fall, we have been taking steps to accelerate and extend our presence in online
education. In September, we wrote to let you know about two
new hires to lead our efforts on both the academic and the business sides
of our online education offerings. Today we are writing to let you know about
two additional changes that support our progress.
focus and better align these efforts, we have created the Office of Digital
Education, which will be co-led by Dr. Sheana Bull and Scot Chadwick. The goals
of the office are three-fold:
with our schools and colleges to expand our fully online and blended offerings
for our current students to enable accelerated pathways to graduation;
and effectively serve growing numbers of working adults and other new students
across Colorado and beyond who are seeking fully online and blended programs;
faculty, staff and supporting infrastructure to establish a leadership role for
our campuses around innovation in digital pedagogy.
change is a shift in the organizational alignment of the CU Online team and
operations. The team will move from its current structure within the Office of Information
Technology (OIT) to be part of the Office of Digital Education, with Director of
CU Online David Thomas now reporting to Sheana and Scot.
It is due to
the great leadership of David and OIT Associate Vice Chancellor Russ Poole and
the talent and vision of the CU Online team that the organization is so well
positioned to take on this strategic move. Over the next month, David, Scot and
Sheana will be working with Russ to complete a smooth transition of operations
and services as you have come to know them. While the reporting lines will
change, the CU Online team will remain in its current physical location on the
13th floor of the Lawrence Street Center.
to pursuing the above goals, the Office of Digital Education will be supporting
the recent Board
of Regents Resolution regarding online education. The resolution goals are
well aligned to those listed above and include innovations to broaden access to
a CU education for the people of Colorado.
Look for more
updates from the Office of Digital Education and CU Online as this newly formed
team charts a course for achieving its key goals across our campuses.
Don Elliman Dorothy
Chancellor, CU Anschutz Chancellor,