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14th Annual​ Undergraduate Experiences Symposium

Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century​​​​​​

On October 19, 2018, the 14th Annual Undergraduate Experiences Symposium undertook the task of conversing about student success. Over 200 professors, faculty, and staff from around the CU Denver campus came together, with the day being welcomed by a speech from Provost Roderick Nairn, and a keynote, "Many Thousands Failed - Ending the Unconscious Tyranny of Practice through Local, Faculty-Driven Action," from Dr. Drew Koch, President of the Gardner Institute. The day contained seven Breakout Sessions, mini tED Talks by facilitators to show how new teaching-and-learning practices serve students. ​


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13th Annual Undergraduate Experiences Symposium

All Together Now!--  Collaborating for Student Success 
On October 20, 2017, the 13th Annual Undergraduate Experiences Symposium was a continuation of the campus conversation of the 2016 symposium: improving undergraduate student success.The event included a welcome by Provost Roderick Nairn and a keynote address by Ed Venit, who is a senior director with the Education Advisory Board (EAB), which has been working with CU Denver and our Student Success Partnership. EAB is a best practices research company based in Washington, D.C., that serves hundreds of universities worldwide. The day also featured five mini “tED Talks” from our own leaders in various student success areas, a presentation on the new Student Success Collaborative (SSC) Campus software, and brainstorming sessions in which attendees who had chosen one of the “tED Talk” topics worked together at tables to identify the best ideas and next steps in that area.​

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HIPs take root across CU Denver

 Hundreds of students benefit from high-impact practices — a more engaged teaching-and-learning experience
 Following the fall 2015 Undergraduate Experiences Symposium, which focused on High-Impact Practices (HIPs), the provost, individual deans, and other offices made funds available for competitive HIP grants at CU Denver. The initial HIP Steering Committee formed as a collaboration between Undergraduate Experiences (UE), the Center for Faculty Development (CFD), and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) to oversee the grants.

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Write stuff: Bringing a culture of writing into class

 Team of faculty devise 'writing-to-learn' HIP (high-impact practice) they hope to spread to more disciplines
 A culture of writing is finding its way into more classes at CU Denver, thanks in part to a provost-funded High Impact Practices (HIPs) grant and in part to team of faculty who, as recipients of one of those grants, spent last spring discussing ways to improve teaching and assessment of the craft. From the talks sprang a “writing-to-learn” concept they hope will spread to more disciplines across campus.

The writing-intensive approaches – including student reflections, draft revisions and portfolio creation – were discussed by the Professional Learning Community (PLC) of faculty members from several disciplines. The ideas they developed rolled out last fall and are returning to CU Denver classrooms this spring...

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HIPs gain momentum at CU Denver

 New grant funding ensures that more High-Impact Practices become integrated into courses, programs
 It’s smart to be HIP, at least when it comes to engaging students, enhancing their college experience and keeping them on track to earn a degree.

Building off the success of last fall’s Undergraduate Experiences Symposium titled “Learning with Purpose: Quality HIP Programs for All Students,” CU Denver has awarded almost two dozen proposals with grant money to integrate HIPs (High-Impact Educational Practices) into courses and programs.

HIPs – the 10 best teaching and learning practices, according to the Association of American Colleges & Universities – are shown through national research to be beneficial for college students from many backgrounds, said Jeff Franklin, PhD, associate vice chancellor for undergraduate experiences. The practices take many forms, including undergraduate research, internships, capstone projects and community-based learning. To spur more HIPs and better integrate them, Provost Rod Nairn, PhD, provided $86,000 in funding for the HIP grants; contributions from several administrative offices, as well as schools and colleges, boosted the total grant commitment to almost $128,000.

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How are we improving an undergrad's experience?

 Undergraduate Experience Symposium discusses incorporating High Impact Practices into curriculum
 More than 180 faculty, staff and students gathered for the 11th annual Undergraduate Experience Symposium (UES), an event that invites the university community to identify ways to improve the undergraduate educational experience at CU Denver. This year’s symposium focused on how High Impact Practices (HIPs) can enrich the student experience, resulting in greater engaged learning and retention while equipping students with essential skills to thrive after college. The day featured panel discussions, breakout sessions and speakers identifying the significance of HIPs to the undergraduate experience.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Experiences Jeff Franklin selected HIPs as the main topic of this year’s gathering after attendees at last year’s symposium recommended implementing more experiential learning and High Impact Practices. Franklin formed a task force that profiled HIPs already in existence at CU Denver, as well as a baseline through which their effectiveness can be measured.

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ESL Academy Teams With First-Year Students at CU Denver

International students and first-year American college freshmen share many common concerns: acclimating to a new environment with high academic expectations, understanding campus and city resources, and polishing communication skills for success in the classroom and workplace. Members of the Office of International Affairs and faculty and staff at the University of Colorado Denver collaborate in creative ways to develop programs that help students make the transition from high school—or from another country.

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FYE at A Basin

Kicking off December right, one learning community decided to take education outside of the classroom. The "Documenting the Colorado Latino Experience" Learning Community, led by Kyle Crawford and Yohainna Abdala Mesa, enjoyed the relaxing day on the slopes as they made new friends and memories before wrapping up their first semester.
First-Year Experiences


We’ve got a full line-up of First-Year Experience courses scheduled for Fall 2016, including 20 First-Year Seminars, a dozen sections of our new College Success course (UNIV 1110 & 1111), and various combos of Learning Communities, including some designed specifically for students majoring in Engineering and Criminal Justice.  Our team of 35 faculty, 10 staff facilitators, and over 30 Peer Advocate Leaders is excited to welcome 750+ incoming students into the FYE program this August.  Recruitment at New Student Orientation is already underway and going strong. For more specifics, see our updated webpage.






This spring, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) grants were awarded to 21 teams of student(s) and faculty (with some additionally supported by the CCTSI, for underrepresented students in the biomedical sciences). Meanwhile, twenty 2015 UROP teams presented their work in April at RaCAS (described below). Three groups of people deserve recognition for their UROP participation. First, there are the students who take the initiative and conduct the research, scholarship, or creative work. Second are their mentors, the dedicated faculty who take the time to nurture them toward professional-level work. Third, the 26 faculty, staff, and students who serve on the UROP steering committee, organized by Mary Baitinger. Congratulations and thanks to all! Congratulations to the mission of growing undergraduate research and creative activities at CU Denver.

UROP is open to proposals from all disciplines; learn more at the UROP webpage, as well as from the CU Denver Today article about UROP recipients. This year for the first time, there will be a second round of UROP grants. A new application process for mini-grants (up to $500) will open this fall. Keep posted for the announcement in August and spread the word to your students who may be interested.





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