Upon coming into her role as CU Denver’s new chancellor in January 2016, Dorothy Horrell launched the Reach Out and Listen Tour to begin understanding the university’s impact and potential.
Each stop provided key groups—including students, faculty, staff, alumni, as well as supporters, friends, and community members—an opportunity for open discussion about CU Denver’s strengths, challenges, and potential. The campus community was also invited to submit an online questionnaire. By the tour’s end, the chancellor had met with over 1,000 people and solicited some 5,000 comments.
Chancellor Horrell used what she learned on the tour to inform the development of a shared direction for CU Denver that is both aspirational and strategic, building on the past and looking to the future. She shared this, as well as priorities that emerged from the tour, in a September 2016 Campus Forum.
Starting a Conversation
The Reach Out & Listen Tour solicited input from a wide range of constituents, including:
- Alumni Board
- Business School
- Chancellor’s Development Committee
- College of Architecture and Planning
- College of Arts & Media
- College of Engineering and Applied Science
- College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
- CU South Denver
- Denver Chamber of Commerce
- Denver metropolitan area high school superintendents
- Distinguished Professors
- Downtown Denver Partnership
- Faculty Assembly
- International students
- School of Public Affairs
- School of Education & Human Development
- Staff Council
- Student Government Association
- Student veterans
- TRiO/EOP Students/Staff
The Listening Tour also garnered interest from the CU Board of Regents in April 2016. At the regents meeting on the Auraria Campus, Chancellor Horrell invited the Board and university leadership to join in discussions on CU Denver’s “many strengths” and “abundant opportunities."
At the Campus Forum in September 2016, Chancellor Horrell discussed the feedback she received during the Reach Out and Listen Tour. Watch her address below.
“What I’ve learned through this process reinforces my initial impressions about the significant strengths of CU Denver: we have high-quality academic offerings; a remarkably diverse and driven student body; a faculty which excels at teaching, scholarly work, and service; hard-working staff members who are dedicated to furthering our mission; and abundant opportunities to leverage the considerable resources of Denver."