Our greatest asset in this visioning effort is our community. You have great ideas about where we should be headed. To make sure that we hear all of these ideas, campus leadership invites you to gather together and develop community white papers.

The deadline for submitting a white paper has passed. If you have a question about white papers, please email Academic Futures. 

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Re-Imagining Teaching and Learning through Material Culture (Guinn-Chipman, et al.))

The authors put forward a model of teaching and learning that offers students “a lived experience” through the application of tactile, object-based learning, and flexible spaces in which students can access collections that foster greater engagement and creativity among undergraduate and graduate students.

CU REACH: Expanding Research and Education on Cannabinoids and Health (Bidwell et al)

The authors put forward a proposal to create a multi-disciplinary research center for studying the health effects of Cannabis in order to impact scientific understanding, public policy and public health issues related to the legalization of the drug in Colorado and across the nation.

Toward a Culture of Academic Exploration (Grabham, et al.)

The authors suggest that students should be empowered to take greater ownership for their educational experience and that this empowerment could lie in giving them more time to explore their passions, building a community more supportive of that exploration, and structures and policies that support it.

Bringing Back In-Person, On-Campus New Student Orientation (Raile)

The author makes a case for abandoning the online orientation for new students at CU-Boulder and restoring an in-person, on-campus model to create a more positive and human experience for students.

Rethinking the Outdated Binary of Teaching and Service to Unleash Innovation and Support Student Success (Norgaard, et al)

The authors argue for renewed emphasis on the service performed by instructors and for improving the contractual structures and work conditions of instructors to facilitate that service, all for the purpose of increasing student success.

Integrating public engagement into the culture of CU Boulder (Sommer, et al.)

The authors revisit recommendations for integrating public engagement into scholarship across the campus.

Building Community via a Recording Space (Schwartz)

The author argues that the university could create a stronger sense of creative agency for students by creating a recording studio where students could collaborate on multi-media projects outside of class.

A New Model Course Delivery (Rudy)

The author submits that doing away with the traditional semester timeline and creating two fall 6-week “sessions” would allow students to focus deeply on course material and pace their work to achieve greater success.

A narrative experience: One hour of Academic Advising (Vahey)

The author puts forward composite examples of academic advising that illustrate advisors’ collaborative work with students, faculty and staff, underscoring the need for considering the role of advisors in carrying out campus priorities.

Making a Campus Core (Braider)

The author muses what a core course of whatever kind, and in whatever discipline, might look like and aim for.