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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Creating a culture for responsible campus building growth: a call for campus community involvement and a focus on existing buildings (Ramirez-Aguilar)

The author argues that to truly optimize space utilization on campus and further minimize the need for future buildings, additional actions will need to be made to shift the culture of the campus as a whole towards a mentality of optimization.

Overcoming institutional barriers to a true interdisciplinary curriculum at CU Boulder (Powell, Melbourne, Cech et al.)

The authors center their arguments in STEM education reform, arguing for better support for faculty who occasionally team teach by giving them full teaching credit and (2) support for graduate students by incorporating flexible ‘breadth’ course requirements into STEM graduate curriculum.

Engagement vs Motivation: Creating and Sustaining Learning in STEM (Hand, Penuel)

The authors believe that moving away from the notion of motivating students to one of engaging students in learning environments could have profound effects on CU’s school culture and its ability to create and sustain learning and participation in STEM fields.

Improving research, teaching, and innovation via shared equipment resources (Greever, Ramirez-Aguilar, et al.)

The authors argue that CU Boulder could have a more positive impact on the fiscal stability of research labs while promoting innovation and enhancing undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral learning by making better use of existing shared equipment resources on campus.

“Cradle-to-Grave” advising and the ACE approach: A model for a School of the Environment, Design, and Sustainability (Advising Center for Excellence Team)

The authors suggest the ACE model represents an effective approach to building and sustaining “academic neighborhoods” in a larger context on campus.

Leadership in Sustainability (Kang)

The author outlines how intentional sustainability-related leadership and activities revolving around academic, research, operational, student and community engagement can ensure CU Boulder’s success in achieving global leadership in sustainability and effectively incorporating sustainability into all aspects of the University.

Open Science: Key to accelerating interdisciplinary research & education (Balch, et al.)

The authors hold that open science is a critical pathway to accelerating the best new environmental science from big data opportunities.

Roster Institute and Museum faculty into the tenure departmental homes (Bowers)

Jan. 25, 2018

The author suggests that institute faculty should be rostered into their “cognate department homes” along with adjustments of salaries of institute and A&S faculty along more equitable lines and a series of other standardizations and measures to promote equity between the two faculties.

A call for envisioning robust and welcoming interdisciplinary structures (Hulden, et al)

The authors call for a formal conversation on how to best create a structure or set of structures that dismantle existing barriers to interdisciplinary work in the broadest sense.

Supporting digital scholarship to bridge disciplinary and hierarchical boundaries (Hulden)

The author argues that the campus consider ways to consolidate gains made in digital scholarship and the use of digital assets by faculty. Suggestions include funding to mold sustained 1 programs (with possibly additional technical support staff and e.g. improved options for web hosting) and the development of incentives (summer funding, course releases, etc.) to allow faculty new to digital scholarship to get involved.