CU Boulder’s core mission is to educate students and engage in cutting-edge scholarship and creative work, research and discovery. The success with which we carry out this mission determines our ability to accomplish our strategic imperatives, which are to shape tomorrow’s leaders, positively impact humanity and be the top university for innovation.

To ensure continuing success, the campus is now ready to embark on a conversation called Academic Futures: Rethinking the university – the futures of learning and discovery.

Interdisciplinary Education & Research

On October 1, the Academic Futures Committee on Interdisciplinary Teaching, Research and Creative Works released its draft report to campus for a 30-day comment period. (The deadline has now been extended to Nov. 8.) The Committee has been working since spring to look at innovative models to improve our interdisciplinary practice and reduce the campus barriers to this important work. 

Once again, we looked to campus for their input to the report. We requested comments, as well as 2-page response papers to the report. Additionally, scheduled eight town halls throughout October to hear from campus their reaction to the Interdisciplinarity Report. 

Online/Distance Education

On September 13, 2019, the Provost accepted the recommendations of the Academic Futures-Financial Futures Online Strategy Working Group and took action on its first recommendation. CU Boulder will create a new organization to oversee teaching and technology, online and distance learning that will work with faculty and staff to support the vision put forward by our campus through Academic Futures.

Also on Sept. 13, Moore and Fox announced the formation of three working groups to create detailed plans to enable the campus to move forward to the new future, and on Oct. 11, the three groups were announced.

The first working group will develop a plan to move from our current state of online education to the future desired state. The second group will consider bold new possibilities for Continuing Education as a program innovator and incubator. The third group will focus on the resources and support functions necessary for the future of online and Continuing Education.

The work of the groups will be conducted during the fall semester. The Continuing Education Future State and Online Future/Hub working groups will deliver their reports on Oct. 25, while the Infrastructure Working Group will deliver its report on Dec. 2.

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