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 Tuesday, January 22, 2008 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter


Continuing Education and Professional Studies: new opportunities in the new year
Anne Heinz, dean of Continuing Education & Professional Studies and associate vice chancellor for Summer Session

Even if the winter weather belies the 'spring' term, a new semester is well underway at Continuing Education and Professional Studies. We hope you will consider the broad array of credit and noncredit courses that might be a good fit for you, your students, staff and coworkers. Please take a look and remember that we offer academic advising, financial aid and career services. Some new activities that we'd like to highlight include:

As part of CU-Boulder's commitment to a sustainable future, Chancellor Peterson serves on the steering committee of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). By January 2008 over 450 American colleges and universities had signed the ACUPCC pledge to "eliminate their campus' greenhouse emissions over time." In turn, Dave Newport, director of the Environmental Center, will offer a Carbon Neutral University Planning course (ENVS 4100) on the Boulder campus. Dave's course engages students in CU-Boulder's efforts to draft a plan for the campus to fully eliminate net emissions of greenhouse gasses and to forecast a date by which the campus will attain this goal.

Because ACUPCC signatories had no comprehensive roadmap for the carbon neutral planning process, Dave needed an innovative approach to designing his course. He consulted with our Independent Learning (IL) program staff to develop a strategy for bringing the carbon neutral planning process to a wider audience through distance education. IL is working with Dave and his staff to offer online versions of the course for credit (ENVS 4100) or noncredit CEUs (NCSP 5100). The IL version of the course will extend the reach of the on campus course to help students, faculty and staff of other universities collaborate as they engage in a similar planning process.

Two national organizations, the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), are supporting the course with consulting and guest lecture expertise. These organizations and students in the course will contribute to a wiki-style collaborative online document that will evolve with the course and become a resource nationally.

Faculty members from the department of communication have drawn upon current research findings to design four noncredit courses to enhance communication skills. These one or two day courses include: Skills for More Productive Meetings; Having Difficult Conversations; Delivering Outstanding Presentations; and Communicating Effectively Online.

The Personal Enrichment program offers over 35 noncredit courses, primarily in the evenings and on the weekends. New noncredit courses are being offered in conservation ethics, Florentine Renaissance art, digital photography, film appreciation, the history of architecture and more.

Our Boulder Evening program offers about 65 credit courses, principally lower division arts and sciences courses. New this term is HEBR 2352 'Introduction to Modern Jewish History' offered in conjunction with the Program in Jewish Studies.

Our community partnership with the Boulder Public Library and the CU-Boulder Outreach Committee will continue this spring with the faculty lecture series 'CU @ the Boulder Public Library.' CU-Boulder faculty members provide monthly presentations that are free and open to the public at 7 p.m. in the library's Canyon Theater. For a complete schedule see the website.

The International English Center (IEC) is cooperating with ALTEC to offer a pilot workplace ESL training program for selected CU employees. A diversity and excellence grant from the Office of the President will fund work release for the involved classified staff members.

The IEC and CAETE (Center for Advanced Engineering and Technology Education) will host 14 undergraduate engineering students from MyongJi College in Korea for a joint program featuring ESL instruction and an overview of telecommunications systems. The program will also introduce the College of Engineering and Applied Science to the students as an option for graduate studies.

The CU-Boulder Outreach Committee will be accepting outreach proposals for 2008-09 during the spring semester. Watch for the call for proposals or visit our website for the application guidelines. The committee awards funding to faculty projects designed specifically for external audiences that highlight faculty research, creative work and teaching. Projects feature an extensive range of disciplines such as history, dance, music, physics, math and engineering.

Visit our website for a complete listing of our programs and courses. Faculty and staff discounts are available, as well as a limited number of scholarships.

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