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DU IMPACT 2025 Implementation Update

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Rebecca Chopp

Dear Friends,

Letter

Sometimes it feels like the University is changing too much too quickly. Other times, it seems like hardly anything is happening at all. The reality is that all across DU, we’re seeing changes big and small—some fast, some a little slower—that, together, represent the living, breathing embodiment of DU IMPACT 2025.

This document was never a step-by-step implementation plan. Rather, it is a strategic vision that reflects the work and passions of members of the DU community and guides our collective work. 

Realizing DU IMPACT 2025 is an ongoing, collective process, and we are learning together from our successes and shortcomings. From the Daniels College of Business and Colorado Women’s College to the Division of Athletics and Recreation, many units are in the process of implementing new plans, while others are finalizing plans or starting new ones—all aligned with DU IMPACT 2025.

Denver Advantage

Some of Our Largest, University-Wide Work is Underway

The Denver Advantage

The Denver Advantage begins with three student-centered facilities that bring to life our vision of holistic education for students and an inclusive One DU approach:

  • Community Commons that will encourage more interactions between students, faculty and staff through robust, new dining options and space more conducive to collaboration and mingling.
  • A first-year residence hall will support programs specifically designed to help students launch their academic journeys and to feel they belong in our DU community.
  • Career Achievement Center to support students throughout their time at DU and beyond for lifelong career success.
  • Phase two of the Denver Advantage is a campus master planning process to identify our academic space and other space needs and to build a vibrant DU village, working with our neighborhoods and with communities across Denver.

Join us for some of the remaining open forums for students, faculty and community members.

Forum Details

     

    DU Grand Challenges

    DU Grand Challenges, which combines the core tenets of our strategic plan, will harness the intellectual capital of the University to work in concert with our neighbors on issues of Thriving Communities: Living, Working and Participating. On Oct. 2, we issued the Grand Challenge Scholars Grants RFP and the Grand Challenge Classes RFP. If you have questions, please email [email protected].

    Moving Forward for Change

    Below, we briefly summarize the work of the implementation clusters and assess our progress. The clusters are charged with consulting broadly in the community and proposing specific projects and pilots to advance DU IMPACT 2025. You will see and hear references to such progress on the DU IMPACT 2025 website, on the DU news site, on posters around campus, in The Bridge and The Pulse newsletters and more.

    But the realization of DU IMPACT 2025 is not confined to these groups and clusters. Professors, students and staff members are infusing the spirit of this plan into their daily work in and out of the classroom. Such work doesn’t always fit neatly into specific boxes or updates—but there are stories of impact all across the DU community, including among our alumni and friends.

    Our Impact

    Read about some of the stories of impact—from a DU partnership with UC-Berkeley in the Solar Decathalon and the quarter-century-old Bridge Project to the new Social Enterprise Fellowshiplaunched in partnership with Quarterly Forum. If you have other stories you think we and others on campus should know about that align with DU IMPACT 2025, please send them to us.

    No implementation team is meant to be representative of the entire campus, which is why teams continue to consult with members of our community. In the 2016-2017 academic year, implementation teams hosted over 90 events including town hall meetings, faculty workshops, informal lunches, targeted career events for students and alumni and more. For instance, an emerging knowledge bridge focused on mental health, called DU CARES, hosted seven workshops with 56 faculty members whose research interests intersect with mental health. Other groups were more insular or worked last year to identify overall objectives. We will continue to push these groups to consult more broadly. Meanwhile, we invite you to contact cluster leaders and our project manager, Alexandra Lustig, to share ideas or ask questions.

    We look forward to the continued hard work and creativity of our DU community as we spend the 2017-2018 academic year working together toward our shared vision. We will provide updates and share news throughout the year, and the DU IMPACT 2025 website features an Our Progress section where you can always learn more. We hope you will find ways to engage, formally and informally, in this important work.

    Sincerely,

    Rebecca Chopp, Chancellor
    Gregg Kvistad, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

    Together, We Are Shaping the Future of DU

    Below, you will find a brief description of one project or idea that each cluster is currently pursuing. Please note these ideas are one of many under each cluster. To understand the various aspects of their work, please visit the Our Progress section of the DU IMPACT 2025 websit

    Solar Decathlon

    Our Impact

    Read about some of the stories of impact—from a DU partnership with UC-Berkeley in the Solar Decathalon and the quarter-century-old Bridge Project to the new Social Enterprise Fellowship launched in partnership with Quarterly Forum. If you have other stories you think we and others on campus should know about that align with DU IMPACT 2025, please send them to us.

