October 14, 2010
Another semester is well under way! For some, it’s your first semester at the University of Colorado Denver, others are marking decades.
Last year at this time, I wrote that the year will no doubt bring its share of challenges, largely driven by the state of the economy. This year will be no different.
I encourage everyone to dwell little on the unknowns and remain focused and find purpose in what we ultimately do here at UC Denver – serve our students and our various communities through our teaching, research, creative activity, and clinical and other service. By doing so, our university will weather the storm and remain on a solid foundation through the challenges of this fiscal year and into the future.
I want to thank those of you who worked so diligently in reading and responding to the draft of our Self Study for re-affirmation of Institutional Accreditation. We received more than 40 pages of very helpful comments that reflect a careful reading by all who were involved. Your input is highly valued and our next steps will involve a consideration of each and every comment that was submitted. Most “minor” changes e.g., grammatical errors, will be incorporated, while “major” or “substantial” suggestions for changes will be discussed and debated among the writing group. Issues that they are unable to resolve will be brought to the attention of the full University Planning and Accreditation Committee (UPAC) for resolution. As soon as all of this feedback is incorporated (by Nov. 1 or earlier), the university community will have a final opportunity to comment on the penultimate version of the Self Study prior to its final preparation into the version to be submitted to the Higher Learning Commission by Feb. 1, 2011. This final version also will be provided on the Accreditation website.
There are a couple of personnel changes within my area that I want to note. Frank D. Sanchez, PhD, will be leaving UC Denver for other opportunities. The Board of Trustees of the City University of New York (CUNY) has approved the appointment of Frank as Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs effective January 2011. Since 2005, Frank has been the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at University of Colorado Denver. During his tenure at UC Denver, he has had overall responsibility for student affairs programs. Among his responsibilities were Enrollment Management, University Life, the Student Advising and Success Center, the Career Center, Disability Resources and Services, and the University Registrar. As CUNY’s Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, he will provide system-wide leadership for a wide range of areas such as career services, child care, counseling, student health, athletics, disability services, veterans’ affairs and residential life. We will have an opportunity to thank Frank for his service to UC Denver later in the year.
In the meantime, I am very pleased to let you know that Samantha Ortiz-Schriver, PhD, has agreed to take on the role of Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs once Frank leaves. Many of you know Sam from her role as Dean of Students and Assistant Vice Chancellor for University Life. She has been at UC Denver since July 2008 and has the experience and talent to lead our Student Affairs activities during this transition period. She will begin to migrate into her new role by working closely with Frank until his departure. I will be announcing the search process for Frank’s successor shortly.
Finally, Jeff Parker, Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance and I are pleased to announce that the Office of Institutional Research, Planning & Analysis (OIRPA) under Director Christine Stroup-Benham, PhD, now reports to the Office of the Provost. This move recognizes the importance of OIRPA as we move to strategically align its work with other areas including accreditation and assessment.