DENVER - "Think of us as a business," said Chancellor Jerry Wartgow, "we're ranked number 14 in Colorado for overall economic impact, and as an employer, we rank number five for the jobs we provide."
During Fall Forums for faculty, staff and students on Oct. 17 at the Anschutz Medical Campus and Oct. 18 at the Denver Campus, University of Colorado Denver Chancellor Jerry Wartgow opened his presentation by spotlighting a year of accomplishments and offering up some perspective on the significance of our university not only to the city but to the state. Accomplishments worthy of celebrating and that give us a reason to believe significant milestones are still ahead.
"In spite of these challenging times," said Dr. Wartgow borrowing from our branding campaign, "we do have momentum."
Wartgow highlighted (presentation materials available online) a number of areas in which the university has seen significant developments including:
ACCREDITATION: The University of Colorado Denver I Anschutz Medical Campus has been granted full, 10-year accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Dr. Wartgow thanked everyone who participated in the effort headed by Provost Rod Nairn.
Wartgow called attention to our six faculty recently designated as Distinguished Professors by the Board of Regents, noting that over time, only 67 faculty have been granted this honor. "To have six this year," said Wartgow, "this is significant!" Those honored are:
--Wayne Cascio, PhD, professor of management at the Business School
--Peter deLeon, PhD, professor of public policy in the School of Public Affairs
--Stephen I. Goodman, MD, professor of pediatrics in the School of Medicine
--Peter M. Henson, PhD, professor of pharmacology, immunology and pathology in the School of Medicine
--E. Chester Ridgway, MD, MACP, professor of endocrinology at the School of Medicine
--Richard Traystman, PhD, vice chancellor for research
BRANDING: "We have launched an awareness, advertising campaign," said the chancellor, "it's on a small scale with a small budget at the outset." Initial placements are on buses, billboards and in the Denver Business Journal, and they revolve around a 'leadership campaign' featuring our alumni such as Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Aurora Mayor Ed Tauer, Chris Urbina of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Dave Baker who heads First Bank and others.
The second phase of our awareness, advertising campaign will showcase partnerships such as our work with Denver Public Schools.
ENROLLMENT: Key priorities for enrollment are diversity and international efforts. "We are a global university," said Dr. Wartgow, "with students from 85 countries in 2011. The top three countries from which students are coming are: China, India and South Korea." Our current international student population is five percent, said Wartgow, "our goal is ten percent by 2014."
On other enrollment matters, Wartgow touched on the anticipated increasing pool of returning veterans, partnerships such as the Denver Education Compact with Denver Public Schools, the recently announced CC to CU Denver Admission Promise, and this month's announcement of a national, five-year pilot called the Hispanic School Fund.
SALARY INCREASES: By now many exempt professional staff will have received notice of a three-percent salary increase after three years of no increases. The chancellor emphasized that efforts are afoot to also provide one-time, bonus-type increases for employees are part of the state classified system. Questions can be referred to supervisors.
At the Denver Campus Fall Forum, the chancellor also mentioned the upcoming opening of the new Business School location and plans to build a new academic building on the Auraria Campus.
Marks reviews Anschutz Medical Campus property and partnerships
During the Oct. 17 Fall Forum, Vice President for Health Affairs and Executive Vice Chancellor for the Anschutz Medical Campus Lilly Marks gave a high-level recap of the amazing accomplishments during the past 10 years (presentation materials available online). Because so much more development has occurred at the Anschutz Medical Campus than originally expected, noted Marks,"we're reinvigorating our overall master planning in cooperation with our partners on the campus to look very collaboratively at our needs and options." Those partners include University of Colorado Hospital, Children's Hospital Colorado and the Veterans' Administration Hospital.
With the growth of the campus, Marks said a refined structure for governance with the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority is being evaluated.
"We are the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus," noted Marks. Our new brand university standards give us the clarity we've needed. And she added, "there's an effort underway to brand our clinical enterprise, too."
Marks also discussed continuing efforts to respond to the broader demand and changing marketplace in the U.S. for health care professionals as we also work to find sustainable, stable funding. On a positive note, Marks observed that recent visits to the campus impressed Colorado's U.S. Senator Michael Bennett and U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank.
As we work to adjust to economic realities, said Marks, "we'll need to take new creative approaches." For example, she said, important opportunities exist in biotech transfer and how we manage the intellectual property evolving from our research labs.