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.

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Creation of a Cross-Campus Faculty Committee for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies (Labio)

The author proposes the creation of a nimble and flexible structure that will allow the campus to respond quickly and creatively to evolving interdisciplinary needs.

Professional Opportunities for Existing and New Students at CU Boulder (Wasser, et al.)

The authors propose a seven-point plan for improving professional programs – particularly those that leverage CU Boulder expertise in the space, earth, computer and data science realms.

Colorado Community Partnerships and Faculty Residencies (College of Media, Communication and Information III)

The authors propose longer-term (minimum of one semester) faculty residencies to provide site-specific education around Colorado. The instruction focus could include traditional and non-traditional undergraduate student education, dual high school enrollment, co-requisite remediation, and graduate education and BA/MA programs.

Media Communication Literacy – a Campus Imperative (College of Media, Communication and Information II)

The authors propose that every student who graduates from CU should be able to understand how messages, images and information are gathered, organized and used to create meaning.

Re-establishing ATLAS Institute as a Campus-Wide Resource (CMCI)

The authors propose returning the ATLAS building and the Center for Media, Arts & Performance to the campus for use as a campuswide resource overseen by a Council of Deans formed from all CU Boulder colleges, with a coinciding review of the TAM program.

A Proposal for Reorganization of the College of Arts & Sciences (Cumalat & Julien)

The authors, along with various unit signatories, argue that the University’s largest college be reorganized by eliminating the current CAS Dean position, the Divisional Dean positions for Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Arts and Humanities, and replacing them with three Dean positions of equal status tied to each of the three College Divisions.

Developing the Professional Master’s Programs for Practical Use by All Students (Villeneuve)

The author documents her personal experience to support her contention that professional master’s degree students be treated equally with other graduate students – for example, not being prohibited from TA or RA positions as well as being given access to competitive tuition costs.

Integrating Efforts to Support Instructional Innovation (Otero, et al.)

The authors describes how new structures and policies are designed to meet faculty needs as they provide innovative and scholarly teaching through the use of undergraduate learning assistants (LAs).

Opening Classrooms: Literacies & Spaces (Sinkinson and McAndrew)

The authors encourage the campus to dwell on questions about how it might invite learners to cultivate critical approaches to authentic digital communities and information landscapes.

Envisioning Equal Opportunities for All at CU Boulder (Bielski)

The author calls for expanding programs and services for people with disabilities, particularly individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.