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University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus

University of Colorado Denver, Office of the Chancellor

Chancellor's Communiqué

Fall Update, 9-19-12

​Dear Colleagues,

Our nearly 18,000 students—plus the faculty and staff—have reinvigorated our two campuses this fall with their fresh energy. Paralleling this positive momentum, I’m pleased to report progress on a number of fronts, from enrollment to academic offerings.

Enrollment update

Both campuses continue to draw high-caliber applicants. While the Denver Campus saw a slight dip in overall enrollment, enrollment is up among several subgroups that we have been actively working to attract. The Denver Campus student body now comprises 28 percent students of color, 15 percent nonresidents, and 8 percent international students; each of these groups saw a marked increase over last year. Among the thousand new freshmen who arrived on campus last month eager to make their mark are a number who, with stellar high school records, could have gone anywhere, but chose CU Denver. We’re glad they did. (Read profiles of some of these remarkable students here.)
Enrollment on the Anschutz Medical Campus increased slightly, by 3.9 percent. This includes nearly 700 new degree-seeking students in graduate and professional programs, and a first-year medical school class that is more diverse than ever. The number of students enrolled in undergraduate nursing programs increased 19 percent over last year, to 487.

New degree offerings approved

Last week, two new bachelor’s degrees—architecture and bioengineering—received approval from both the CU Board of Regents and the Colorado Department of Higher Education.
  • For the first time in our history, students will now be able to earn a Bachelor of Science in Architecture on the Denver Campus. CU Denver is the only institution in Colorado to offer a full range of degrees in architecture and related disciplines, from undergraduate through professional master’s to doctorate. The program will be open to transfer students spring semester and to freshmen in fall 2013. Watch for more information from the College of Architecture and Planning.
  • The fledgling bioengineering department will offer its first undergraduate program, a Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering, beginning in the fall 2013 semester. In a prime example of the benefits yielded by the consolidation of our two campuses, students will study for their first two years on the Denver Campus, and their third and fourth years on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Interdisciplinary study options

In addition to offering new degrees with more contemporary relevance, we’re providing students more tools to address the increasingly complex problems of today’s world. A number of new and newly expanded interdisciplinary programs enable our students to integrate knowledge from many disciplines and perspectives.
  • The Interprofessional Education Program on the Anschutz Medical Campus is expanding this year into a two-year, campus-wide program, engaging first-year students from different health disciplines in team-based learning. These students will be better equipped, once they move into clinical practice, to work in teams to improve patient care.
  • The new Engineering and Applied Science PhD program allows students to augment their primary engineering concentration with a secondary course of graduate study from any other school or college in the university. Launched this fall, the program is already experiencing greater demand than anticipated.
  • A new undergraduate multidisciplinary minor in health humanities, available beginning in the spring semester, will highlight humanities and related social-science approaches to medicine and health. Coursework will be on the Denver Campus, with some study components on the Anschutz Medical Campus—another example of how cross-campus collaboration provides unique learning opportunities for our students.

These are just a few of the exciting things happening on our campuses. I look forward to sharing more with you at the State of the University presentations scheduled for Monday, Oct. 22 (in the morning at the King Center for the Denver Campus, and in the afternoon at the Trivisible for the Anschutz Medical Campus—details to follow in an email next week). All faculty, staff and students are invited; please save the date!
Finally, I encourage you to catch the second annual Denver Silent Film Festival this weekend. Hosted by the College of Arts & Media, it runs from Friday-Sunday, Sept. 21-23, and is a great addition to our city’s cultural landscape.
Here’s to a great semester!
Don Elliman
University of Colorado Denver

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