As part of its commitment to serving the public, the University of Denver's Strategic Issues Program (SIP) periodically convenes a panel of accomplished Coloradans to examine an important public policy issue facing our state. Typically, these panels are composed of 15 to 20 business and community leaders, 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, water future, state constitution, immigration, state government and campaign finance.
Whatever the topic, the purpose of all strategic issues panels is to study a critical public issue and provide non-partisan recommendations to raise the level of public awareness and provide a basis for informed policy deliberations. SIP works 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.
Perhaps most important is what SIP does not do. It does not advocate particular policy positions, even those recommended by strategic issues panels. In brief, the role of the program is to inform, not advocate.