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Governor to sign into law master’s programs at Metro State


Posted: May 4, 2009



(Denver, Colo.) — WHO/WHAT: A new frontier is on tap for Metropolitan State College of Denver with the development of a master’s program for the first time in its 44-year history. Gov. Bill Ritter is scheduled to sign into law HB-1295: A Bill for an Act Concerning Authorizing Metropolitan State College of Denver to Offer Master’s Degree Programs. The bill changes existing legislation, which had prohibited Metro State from offering graduate-level programs, to read as follows: “In furtherance of its role and mission, Metropolitan State College of Denver may offer master’s degree programs that address the needs of its urban service area.”

Metro State plans to initially explore adding master’s programs in accounting, social work and teacher education. The college began with less than 2,000 students, and now serves nearly 22,000 students.

WHEN: 10:15 a.m., Tuesday, May 5, 2009

WHERE: West Foyer (first floor) State Capitol

Visual: To celebrate the historical occasion, Metro State President Stephen Jordan will attend the signing, along with the college’s many supporters, including Metro State’s mascot, Rowdy the Roadrunner.

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About Metropolitan State College of Denver

Metro State is a fully accredited, four-year institution, serving more than 21,700 students. It is Colorado’s leader in educating in-state undergraduates and is one of the largest four-year public colleges in the nation. Metro State enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state. It boasts 63,000 alumni, the bulk of whom stay in Colorado after graduation. Visit Metro State at www.mscd.edu.