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. 

To view and download white papers as a whole, please use this link


What Advisors Need in a Re-envisioned College (Vahey, et al.)

The authors, all advisors in the College of Arts & Sciences, argue that increased resources to support more advisors and further opportunities for professional development – among other measures – will increase the effectiveness of advising and have great benefits for students and faculty.

More and Better Resources Needed for International Students (Bonetti)

The author argues that increased dedicated resources including advisors, coaches, counsellors and improved institutional support, along with a better funded, consistent and comprehensive approach, could help international students better adapt and integrate into the university community.

Learning Outcomes, Assessment, and Our Academic Future (Eggert)

The author holds that faculty should not dread learning outcomes’ arrival, but rather should take control of the process, mindful that defining learning outcomes and devising ways to assess them is an educational opportunity and a way for units to understand their mission and envision their own academic futures.

Promoting critical and ethical reasoning skills (Wolf-Root)

The author proposes that CU make sure that all students are trained in ohw to reason critically and ethically.

CU Art Museum (CUAM) as Hub of Intellectual and Creative Pursuits (Firmin & McDonald)

The authors unveil a vision of the university art museum of the 21st century – one that is held in high esteem by peers and with a mission to contribute to a university culture in which art, creativity, intercultural understanding, and research advance all disciplines in contribution to society.

The Grey Zones of Transdisciplinary and Interdisciplinary Study on the CU Boulder Campus (Mejia, Chinowsky)

The authors propose different ways to begin to achieve a defined balance between transdisciplinary interests and traditional discipline-based academic rigor.

Supporting Students as they Navigate Financial Aid (Dunn, et al.)

The authors argue that the University of Colorado should offer a greater level of support to students as they navigate financial aid forms, deadlines, requirements, and other complexities.

“Let the Kids Outside to Play”: The Case for Interdepartmental Industry Collaborations for Graduate Students at CU Boulder (Nickerson)

The author proposes five ideas for CU Boulder to help its graduate students build their professional network and apply the skills gained through graduate work.

An Academic Future for Writing Across the Curriculum (Ackerman)

The author suggests that administration and faculty work together through faculty governance to establish a structure, an affiliate base, and a reward system to create a campus-wide culture of writing excellence.

The Impact of a Comprehensive Model of New Student and Family Orientation on Student Success (Spoon)

In order to better integrate incoming students to CU’s campus culture and improve their academic and social success, campus should adopt a more comprehensive new student orientation model.