April 30 Board of Regents meeting roundup

April 30, 2013

The University of Colorado Board of Regents hosted its monthly meeting at the Anschutz Medical Campus and did the following business: 

  • Heard a presentation on CU-Boulder’s General Engineering Plus degree. The degree will provide students an opportunity to
    1. complete a design-rich engineering core curriculum;
    2. complete an emphasis in Aerospace, Mechanical, Architectural, Civil or Environmental Engineering, and; 
    3. complete a purposeful sequence of customizable electives within or external to engineering – this is the “plus” in Engineering Plus. One of the sequences would be a CU Teach Math or Science certification. 
  • Heard presentations on financial aid from CU Vice President Todd Saliman that showed that Colorado’s average debt load for resident students is about $2,400 below the national average and lower than fellow state schools Colorado School of Mines, CU Denver Anschutz Medical Campus and Metropolitan State College of Denver. 
  • Viewed a system presentation on efficiencies in computing, Housing and Dining Services, procurement, revenue-sharing and centralizing software at CU-Boulder that have saved the Boulder campus hundreds of thousands of dollars annually. 
  • Had a robust discussion among the CU chancellors and board members on the state of intellectual diversity on the campuses. In that discussion, Chancellor DiStefano cited the recent work of a committee comprising CU faculty and external stakeholders to select CU-Boulder’s first Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought & Policy, Steven Hayward. DiStefano said the cooperation of the faculty members of the committee with the external stakeholders is an example of CU-Boulder’s ongoing commitment to the free exchange of ideas, as well as symbolizing the ability to work together across political lines to benefit students.