Published: Oct. 9, 2018

Key points from Chancellor DiStefano's State of the Campus address 2018

Speaking to a standing-room only crowd of more than 350 in the ballroom and more than 260 livestream viewers online, the chancellor addressed the national climate of higher education, diversity and inclusion and campus innovation.

“We are able to transform lives because we share a common vision to be a leader in addressing the humanitarian, social and technological challenges of the 21st century,” said DiStefano.

DiStefano shared that CU Boulder is taking bold steps to address the national challenge of affordability in higher education, and introduced several students who participate in our Esteemed Scholars and CU Promise scholarships.

The investment our students put into their education brings lifelong benefits through their learning, as well as engagement beyond their time on campus.

“Six months after graduation, 92 percent of CU Boulder graduates are employed, in graduate school or serving in the military,” said DiStefano.

The experience of the student at CU Boulder includes contact with high-achieving faculty, who are committed to their discipline and in examining the future of our institution. The chancellor thanked those who engaged in the Academic Futures initiative, and spoke specifically to the fifth project recommended by the committee: Sustaining, Supporting and Inspiring our Community.

“As a campus, we are working to ensure that inclusivity creates a welcoming environment...” said DiStefano. “Learning how to eliminate bias and be truly welcoming and inclusive to all of our citizens and visitors is one of our highest priorities. Yet it is one of our most difficult challenges.”

The chancellor was then joined by Leeds School of Business Dean Sharon Matusik for a moderated question and answer session. Among the topics discussed were some of the questions being addressed by the three national boards on which the chancellor serves and the Academic Futures report.

Questions from the audience in attendance, online and in person, included discussions of capping enrollment, classroom space on campus, affordable housing and childcare.