Michael Vente

Director of Research

Colorado Department of Higher Education

Michael Vente

Director of Research

Colorado Department of Higher Education

As the Director of Research for the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE), Mr. Vente’s research focuses on student participation in concurrent enrollment programs as well as remedial and/or developmental education. His master’s thesis focused on factors affecting undergraduate graduation rates using performance-based funding models.

Mr. Vente has worked as a policy fellow for Colorado US Senator Michael Bennet, Florida State Senator Mike Fasano, and the UK House of Commons. In addition, he has worked for the The Capstone Group and their lobbyists as a legislative assistant monitoring the legislative process at the Colorado Assembly where he attended committee hearings and advocated for various education and nonprofit organizations. Just before joining the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Mr. Vente worked for the Colorado Department of Human Service on the implementation of Colorado's statewide Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline. Mr. Vente has a Master’s Degree from the University of Denver in public policy and international administration with concentrations in education policy and comparative/international political economy.

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