Chancellor's Convocation Address highlights the Morgridge College of Education's role
in the future of the University of Denver
In Chancellor Coombe's address to the University of Denver faculty and staff, he clarified the ways in which the University will develop its "greatness" in the coming years. Excerpted below are his comments regarding the University's role in supporting innovations in education and the role that Morgridge will play in doing so.
"DU will be a university that develops, demonstrates and implements visionary educational practice, from early childhood through graduate education. Let me simply say the words: early childhood education, K-12 reform and the P-20 Council; school choice, STEM education and national competitiveness; access, affordability and accountability in higher education; technology and distance education; public, nonprofit, for-profit education; and on and on, and on. These are the issues that are on everyone?s front burner these days. There is a sense that education in general is broken, and that sooner or later, likely sooner, America is going to bear the consequences. This is surely one of the great issues of our day, and if we are to be that great private university dedicated to the public good we will need to be a force for positive change in this arena. We want the Morgridge College of Education to become the fulcrum through which the intellectual capital of the University is leveraged to produce positive change in the schools of our communities. We want to be known as the university that is always thinking, always moving to develop the very best teaching and learning practices for our own students, be they present in-person or online, and that succeeds at implementing those practices and documenting their success. We want to be the model that leads the way for other universities. That's a part of excellence in service to the public good."
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Dean Virginia Maloney says, "It's wonderful to see our Morgridge College of Education at the very heart of the future development of the University."