These are exciting times for the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus.
Many of our graduate programs—particularly in our School of Medicine—receive strong national rankings
by U.S. News & World Report. The Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, opened just last year to transform lives through science-based wellness strategies, was recently selected to host the fourth season
of ABC’s hit series, Extreme Weight Loss.
Here are other interesting and important things happening at the university.
Both of our campuses continue to draw high-caliber students. Enrollment on the Anschutz Medical Campus increased slightly this fall, with more than 700 new degree-seeking students in graduate and professional programs. While the Denver Campus saw a slight dip in overall enrollment, we welcomed our largest and most diverse freshman class ever, with 49 percent students of color. (Read profiles of some of our remarkable students here
Anschutz Medical Campus completes master plan
The Anschutz Medical Campus has grown much more quickly than originally expected, with more than 3 million gross square feet of new construction in just 14 years—rather than in 40 years, as planned. This has necessitated some rethinking.
After 15 months of study, we recently completed a new master plan for the Anschutz Medical Campus
, the first major update to our original 1998 plan. The new plan outlines development of the campus over the next decade: accommodation of an expected campus population growth of 30 percent, improved access to and within campus, more efficient use of existing buildings, and better integration on campus of our education, research and clinical care missions.
Denver Campus launches new ad campaign
In September, we launched a new advertising campaign
to raise awareness about the excellence of CU Denver faculty and programs, and what sets us apart. "Learn with Purpose
" defines the essence of CU Denver: quality academics, driven students, amazing research and creative work, and a civic consciousness, all in the heart of a great city.
The TV commercials—the first in CU Denver history—feature actual CU Denver students, alumni, faculty and staff, and they're edgier and more memorable than those of your typical college. You'll also find CU Denver ads on movie theater screens, radio stations, the sides of busses, and in magazines and newspapers.
Donors step up support
Donor support for both campuses hit an all-time high in fiscal year 2013: CU Anschutz received $54 million and CU Denver a record high $15.5 million. At a time of continued erosion of state support, it has truly been gratifying to see this groundswell of support.
Efforts funded include doubling the patient capacity
at the Eye Center on the Anschutz Medical Campus and establishing the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship on the Denver Campus. (Read an opinion piece
I wrote about the center and the study of entrepreneurship.)
Block parties celebrate our community
An urban university such as ours celebrates community a bit differently than the football games and frat parties of other institutions. In what we think is destined to become an annual tradition, this fall we closed off the roads and held block parties on each campus, with live music, local food vendors and food trucks, interactive booths and activities like climbing walls. The inaugural CU Anschutz Block Party
gave a nod to health and wellness, with active games like volleyball, ladder ball and even a giant, inflatable Twister board. The CU Denver Block Party
, now in its second year, celebrated the 40th anniversary
of the Denver Campus with a 1970s theme. Celebrations like these rally all members of our university community outside the classroom, as well as connect us with our friends and neighbors in Denver and Aurora—and they're tons of fun. Join us next year!
As always, thanks for your interest in and support of the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus. Feel free to contact me at Chancellor@ucdenver.edu
if you have any suggestions for this e-newsletter.