As part of its commitment to serving the public, the University of Denver's Strategic Issues Program has established a panel of distinguished Colorado citizens to examine an important public policy issue facing our state. These panels are composed of 15-20 citizens appointed by the Chancellor of the University of Denver. Over the years, Strategic Issues panels have examined important public policy issues including Colorado's economic future, Colorado's water future, and Colorado's Constitution.
Whatever the topic, the purpose of all strategic issues panels is to study a critical public issue and provide non-partisan recommendations that raise the level of public awareness and provide a basis for informed policy deliberations. The goal is to raise the visibility of important issues with the media, legislators and the public and to develop thoughtful recommendations that reflect the collective insight of panel members. This is achieved through an open process of informed discourse and consensus-based decision making.
As part of an educational and research institution, the role of the Strategic Issues Program is to examine issues, raise the level of public awareness, and encourage informed public discussion. What SIP does not do is to advocate particular policy positions, even those recommended by strategic issues panels. In brief, the role of the program is to inform, not advocate.