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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The Importance of Increasing the Focus on Strengths Utilizing the Current CliftonStrengths Program at CU Boulder (Shaff, Williams)

The authors argue for a stronger emphasis on students understanding and developing their strengths via peer coaching and other support mechanisms as embodied in the CliftonStrenghts Program.

Return Atlas to the Students; They Paid for It (Acevedo-Munoz)

The author argues that the ATLAS institute should be returned to its status as a student-centered resource given that students funded the complex that houses the institute.

Transformative IT: Critical to our Academic Future (Stanek, Gartner)

The authors outline a process of “Transformative IT” that brings people together from different academic backgrounds in an collaborative and engaged process where all project stakeholders, along with IT, work together at the same table from the start to prioritize and successfully execute a vision in a timely manner.

Proposal for Graduate-Level Interdisciplinary Degree Programs (Department of Linguistics)

The authors offer suggestions on how to overcome what they view to be the greatest challenges to working across disciplinary boundaries at CU Boulder in the areas of teaching, curriculum, and research.

Maximizing the benefits of shared instrumentation: Fostering flexibility rather than “one-size-fits-all” approaches (Metcalf, Flowers)

The authors argue that CU will be best served by helping labs meet their individual scientific and fiscal goals rather than by imposing “one-size-fits-all” policies across campus, which will prevent some labs from thriving and from successfully serving a broad off-campus user community.

Gathering Information to Facilitate Change in Undergraduate Education (CU English Dept.)

The authors describe the process of gathering best practices and surveying students to “rethink the English major.”

Science and Environmental Communication at CU Boulder (Boykoff, Pezzullo, et al)

The authors propose ways to increase communication and more coordinated outreach related to scientific and environmental research at CU Boulder and in the Boulder science community at large.

Improving Faculty Gender Equity and Climate at CU Boulder (Miller, Knight, Mollborn, Osnes)

The authors suggest a series of steps to improve climate, gender equity, parental leave and childcare as core issues central to gender equity on campus.

Sustainable Solutions Collaboratory (Simmons)

The author proposes the founding of the cross-campus and cross-college Sustainable Solutions Collaboratory to serve as a clearinghouse, curator, and applied learning and engagement hub at CU Boulder.

Studies of foreign cultures/languages as the educational necessity (Leiderman, Olson Osterman, Weber)

The authors explain the professional and ethical (rather than recreational) relevance of humanities, and especially, literary and cultural studies of foreign countries while proposing steps that would highlight the professional aspects of the humanities at CU Boulder.