Published: Nov. 1, 2017

Environmental Design

Intro by Jeff Cox

  • Intro on teaching and research visioning
  • Laying out of fall work
  • Role of Committee and Report

Q. What are the high-impact avenues for participating in the AF process?

A. There are many ways to participate. One good way is to attend the meetings for topics in which you are interested. You can also submit comments and white papers on the website for any ideas that you want to be considered during the process. We are committed to have a record of every idea.

Q. What are the qualities of a white paper that would lead to its consideration?

A. We would like to see “what you want to do”, “why you want to do it”, and “what is preventing you from doing it today”.  Any idea can be submitted, but if it is fleshed out, we will better understand what you are proposing.

Q. Is there a weighting process that will be used in deciding which ideas to put forward?

A. We are still working on the process, but how we decide on priorities will be a committee decision.  In general, ideas that “bubble up” from all over campus will likely be considered, but it will really be based on the quality of the ideas.

Q. Have any other universities been through this type of process?

A. Not really.  Most universities have followed a standard strategic planning process.  Once we decide what things we want to do, we will look at other universities who do those things well and learn from them.

Q. What is the role of the “listeners”?

A. The listeners are people who are committed to paying attention to the AF effort and who are available to answer questions about what is going on at any point in time.  They are all listed on the website. 

Comment:  Would like to see advocacy and activism as part of the definition of scholarship.

Comment:  Would like to see the university have a commitment to interdisciplinary work - this would be an advantage for CU.