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CU Denver Strategic Priority 2:

Scholarly Excellence

Strategic Priorities - Scholarly Excellence

Advance scholarly excellence and innovation in teaching, research and creative work.

Lead: Roderick Nairn, PhD, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs


  • Plan and achieve a state-of-the-art facility for the College of Engineering, Design and Computing
  • Create the opportunity for every undergraduate student to have experiential learning through:
    • Undergraduate research
    • Internships
    • Applied learning
    • Study abroad
  • Increase support and visibility of research and scholarly activities as a differentiator in our crowded marketplace
  • Develop master plans for research and academic programs



  • Celebrated the groundbreaking of the Jake Jabs Event Center in the Business School
  • Developed the initial structure and strategies to support a significant expansion of online program offerings
  • Promoted evidence-based practices in teaching and learning through faculty fellowships provided by the Center for Faculty Development and ThinqStudio
  • Presented the first Distinguished Faculty Lecture featuring our own Dr. Stephanie Santorico
  • Completed $40M renovation of the North Classroom Building

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