    No implementation team is meant to be representative of the entire campus, which is why teams continue to consult with members of our community. In the 2016-2017 academic year, implementation teams hosted over 90 events including town hall meetings, faculty workshops, informal lunches, targeted career events for students and alumni and more. For instance, an emerging knowledge bridge focused on mental health, called DU CARES, hosted seven workshops with 56 faculty members whose research interests intersect with mental health. Other groups were more insular or worked last year to identify overall objectives. We will continue to push these groups to consult more broadly. Meanwhile, we invite you to contact cluster leaders and our project manager, Alexandra Lustig, to share ideas or ask questions.

    We look forward to the continued hard work and creativity of our DU community as we spend the 2017-2018 academic year working together toward our shared vision. We will provide updates and share news throughout the year, and the DU IMPACT 2025 website features an Our Progress section where you can always learn more. We hope you will find ways to engage, formally and informally, in this important work.

    Sincerely,

    Rebecca Chopp, Chancellor
    Gregg Kvistad, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

    Together, We Are Shaping the Future of DU

    Below, you will find a brief description of one project or idea that each cluster is currently pursuing. Please note these ideas are one of many under each cluster. To understand the various aspects of their work, please visit the Our Progress section of the DU IMPACT 2025 websit

    Community

    Collaboration For the Public Good

    The cohort of nine Community-Engaged Student Fellows hosted five events that engaged a total of 36 faculty and staff members, 14 students and seven community organizations. Together, they worked in the following issue areas: Metropolitan Denver Nature Alliance (mDNA), Criminal Justice, Health Equity, Youth Voice, Education Access & Equity, Transportation, Social Entrepreneurship, Writing & the Public Good and Urban Renewal.

    Community

    Designing and Developing Knowledge

    We have changed the language of the Professional Research Opportunity Fund (PROF) and proposed to increase the funds available for a multi-disciplinary team from $30,000 to $45,000 for the next application cycle. The proposal is currently under review by the Faculty Senate.

    Community

    Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity

    We have created the Diversity Dashboard on the new website for Diversity and Inclusion. The Dashboard gives us a snapshot of student composition, campus climate, student engagement benchmarks and student outcomes.

    Community

    DU and Engagement with Denver and the Region

    The University selected Ayers Saint Gross (ASG) to embark on the development of the Campus Master Plan. To get involved and keep up to date with all of the activities, please visit the master plan webpage. You can also have direct input on the development of the campus master plan by attending the open forums. 

    Community

    Engaging Alumni and Friends

    We created a new Director of Campus Engagement role to grow career and employer engagement pathways with faculty. Over the summer, we sent out a “Faculty Career Champions” survey to students to identify faculty that have supported student internship, career and continuing education goals. We received over 350 submissions and, as a result, we organized a Faculty Breakfast where over 80 faculty joined us for a career discussion on September 13. After receiving positive feedback from the faculty involved, our team is working on next steps, including reaching out to faculty members individually.

    Community

    Enhancing and Expanding the Learning Environment

    We have established a General Education Review and Inquiry Committee, rooted doubly in DU IMPACT 2025 and in the desirability to critically evaluate general education periodically. They will conduct an inquiry into the philosophy, goals, delivery and outcomes of the DU common curriculum, doing so in relation to other possibilities or opportunities. The process may yield anything from a reaffirmation of the existing program as it is or modifications of the program to significant changes. We have also started the second year of our One Book One DU program.

    Community

    Enrollment and Financial Support for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

    For undergraduates, we are working on a bold, new fundraising proposal, tentatively labeled the Denver Promise, that will help close the unmet need gap and provide greater access to higher education to hundreds of diverse, talented Denver-area students.

    Community

    One DU

    Outreach to undergraduate and graduate students was achieved through campus-wide tabling, attending student organization meetings and sending out an online survey to gather student input on the following topics: What DU traditions are students aware of? What traditions would students like to see on campus?

    Faculty and staff input was gathered electronically via an online survey, a Staff Advisory Council meeting and the faculty senate listserv. Over 250 people shared their input during the data collection period.

    Community

    Student Navigation

    Building upon the strengths of the current partnership between Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and Career & Professional Development, the academic advising working group will engage the campus community as we explore strategies to best advise undergraduate students. The primary goal of this group will be to provide a framework to evolve our current advising model into an integrative approach to student advising for undergraduates.

    Community

    Sustainable DU

    The University of Denver Board of Trustees has endorsed a resolution encouraging new actions and backing continued efforts to embrace sustainability and address climate change on campus. The resolution reaffirms DU’s commitment and builds upon key principles under its sustainability objective in the DU IMPACT 2025 plan.