Posted: Friday, Apr 6th, 2012
BY: Julia Wilson
Courier staff writer
Adams State College is close to clearing its final hurdle to becoming Adams State University.
Wednesday the Senate Education Committee referred House Bill 12-1080 to the Committee of the Whole with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar. The motion passed unanimously.
The bill is scheduled on the consent calendar for a second reading on Tuesday, April 10.
It was previously approved by the House Committee on State, Veteran and Military Affairs and to the Education Committee. The Bill then passed in the House and was sent to the Senate where it was relegated to the Senate Education Committee.
ASC President David Svaldi hopes to have the institutions status changed by the Fall 2012 semester.
The Bill has been moving swiftly through the system:
January 11, 2012: Introduced in the House (Sponsored by Rep. Edward Vigil and Sen. Gail Schwartz) and assigned to the House Committee on State, Veterans, and Military Affairs.
February 29, 2012: Referred without amendments to the Education Committee.
March 14, 2012: Referred without amendments to House Committee of the Whole.
March 26, 2012: House Second Reading passed.
March 27, 2012: House Third Reading passed.
March 30, 2012: Introduced in Senate and assigned to the Senate Committee on Education.
April 4, 2012: Referred without amendments – Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
April 9, 2012: Scheduled for Second Reading in the Senate.
If the Bill passes the Senate and is signed into law by Gov. Hickenlooper the number of programs, both undergraduate and graduate, will expand.
Administrators of ASC also expect enrollments to continue increasing as well.
“It is a natural progression to change Adams State College to Adams State University,” Svaldi has said in the past. “Changing our name to university will better represent the high quality and breadth of Adams State’s academic programs, for graduate and undergraduate students, as well as for distance learners.”
Administrators have maintained the name change is not going to be a radical change.
“Adams State is already operating on the level of a university, and our name should reflect that role,” reads an FAQ for students. “The university name will more accurately reflect the range and quality of our graduate and undergraduate missions, showcasing our academic quality along with changes in the marketplace. Retention of ‘Adams State’ in our name demonstrates a continuation of our essential character and values.”
If the name change is approved alumni will be able to get new diplomas with Adams State University on them, and transcripts will be issued under the ASU name.