August 16, 2022

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Big universities are reaching into rural Colorado where shrinking share of high school grads go to college

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GUNNISON – Higher education lags across open expanses of the Rocky Mountain West where distances to campuses can exceed 100 miles and, in rural Colorado, barely half of high school graduates enroll in college.

But on a recent spring morning here at a new $80 million engineering and computer science building in windswept cattle country, 13 hoodie-clad students were burrowing down on a challenge. Their Data Analysis and Experimental Methods professor Lauren Cooper, lured from a tenure-track position in California, had distributed fabrics with microscopic pores that breathe while blocking snow and rain. Cooper instructed the students to figure out how to test and compare “waterproofness” of the recreational gear industry’s latest garments.

“What would the mechanical system look…

Bruce Finley

2022-04-02 06:00:53

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