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 Division of Continuing Education extends the university’s educational reach to traditional and non-traditional students. It offers lifelong learning opportunities for university credit, personal enrichment, and career enhancement, as well as ways for former CU students to complete their degrees. Courses are available in a variety of formats, both face-to-face and online throughout the calendar year, providing students with flexibility and quality educational options from university-approved faculty.

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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.

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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 (OVCR) is the central point for support and advocacy for CU-Boulder's world-class scholarship, creative work, and research. It serves as a focal point for investment in all of our knowledge building activities. We strive to provide the infrastructure and administrative support necessary to promote and sustain our highly productive faculty and research programs.

In 2013-14, 2248 proposals worth $1.3B were processed by the Office of Contracts and Grants, and 1880 award actions led to $412M in research funding. Through the Office of Research Integrity, we seek to ensure that research activities are conducted in compliance with Federal and state regulations and meet the highest ethical standards.

The OVCR also provides HR services for 1600 research faculty and 460 research staff members in 12 Institutes and departments.

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. 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.

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

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

The first priority of the Division of Student Affairs is students' development as successful, intellectually curious learners, and as healthy, competent, active citizens of the world. Student Affairs encompasses all the basic support services that enhance the classroom experience: where students eat, sleep, build community, make friends, and where students can go when they need help.

Student Affairs is committed to enhancing the factors that lead to academic success while mitigating the obstacles that may impede progress. In collaboration with other members of the campus community, the division provides educational opportunities, resources, and support to help each individual student reach his or her academic and personal goals. The Division supports student success by creating inclusive environments that address the social, emotional, physical, spiritual, professional and academic needs of all students in order to increase retention, academic progress and graduation rates.

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

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