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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On the inherent conservatism of humanities departments (Müller-Sievers)

(Amended) The author holds that current models of humanities departments are too strictly tied to 19th century models, and the time has come to think about different configurations of humanities departments to facilitate research and teaching.

Understanding the Student Experience (Sawaya et al.)

Oct. 26, 2017

The authors propose a detailed partnership with students designed to understand very precisely how they themselves define the student experience in all its most vital aspects.

A short 'white paper' about envisioning the future for CU Boulder (Grant)

Oct. 26, 2017

The author proposes articulating academic goals over athletic goals, focusing on the quality of programs over size, and limiting enrollment along the lines of notable leading universities and one area peer.

Teaching and Learning Center Academic Futures White Paper (Kuskin and Learning Center Committee Members)

Oct. 26, 2017

The authors offer an initial vision and principles for a campus-wide teaching and learning center that would connect pre-existing and new teaching and learning services.

A Key to Further Internationalization at CU Boulder (Bell)

Oct. 26, 2017

The author offers strategies and solutions for coordinating the myriad aspects of international education at CU Boulder, culiminating in a call for a Vice Chancellor for International Policy and Programs.

Changing the Landscape of the University: Recognizing Students as Partners (Moriyama et al.)

Oct. 26, 2017

The authors propose students acting as full partners with faculty, repositioning them as, respectively, learners and teachers and that redefines the traditional roles of students and faculty in relation to one another and to the institution.

Valuing Time as a Limited and Essential Resource (Koval)

The author diagrams the processes and procedures that waste valuable faculty time, and makes suggestions for developing a campus culture of maximizing time as a resource.

The International Affairs Program: Values-driven Interdisciplinary Teaching and Organization (Chester)

The authors demonstrate the International Affairs Program (IAFS) as a model for interdisciplinary teaching for the campus based on the dual appointment structure of faculty and other shared intellectual capital strategies.

Teaching Standards to Engineers (Krechmer)

As the Internet has become more important to all of society, more people recognize the importance of standardization. The paper focuses on the training that technical experts (engineers) need in standards and standardization.

Story Lab: A White Paper for the Academic Futures Committee (Gerland)

The author proposes a set of first-year, interdisciplinary “story lab” courses in which students study particular stories as models for generating their own stories and chart their own transformations.