Published: Oct. 16, 2013

Chancellor DiStefano’s 2013 State of the Campus address was delivered on Tuesday, Oct. 15 to a packed house in the University Memorial Center’s Glenn Miller Ballroom.

The address provided updates on several campus initiatives, reflecting progress towards Flagship 2030 goals as well as continued innovation in the face of new funding realities. The Chancellor shared how programs such as the Office of Industry Collaboration and the Office of Performance Improvement have been launched to support the pursuit of industry-sponsored research agreements, as well as re-engineering all aspects of what we do on the campus.

The Chancellor called upon the CU-Boulder community to imagine and support innovations in how we serve students, identify new sources of funding, and find ways to build our reputation in Colorado and around the world. He also outlined six fundraising priorities for the campus, ranging from aerospace to STEM education.

The chancellor also outlined an ambitious goal of increasing our campus’ six-year graduation rate to 80 percent from our current rate of 68 percent, saying “It is imperative that, if we are to succeed as a top-notch university in the 21st century, we deliver on the promise of a valuable and timely degree to all of our students.”

Read the full text of the speech at