Candidate Q&A Content Politics University of Colorado Board of Regents Voter Guide 2018

Alvin Rivera, Glen H. Gallegos and Michael Stapleton

Alvin Rivera, Glen H. Gallegos and Michael Stapleton

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Alvin Rivera

Democrat


AGE
n/a
RESIDENCE
Pueblo (19 years)
HOMETOWN
Pueblo
PROFESSION
Larger Schooling Administration
EDUCATION
Ph.D., CU-Boulder; MA, College of Denver; BS, Colorado State College-Ft. Collins; AA, Trinidad Jr. School
FAMILY
Spouse, Carol Rivera
EXPERIENCE
35 years working in greater schooling establishments, together with federal authorities service
WEBSITE
alvinforcu.com
FACEBOOK
alvinforcu
TWITTER
@alvinforcu

Why are you operating for workplace?
I need to proceed to advertise scholarship for college kids attending the College of Colorado system. My experiences in greater schooling modified my life and way of life. It’s my hope that it does the identical for college kids attend our 4 college campuses.

In 2013, I used to be chosen as the primary “University of Colorado Advocate of the Year.” We had 2,300 advocates throughout 2013. A particular occasion, attended by 100 friends, was held in my honor. An article within the CU school and employees publication, CU Connection (October 17, 2013) said, “CU President Bruce Benson recognized Rivera for the `enthusiasm, passion and action he brings to his role as a CU advocate.’”

If I develop into a CU Regent, I’ll proceed my advocacy for all 4 CU campuses. As a result of I graduated from 4 Colorado schools, it has enabled me to have a broader imaginative and prescient of upper schooling providers provided in Colorado. For these causes, I’ve been a monetary contributor to CU since 1978, a contributor to all 4 CU campuses; and final yr my spouse and I created an endowment to CU and one other mid-western liberal arts school.

What three coverage points set you aside out of your opponent(s)?
1) It is a vital position of the Regents to supervise the 4 respective campuses. Furthermore, it’s a duty for the Regents to make sure that the price of school is reasonably priced and that scholar debt is stored as little as fairly attainable. I’ll carry out these duties with nice care. The price for a university schooling continues to extend yr after yr. My opponent has been current as a Board of Regent member throughout these rising prices to college students. 2) An amazing deal extra must be executed to advertise college students from rural Colorado communities into our 4 college campuses. That is very true for scholar dwelling in western and southern Colorado. Though my opponent has promoted CU in his residence city, his help has not been far reaching past his western county. three) I’m a robust advocate free of charge speech points, with out qualifications. My opponent, just like the Republication celebration, has shifted round on this challenge and solely just lately, when the difficulty turned a scorching mattress of protest, did nearly all of Republican Regents come to their senses on this very important challenge within the college. It recommend a restricted imaginative and prescient of my opponent in understanding the mission of upper schooling establishments.

What are the most important areas of settlement between you and your opponent(s)?
1) My opponent and I’ve considerably comparable backgrounds. We share a Hispanic heritage; 2) We each graduated from Colorado universities. He graduated from Adams State School, earlier than it turned a college; and I graduated from 4 Colorado schools, together with the College of Colorado Boulder, the place I acquired my PhD. three) We each consider within the worth of the CU system; and Four) We each consider within the worth of acquiring a better schooling.

Is holding larger schooling reasonably priced a precedence for you, and in that case, how ought to universities go about doing that?
This can be a very important query to be thought-about. First, I might favor an extended take a look at the general mission of every campus and rigorously look at how it’s addressing that mission and the allocation of assets towards that mission. 2) The three campuses, CU Colorado Springs (UCCS), CU Denver and CU Boulder, will have to be evaluated in another way than the CU Anschutz campus, as a result of, on the floor, their missions are decidedly totally different. three) Within the case of the previous, I might be inclined to favor an index that reveals: a) how college students are adhering to a time line for ending their instruction; and b) how instructors will probably be directed to acquire scholar enter to evaluate the effectiveness of the classroom instruction and how the method could possibly be improved. Within the case of the CU Anschutz campus, every division must be evaluated on 1) how it’s attaining its analysis and improvement objectives; 2) how it’s progressing towards acquiring exterior monetary assets; three) how the analysis is contributing to the over all mission of the CU Anschutz campus; and Four) how the analysis undertaking is in line with the mission for the College of Colorado System. It is very important work with the federal and state departmental businesses and legislature to safe instructional assets and research value efficient methods to ship educational providers; 5; lastly, to leverage the prevailing “CU Endowments” for different instructional wants, together with educational prices and scholar providers, We need to guarantee that there’s efficient management on the College for making schooling reasonably priced. There’s a precedence for this, and the 4 campuses, in any respect ranges, might be held accountable. Will probably be considered one of my priorities.


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The College of Colorado-Boulder graduates 62 % of its college students of colour, vs. 69 % of white college students. Ought to the system ought to do extra to assist nonwhite college students succeed? In that case, what, and if not, why not?
YES, it’s the position of the Regents to do its half to assist college students of colour to achieve success. It’s completely inside their purview to do that very important and significant activity. The Regents must be truthful and accountable to make sure the scholars of shade are progressing towards said objectives and being given the instruments to succeed. As a Regent, I might anticipate the establishment’s “best practices” for dealing with minority communities can be present and up to date to be on the cutting-edge of data and knowledge on this scholarly endeavor. Furthermore, I might hope that this analysis would come with all college students of colour who reside in rural faculties and their communities.

