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CU-Boulder Fall 1998 Submission
CU-Boulder local indicator 6: Outreach: Sharing campus resources, programs, and expertise
with Colorado citizens, businesses, schools, and other organizations
|Evaluation: CU-Boulder makes significant contributions
to the state's well-being through course offerings, campus activities that
attract community members, outreach activities touching all ages and all
corners of the state, and student involvement in the community through
volunteer and service-learning activities. Plans to increase service learning
opportunities, coupled with outreach initiatives through ATLAS,
the Alliance for Technology, Learning, and Society, mean that the already
significant benefits of these activities to Colorado citizens will only
increase in coming years.
||Courses for Coloradans not seeking CU-Boulder degrees
- Our division
of continuing education offers credit and non-credit courses for interested
students of every age. Credit courses are offered through an evening program,
on a space-available basis in regular campus courses, via the Internet,
and via CATECS to businesses and industrial sites via live TV broadcasts
and videotapes. Over 550 Coloradans took non-degree credit courses in fall 1997.
- We also offer certification programs for those seeking
continuing professional development, including teacher licensure.
- The division of continuing education averages 23,000 credit and non-credit enrollments per year.
||Activities for faculty, staff, and students which attract community members
||Community members attend and participate in many campus events, including
||Activities designed for community members
- Each year the Boulder campus offers over 600 community service, service learning,
and technology transfer/sharing events for the public at large. For a sample see the web
- The Outreach Committee provides funds
to departments and faculty to support presentations, performances, and exhibitions and
to bring groups from around the state to campus. Programs include CU This
Summer, history and language days, Mr. Wizard science shows for children,
the museum's Bugmobile, CU Before the Game, and CU on the Road (science,
theater, and art programs throughout Colorado).
- CU-Boulder's Business Research Division sponsors an annual
Colorado economic outlook forum
and forecast used statewide
- ATLAS, the Alliance for Technology,
Learning, and Society, is a major technology planning initiative with the goal of excellence
in teaching, research, and outreach related to information and communications technologies.
||Student groups, classes, and academic programs with community involvement
- The University of Colorado at Boulder has a strong history of service and service-learning:
Students have been formally engaged in service for at least thirty years, and some faculty
have been teaching service-learning courses for more than a quarter of a century.
The Office of Service Learning
is the central locus of service-learning on campus, emphasizing recruitment
of faculty, increasing the number of courses with service-learning components,
and institutionalization of service learning.
- Service learning gives students hands-on, participatory
learning; teaches positive values, leadership, citizenship and personal
responsibility; invites students to become members of their own community;
and prepares students for careers after college.
- Formal service learning programs include the
Presidents Leadership Class,
an assistive technology class in engineering, Spanish
2150, and parts of the Farrand Hall Residential Academic Program.
a program in International and National Voluntary Service Training, is
a service and learning program that trains students for life-long community service.
- Many students also volunteer
in the community in more traditional ways; this includes hundreds of students who do community
service through Greek-letter organizations
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