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University of Colorado Denver, Office of the Chancellor

A 21st Century University Strategic Plan

Positioning ourselves for the future

We are building a new university for the 21st century. As a model for what public universities will look like in this new century, we will be comprehensive in our scope, innovative at our heart and entrepreneurial in
our spirit.

This strategic plan launches this young and newly consolidated university after the Board of Regents made two major decisions within just ten years: (1) Undertake with our partners in the Fitzsimons Life Sciences District the largest health care and health sciences development project in the country by building the Anschutz Medical Campus (AMC) and relocating the schools of dental medicine, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and the health sciences graduate school; and (2) Consolidate the campus of the University of Colorado in downtown Denver with the campus of the Health Sciences Center to create a single multi-campus university. These bold decisions are unprecedented in the history of American higher education.

The university community has moved so far so fast because of its hard work, courageous leadership, government investment, community partnerships and the visionary philanthropy of Philip Anschutz. These achievements are a testament to the resilience and fortitude of every faculty and staff member who enabled change at a pace and on a scale never experienced before in Colorado or the nation. Our capacity to continue to embrace and effect change will be critical as we look to the future and further transform this university.

The faculty, staff and students of the University of Colorado Denver believe that the ideas expressed in this strategic plan will position the university to enhance its reputation as a premier research university that contributes knowledge and human talent to the region, the nation and, indeed, the world.

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