Welcome to the Division of Academic Affairs

The Division of Academic Affairs is responsible for meeting the academic mission of the University of Colorado at Boulder to be a comprehensive graduate research university with selective admission standards offering a comprehensive array of undergraduate, masters and doctoral degree programs. Our path in accomplishing this mission is articulated in the vision that the University of Colorado at Boulder will become a leading model of the “new flagship university” of the 21st century—by redefining learning and discovery in a global context and setting new standards in education, research, scholarship, and creative work that will benefit Colorado and the world.

Central to support of this mission is the recruitment, retention and development of faculty, a process managed by the Office of Faculty Affairs. In addition, the Office of the Senior Vice Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor for Budget & Planning manages the development of allocation of resources towards the goal of meeting the mission of the campus. The division works collaboratively with the Boulder Faculty Assembly to ensure shared governance in the programs and policies that affect faculty and the academic mission of the university.

Our seven schools and colleges produce a wide range of academic offerings as well as enrichment experiences such as study abroad, residential academic programs, undergraduate research, and service learning. Graduate students may supplement their advanced degree studies with teaching and research assistantships.

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Schools and Colleges

Students can explore educational opportunities in our seven colleges and schools plus the programs in Journalism and Mass Communication and Environmental Design, in which our faculties teach over 3,400 core and elective courses in over 100 fields of study. The university offers majors at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. More information about each college and school is provided through the links below.

Academic Support Units

Students may take advantage of additional academic resources through our academic support units.

The University Libraries system on the Boulder campus is the largest library collection in the Rocky Mountain region — more than twelve million books, periodicals, government publications, audio-visual materials, microforms, maps, manuscripts, papers, and computer-based sources.

The Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies extends the university’s educational reach and offers lifelong learning opportunities to traditional and non-traditional students, for university credit, personal enrichment, and career enhancement. Courses are offered during the regular academic year, Maymester, and summer school.

More information about each academic support unit is provided through the links below.

Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement

The university strives to be a welcoming and inclusive living and learning community, by encouraging community members to explore and embrace differences between and among people. The Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement (ODECE) leads the campus in diversity education and outreach. Programs and activities are sponsored by ODECE to engage the campus and community members in valuing our common experiences and celebrating our differences.

More information about the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement is provided through the link below.

Vice Chancellor for Research

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research collaborates with faculty and students at the University of Colorado at Boulder to generate and transmit knowledge to those inside and outside the university through research, science, and creative works. The research enterprise includes more than ninety research institutes, centers and laboratories making discoveries in areas such as renewable energy; media, religion and culture; space science; cardiac physiology; natural hazards and emergency preparedness; prevention of violence; and language and learning. Sponsored research funding is thriving, having reached over $266 million in federal and other support during the 2007 fiscal year. Undergraduate students have opportunities to participate in academic enrichment, scholarly or creative activity, by partnering with one of CU’s outstanding faculty through its Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). Graduate students are provided opportunities to engage in research through assistantships. The Vice Chancellor for Research also serves as the Dean of the Graduate School, which supports the educational and professional development of graduate students.

More information about the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research is provided through the link below.

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs supports students in their intellectual and personal development by creating a positive learning environment. The division is comprised of about 30 support and service units that offer programming to inspire, educate, and support students in their efforts to excel personally and academically, demonstrate high levels of integrity, and exhibit a strong commitment to building a just and equitable world for all people. Students are encouraged to write, speak, and think critically, and to become skilled and knowledgeable in their academic disciplines. The division helps our students develop a healthy sense of identity as individuals and as members of a community, placing high value on the ability to thrive both independently and interdependently. Particular emphasis is placed on cross-cultural appreciation and literacy, ethical leadership, and a commitment to civic engagement and social justice.

More information about the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs is provided through the link below.

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