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 Tuesday, February 26, 2008 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter


Moving forward with Flagship 2030
Chancellor G.P. "Bud" Peterson

We have now begun the important work of planning the implementation of our strategic road map into the future, Flagship 2030: Serving Colorado, Engaged in the World. The tremendous campus response to a call for volunteers to engage in this important task is truly inspiring as we prepare the university for a leadership role in education, research and service for the coming decades.

More than 250 dedicated and enthusiastic faculty and staff volunteered to work on nine task forces charged with developing action plans to implement the eight core and ten transformational initiatives of Flagship 2030.

Because it is important that the task forces be flexible, we have established working groups of 12-16 members. With more than twice as many highly qualified individuals volunteering than we anticipated, we are seeking ways to ensure the involvement of the entire community and in particular, all of those who expressed an interest in participating in this part of the process. The level of enthusiasm exhibited thus far makes me both proud and excited, and is a credit to our faculty and staff, who are deeply committed to reinventing this university to better serve students and society well into the 21st century.

Volunteers were matched to each of the specialized task forces with an eye on a diversity of ethnicity, departments, skills and insights. Rest assured that no interested individuals will be excluded from this process. We would like to call on the unique perspectives, ideas and skills of all of those who volunteered as we move down the road to implementation for Flagship 2030. Consider that during the Phase I planning stage of Flagship 2030 we not only had a 63-member Steering Committee, but also a group of 100 additional "core contributors" whose input was invaluable, and more than 300 others who actively participated in the process. Now in Phase II, we hope to again utilize the talents of all interested parties.

Task forces on faculty, research, graduate education, undergraduate education, enrollment, facilities, budget, staff and operations, and outreach met collectively and in small groups for the first time Saturday, Feb. 16, to begin the process of identifying how the initiatives will be implemented and what resources will be required to go forward.

There was a strong sense of enthusiasm, excitement and energy rivaling a Game Day Saturday in the packed ATLAS auditorium as task force members were eager to get started with the process of re-creating their university for the new century. It's not lost on me that these dedicated volunteers have busy schedules yet find the time to give of themselves, their passion and their insight to prepare the university for the coming decades.

Provost and Executive Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs Phil DiStefano and Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer Ric Porreca rolled up their sleeves to plunge into the Phase II planning process and charge the task forces. Provost DiStefano called the three-hour gathering a "gratifying and unifying experience."

Nine task force chairs and co-chairs were announced Feb. 12. The task forces already are finding focus for what they will examine and the chairs have scheduled their next meetings.

Students and external community members will be added to some of the task forces by the chairs. Many of the task forces are forming subcommittees and inviting others from the campus community to join with them as they work to explore implementation of specific aspects of Flagship 2030 initiatives. Some task forces will examine the same initiatives from different perspectives.

The task forces will reconvene as a group in May for a progress report and will report on their recommendations by Sept. 1.

The task force chairs, Provost DiStefano and Senior Vice Chancellor Porreca will work with governance groups including the Council of Deans, the Boulder Faculty Assembly, the Council of Chairs, Staff Council, the University of Colorado Student Union and the Alumni Association in making recommendations for implementation and timelines.

On many university campuses, the end game in a strategic planning process is the publication of a slick, glossy plan only to be left, and often ignored, on shelves and coffee tables. At the University of Colorado at Boulder, our published plan is not the end, but rather the beginning.

Over the next seven months we are delving deeply into how we can best implement Flagship 2030 as we position the state's flagship university to be a role model for higher education in the 21st century. All of us will need to engage in this process for it to be successful and I thank you in advance for your involvement and support.

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