About US

Welcome to the Academic and Student Affairs Division for the Colorado Community College System.

What We Do

The Academic and Student Affairs Division provides leadership, support, and innovative partnership to the 13 system colleges, as well as other technical and local district partner colleges and school districts, for Academic Affairs, Career and Technical Education, Colorado Online, Student Affairs, and Workforce Development.

The division works to fulfill the CCCS mission of providing an accessible, responsive learning environment where our students can achieve their educational, professional and personal goals in an atmosphere that embraces academic excellence, diversity, and innovation.

We do this by providing leadership and support to our colleges in the pursuit of excellence in teaching, learning, research, service, and dedication to fostering open, inclusive, and equitable environments where students grow as learners.

In collaboration with the leaders, faculty, staff, and students at the 13 colleges with more than 35 locations, the Academic and Student Affairs Division advises and provides vision, leadership, and service in order to:

  • Ensure all Colorado residents have access to high quality educational experiences.
  • Ensure all colleges model equitable policies and practices, so every student is prepared for the challenges and opportunities of life and work in an increasingly diverse state, nation, and world.
  • Promote ongoing student affordability initiatives through Open Educational Resources (OER) and zero-textbook cost courses.
  • Support academic excellence for all student pathways including certificate and degree programs, partnerships with secondary schools, and seamless transfer to four-year institutions.
  • Supports diverse professional and leadership development activities for faculty and staff.
  • Actively encourage and support the faculty and staff in the development of grant initiatives.
  • Successfully respond to accreditation requirements, state performance indicators, and state or national licensure standards for academic programs.

How We Do It

Division staff regularly convene multiple committees including the Adjunct Instructor Taskforce, State Faculty Advisory Council (SFAC), State Faculty Curriculum Committee (SFCC), Workforce Development Committee (WDC), Rural College Consortium, and the VP Council.  In addition, staff collaboratively engage stakeholders within and beyond the system to fulfill the CCCS mission and improve educational opportunities on behalf of the State of Colorado.

We are responsible for coordinating System-wide transfer programs, Career and Technical Education (CTE), and workforce development initiatives. This includes providing leadership for career and college readiness, management of the common course numbering system, concurrent enrollment, system-wide transfer and articulation agreements, supplemental academic instruction, prior learning assessment (PLA), microcredentials, customized training, and career pathways.

We actively work with community partners in developing and integrating efforts for workforce development and work-based learning, as well as expanding apprenticeships and partnerships to develop skills and opportunities for workers and learners throughout Colorado.