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CU Boulder's Vision for 2030

Vision Statement

Our strategic planning process has led us to a new shared vision for transforming CU-Boulder into one of the nation's leading public research universities. The vision includes the contributions of a variety of individuals, and it recognizes CU-Boulder's ongoing statutory mission as a "comprehensive graduate research university with selective admissions." In it, we challenge ourselves to become a "new flagship university" within the next quarter-century:

The University of Colorado 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 Themes

In the "visioning" process, six broad themes emerged for the "new flagship" CU-Boulder aspires to become.

First, the university environment will be intellectually inspiring, academically challenging, welcoming, supportive, and conducive to positive personal growth.

Second, CU-Boulder will become a dynamic global force for nurturing ideas and the uses of knowledge.

Third, the university will be a place that exemplifies diversity, intercultural understanding, and community engagement.

Fourth, CU-Boulder will help promote Colorado as a global crossroads of ideas and discovery.

Fifth, the university will provide students with a foundation of knowledge that will help them reach their full potential.

Sixth, CU-Boulder will be an agile organization supported by effective leadership, financial and operational models, and infrastructure.

These themes will provide guidance for realizing the Flagship 2030 vision.

Investing in the Vision

We believe Flagship 2030 requires a two-pronged approach to investment and decision making. First, we must focus on near-term needs to sustain quality and remain competitive in our core service areas; and second, we must implement aggressive, far-reaching "flagship initiatives" for transforming the university. Moving the university forward through these important initiatives will depend on the availability of resources.