I recall, once I was considered one of 50 Hispanic college students out of 14,000 scholar enrolled at Colorado State College-Ft. Collins in 1966-1968, That was the time to be asking the questions of this nature. How a lot have we discovered since then? This can be a truthful query and how properly are the outcomes being utilized in our 4 college campuses shifting ahead?

What do you see because the position of a regent? How would you stability the pursuits of the administration, college students, alumni and taxpayers?
From my 23 years of working in Washington, D. C., together with serving within the Administrations of two U.S. Presidents, these collective experiences give “meaning to my words” past any abnormal American in understanding governmental and instructional processes. Why this assertion is necessary is that my position as a Regent can be to exhibit management by instance, by my rigorously said phrases and by untiringly working to serve the curiosity of “all the groups” talked about above.

That is our college system, and make no mistake about it, I’m their “public servant.” I need to take heed to individuals, rigorously evaluation knowledge analyses and arrive at a joint determination with different Regents. The perfect one might hope to do is to render one’s greatest judgment on points coming earlier than the physique of Regents. In so doing, I might achieve this first and most significantly by rendering a “fair judgment” on all points and towards all teams.


Glen H. Gallegos

Republican


AGE
68
RESIDENCE
Grand Junction (68 years in Colorado)
HOMETOWN
Born: Mogote; reside in Grand Junction
PROFESSION
Former educator-26 years. Enterprise proprietor
EDUCATION
Mesa Junior School- BA -Western State School, Masters- College of Northern Colorado, PHd work- College of Denver
FAMILY
Spouse, Diane. Married 45 years. Four grown youngsters and Four grandchildren
EXPERIENCE
2004-2008- Trustee. Colorado Mesa College, Western Colorado Group School. 2012-present- CU Regent- third Congressional District
WEBSITE
glengallegosforcuregent.com
FACEBOOK
CURegentGallegos
TWITTER
n/a

Why are you operating for workplace?
I’ve had a profitable first time period representing the third congressional District. I’ve helped develop partnerships and collaboration between CU and the cities, hospitals, Universities and counties of the third CD.  I want to proceed this work. As well as, the final 6 years have seen the CU system prosper. We’re attracting extra in state college students, we’re monitoring commencement price , scholar debt and how graduates are doing once they graduate. As well as, our medical mission is clear all through Colorado and as a analysis establishment we proceed to develop. Our 4 campuses are tuned into offering a top quality schooling. I deliver a singular talent set to this board; k-12 expertise, greater ed expertise, and enterprise expertise plus I stay in rural Colorado and symbolize rural Colorado. My talent set and success in my first time period will present continuity to the board and be essential as we rent our subsequent president.

What three coverage points set you aside out of your opponent(s)?
I consider CU have to be a College for all of Colorado.

I consider CU have to be a spot the place all concepts are fostered and mentioned and the place college students are taught to assume and make selections.

What are the most important areas of settlement between you and your opponent(s)?
I consider widespread themes for all candidates revolve across the space of affordability; accessibility to a CU schooling for all Coloradans and a top quality of schooling that results in excessive paying jobs for our graduates and our financial system.

Is preserving greater schooling reasonably priced a precedence for you, and in that case, how ought to universities go about doing that?
Entry to greater schooling is a precedence, Analysis is displaying that for the roles of in the present day; schooling and coaching past highschool are obligatory. Instructional entry isn’t solely a few Four-year diploma. The development within the final 14 years has lowered state help to greater schooling and I anticipate it to proceed. Protecting prices down has been a precedence
We’ve got had success with the next methods: 1. making our case to the legislature. 2. On the lookout for efficiencies with-in our personal system. three. Various strategies of delivering greater ed. (on line schooling; certificates the place wanted for re-training; establishing a $15,000 on line CU diploma; making certain a seamless switch coverage from group school to our campuses; partnerships with different schools and universities; presents, philanthropy from enterprise and personal donors; work-study packages for college kids on campuses; discovering new scholarship dollars; accepting concurrent programs from highschool college students; and chopping the commencement time from the normal four-year cycle.)

This effort is on-going. I’m pleased with these efforts.

The College of Colorado-Boulder graduates 62 % of its college students of colour, vs. 69 % of white college students. Ought to the system ought to do extra to assist nonwhite college students succeed? In that case, what, and if not, why not?
Monitoring retention charges and commencement charges is occurring system broad. Attracting good college students, retaining and monitoring them to commencement requires intervention methods, counseling and further assets for use to get college students to commencement. Commencement not attending is the objective!

Once we see discrepancies in scholar success it is crucial. Making certain that college students of colour are attaining in addition to their counterparts is essential. We have now many packages on all of our campuses to make sure these college students succeed.. Commencement is the aim. My expertise has all the time been measuring what’s essential will get completed. There’s 100% dedication from Regents, President and campuses to boost our commencement and success price.

What do you see because the position of a regent? How would you stability the pursuits of the administration, college students, alumni and taxpayers?
My position as a Regent is to rent the perfect president potential, guarantee they’re clear concerning the tradition of the College and the objectives have been making an attempt to perform, have a way for measuring success and then help them! The president and their staff have to be in tune with college students, alumni, and the school group. There isn’t a room for a Regent who’s a micro- supervisor. As has been the case, I’m out there to satisfy with School Council, college students, father or mother teams and to be an lively a part of Regent committees.

Regents are elected thus they’re accountable to their constituents and the College. My expertise is that representing constituents and working for an ideal college are mutually unique. I consider I’ve been accessible to my constituents and consider that my voters trust in my talents.


Michael Stapleton has not returned the questionnaire.