While only about 25 percent of Colorado high school graduates will attend a four-year college, we must make sure that public higher education is not priced out of the reach of our lower and middle class students. Also, it would be quite shortsighted to let our institutions of higher education slip even deeper into financial difficulty. Our universities and colleges build the skilled work force and educators of the future. Our research institutions develop the cutting-edge products that our economy will need to compete in the national and global marketplace. Our community colleges and vocational schools train other types of professionals, including those who will hold the "green collar" jobs that we will produce in our New Energy Economy effort.