Strategic Plan for Academic Affairs (1996)

Executive Summary

In response to our charge, and in the context of the reports from the eight Working Groups that formed plans and recommendations for the betterment of CU-Boulder, we propose recommendations in each of five areas. The rationale and strategy for the implementation of each recommendation are presented in the body of the report.

(I) THE EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE OF BOULDER'S STUDENTS

(II) INTERACTION BETWEEN CU AND THE COMMUNITIES IT SERVES

  • II.1. Develop the University's programs for service-learning and teaching- or research-outreach. Existing programs that help students, staff, and faculty to work outside the University on issues related to their areas of professional expertise should be supported and publicized. Other campus units should be encouraged to articulate their own definitions of service-outreach and service-teaching to help broaden the utility of the University to the State of Colorado in particular and to our society at large.
  • II.2. Improve the utility and accessibility of our academic facilities to both existing students and the public at large through invigorated Summer School and Extension programs, through proactive efforts to recruit students, and through the use of new University capabilities in Information Technology.

(III) SUPPORT FOR TEACHING, RESEARCH, & CREATIVE WORK

  • III.1. Recognize and reward the scholarship of teaching.
  • III.2. Require each academic unit to articulate broad definitions of teaching/learning and research/creative work that are appropriate for its faculty's breadth of interests and that will recognize the value of good interdisciplinary work.
  • III.3. Promote a diverse Boulder Campus faculty, staff, and student body.
  • III.4. Improve the University's resources for the support of scholarship and creative work through improved coordination between officers of the Boulder Campus, the CU Foundation, and the University Technology Corporation. The University should consider a direct reporting structure between the CU Foundation (Boulder Campus) and the Chancellor.
  • III.5. Provide access to the Internet for all members of the Boulder Campus community.

(IV) CLIMATE AMONG THE FACULTY, STAFF, AND STUDENTS

  • IV.1. Implement procedures that will encourage civility among the members of the Boulder Campus community.
  • IV.2. Encourage consultation with the faculty, staff, and students in administrative decision-making processes.
  • IV.3. Encourage all departments to adopt flexible procedures to foster legitimate faculty productivity over the course of an academic career.
  • IV.4. Establish a structure for faculty compensation that is fair, accountable, efficient, and stable.

(V) THE BUDGET PROCESS BY WHICH CU ALLOCATES RESOURCES

  • V.1. The Boulder Campus should establish a budget process that is timely, open, and interactive. The units receiving allocations should participate in the budget process.
  • V.2. The Boulder Campus should explore the use of its existing mechanisms for evaluation and program review to inform a budget process that is based more upon performance.

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