The bill creates the Colorado student leaders institute (institute), which is an annual, 4-week, summer residential educational program for students who have just completed ninth or tenth grade. The institute is hosted by the university of Colorado at Denver (university). The institute combines courses, lectures, and seminars, with enrichment classes in music, art, and theater. Students who participate in the institute must also complete a history research project as part of a competition held during the institute and complete a public service practicum. Each student who successfully completes the institute will receive 3 hours of postsecondary academic credit from the university. To apply to the institute, a student who attends a public school that is not a charter school must be nominated by the superintendent of the school district in which the student enrolls. A student who attends a charter school or a private school must be nominated by the school principal.
The institute is overseen by an executive board that consists of senators and representatives appointed by the senate president and the speaker of the house; educators and persons from the community who are appointed by the governor; and the chancellor of the university, the commissioner of education, and the executive director of the department of higher education, or their designees. The executive board reviews applications and selects students to participate in the institute, selects the faculty and courses for the institute, and appoints an executive director to manage the institute. The executive board may also appoint an advisory board to assist in raising funds and marketing for the institute.
The executive director is responsible for contracting with the university, creating the application and establishing timelines for submitting applications and selecting participants, soliciting faculty members for the institute, and counseling students who participate in the institute, through the first year in which they enroll in a postsecondary institution. With the executive board's approval, the executive director may hire additional persons to assist with counseling.
The institute is funded by appropriations, which may include appropriations from the state education fund. In addition, the executive board may accept gifts, grants, and donations for the operations of the institute.
The institute is repealed, effective July 1, 2019.