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Planning for Flagship 2030


The Flagship 2030 strategic plan will serve as a long-term model for CU-Boulder to become the “new flagship university” of the 21st century. The plan will position the university for global leadership in education, research, and creative works by the year 2030. In this planning process, we are cognizant of CU-Boulder’s remarkable history, having evolved with vision and determination from a fledgling frontier campus to a thriving university of 30,000 students. We recognize the university's exceptional strengths and contributions, and we honor the culture of excellence that has earned us international respect in a number of academic disciplines. At the same time, we also acknowledge the current and future challenges facing the university.

We chose Flagship 2030’s quarter-century planning horizon to encourage creative thinking about the university’s leadership potential, unencumbered by current issues. However, we have not overlooked the immediate need to achieve and maintain excellence in core areas and to remain competitive in the near term. Therefore, Flagship 2030 offers both short- and long-term directions for transforming the CU-Boulder into a leading model for the “new flagship university” of the 21st century.

The Planning Process

Led by Chancellor G.P. “Bud” Peterson, our strategic planning effort reflects the input of hundreds of faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, business leaders, community members, government officials, and other university stakeholders. A 54-member steering committee guided the planning process, made up of individuals from all segments of the university, the local community, state leadership, and other constituencies. The committee was assisted in its work by many subject matter contributors. We received input through several university open forums; interviews with community, business, and government leaders throughout the state; a Flagship 2030 website; and a variety of other local, statewide, and national efforts.