colorado legislators needs to plan for an aging population

The Denver Post: January 19

 

Denver Post: January 20

 

Klingenschmitt bill could have unintended consequences in Colorado

Colorado Springs Gazette: January 20

 

Raising questions about being deceived, Colorado lawmakers push back

Denver Post: January 21

 

Denver Post: January 21

 

Legislators get comfortable at 1525 Sherman

The Colorado Statesman: January 23

 

Back to the dog fights

The Durango Herald: January 24

 

Grand Valley to be site of experiment on remote testimony of legislative bills

Grand Junction Daily Sentinel: January 25

 

Energy

Denver Post: January 18

 

USGS: Southern Colorado earthquake "wasn't real"

Denver Post: January 19

               

Mineral-rights fight drills on

The Durango Herald: January 21

 

Fracking and EPA's 'ObamaAir' power grab

Journal Advocate: January 21

 

5 Years After Citizens United, Big Oil and Gas Money Spills Into Colorado State Elections

Huffington Post: January 22

 

Legislative Solution to Colorado Local Control Issues Unlikely

Natural Gas Intelligence: January 23

 

Polis, Boulder County back up Longmont on fracking ban appeal

Longmont Times-Call: January 23

 

Denver Business Journal: January 23

 

General Business

'Biosimilars' law returns to Colorado Legislature; would allow generics to be swapped for biotech drugs

Denver Business Journal: January 19

 

Denver Post: January 19

 

Health Care

VA forms investigative board for medical center project in Aurora

Denver Post: January 19

 

New York Times: January 21

 

Denver Business Journal: January 21

 

Denver Business Journal: January 21

 

VA officials struggle to put price tag on cost of Aurora hospital

Denver Post: January 22

 

GOP lawmakers target executive bonuses at Colorado health exchange

Denver Post: January 22

 

First legislative attacks on Colorado health benefit exchange get OK

Denver Business Journal: January 22

 

Denver Post: January 23

 

Labor/Employment

I-News: Data show wage theft is common in Colo.

9NEWS: January 19

 

Denver Business Journal: January 23

 

Immigration

Denver Post: January 21

 

Labor/Employment

Republicans vote to end Pay Equity Commission

KDVR: January 22

 

Marijuana

Denver Business Journal: January 19

 

4 things to know about medical marijuana and the Colorado legislature

Colorado Springs Gazette: January 20

 

Oregon bank opens doors to Colorado marijuana businesses

Denver Post: January 21

 

Denver Post: January 21

 

Denver Post: January 23

 

Transportation

11 Ways Transit, Bikes & Walking Moves the US Toward a Brighter Future

Shareable.net: January 20

 

Denver Business Journal: January 19

 

Denver Post: January 23

 

Denver Business Journal: January 23

 

Denver Business Journal: January 23

 

Water

Denver Post: January 23

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