Published: March 5, 2019

What’s happening with our strategic initiatives? Read below for the monthly update, including information on Academic Futures, Financial Futures, the IDEA Plan, Foundations of Excellence and more.

Academic Futures town halls

Thursday, March 14
 1:30–3 p.m.  UMC 384

Thursday, March 21
 2:30–4 p.m.  UMC 386

Thursday, April 4
 12:30–2 p.m.  UMC 247

Wednesday, April 10
 10–11:30 a.m.  ECAD 109

Wednesday, April 17
 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.  UMC 386

Monday, April 22
 9:30–11 a.m.  Hellems 196

Monday, April 29
 9:30–11 a.m.  UMC 245

Financial Futures town halls

Monday, April 1
1–2 p.m. Rec Center, Ice Overlook Large Meeting Room

Tuesday, April 2
8:30–9:30 a.m. UMC 247

Academic Futures

The Academic Futures-Financial Futures Online Strategy Working Group is developing a digital education roadmap that integrates recommendations from the Academic Futures and Financial Futures strategic initiatives.

The Interdisciplinary Teaching, Research and Creative Working Group was named on Feb. 26, and this week added two new members of our arts and humanities faculty. It will explore what the campus needs in order to effectively embrace interdisciplinarity in both education and scholarship.

Town halls for the remainder of the semester have also been posted.

Financial Futures

Projects focusing on enrollment, summer and evening programs, procurement and gift funds are being reviewed with potential for implementation as early as summer 2019. A second wave of initiative priorities, or workstreams, including research and portfolio review, launches this month.

Learn more online and at town halls April 1 and April 2.

Foundations of Excellence

Last month, Vice Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education Mary Kraus announced the Foundations of Excellence (FoE) Advising Committee had produced a draft report outlining recommended improvements to CU Boulder’s campuswide advising structure. The draft executive summary of the report is available for campus review until Thursday, March 7.


The spring Diversity and Inclusion Summit drew more than 150 people to two sessions that discussed the Inclusion, Diversity and Excellence in Academics (IDEA) Plan, and more engagement opportunities related to the plan will be scheduled in April.

The revision committee delivered the final draft of the IDEA Plan to Vice Chancellor Robert Boswell on Friday, March 1. Boswell is expected to submit the IDEA Plan to the chancellor’s cabinet in early March.

Strategic Facilities Visioning, master planning projects

Strategic Facilities Visioning phase two work is underway, with the six Scenario Planning teams convening for the first time in late February. The teams will continue to meet in March and April as they work to develop and test future facilities and infrastructure options for leadership consideration.

In preparation for the Campus Master Plan update due in 2021, the university has also launched housing and transportation master plan initiatives. The Housing Master Plan and Transportation Master Plan will culminate in overarching guiding principles for how the university approaches housing and transportation, as well as recommended options to be integrated into the Campus Master Plan.