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.

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. We now enter into year-three implementation phase of Academic Futures by announcing structures and key leaders. Robert McDonald will assume a dual role as both Dean of the University Libraries and the administrative leader of our campus online education efforts. Current Dean of Continuing Education Sara Thompson will serve as dean and vice provost for the online and distance organization.

Read the Article on CU Boulder Today

Interdisciplinary Education & Research

On October 1, the Academic Futures Committee on Interdisciplinary Teaching, Research and Creative Works will release its draft report to campus for a 30-day comment period.  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 will be looking to campus for their input to the report.  We will be requesting comments, as well as 2-page response papers to the report.  Additionally, we have scheduled eight town halls throughout October to hear from campus their reaction to the Interdisciplinarity Report.  Please join Dean White and members of the Committee and share your views!


  • Wednesday, October 2nd,  9:30 am – 11:00 am, UMC 425
  • Thursday, October 3rd, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm, UMC 247
  • Monday, October 7th, 9:00 am – 10:30 am,  SEEC N224
  • Tuesday, October 8th, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm,  UMC 382
  • Monday, October 14th, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm,  ECAD Room 109 (Clark Conference Room)
  • Thursday, October 17th, 10:00 am – 11:30 am, UMC 245
  • Monday, October 21st, 9:00 a, m – 10:30 am, SEEC N224
  • Friday, October 25th,  10:00 am – 11:30 am, UMC 247