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What is the UE Symposium?

The Undergraduate Experiences Symposium brings together faculty, staff, and students from across CU Denver to work collectively in a dynamic environment on curriculum, pedagogy, co-curriculum, and services to raise undergraduate learning, engagement, and success. The symposium brings in prominent speakers to inform us of national best practices in higher education reform and challenges us to adapt or surpass them in application to our own unique culture and students. Provost Rod Nairn attends, as often do the deans of each school/college. Working tables and breakout sessions generate proposals that lead to real actions that serve all undergraduates.


14th Annual UE Symposium  //  October 19, 2018

Symposium Theme: "Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century"

CU Denver Student Commons Bldg. 2500 / 8 AM - 3:30 PM

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Drew Koch, President of the John Gardner Institute of Excellence in Undergraduate Education, a nationally respected university-based organization that researches student transition, learning, and completion. He will set the stage by speaking about who our students are today, how they have changed, and how to effectively and equitably meet them where they are.

Working breakout-session topics: Teaching metacognition and growth mindset, inclusive pedagogy and teaching diversity, community-based learning, undergraduate research and creative activities, peer-based learning, and digital and hybrid pedagogies, among others.

13th Annual UE Symposium  //  October 20, 2017

Symposium Theme: "All Together Now! - Collaborating for Student Success"

Keynote Speaker: After a decade of intense investment in improving student success, national graduation rates have increased just two points. Yet some insitutions are improving much faster than others. What sets them apart? Dr. Ed Venit, Managing Director from EAB, shared new research, examples form other universties, and specific data-driven practices that separate the highest-performing and most progressive institutions from the rest.

Agenda and highlights: See the agenda, presentations, and documents from the symposium here. CU Denver speakers presented mini tED-Talks on these topics: A Recipe for Student Success, Great Teaching and Student Success, Academic Advising for Student Success, Collaborating for Inclusive Excellence in Science, and Inclusive Excellence and Student Success. At the afternoon Working Tables, attendee recommendations included: implement Math Pathways, prioritize teaching and instructional quality, provide consistent advisor training and loweradvisor-to-student ratio, and build inclusive excellence, among others. For more details, see this link.

Summary Report: See the summary report for the 2017 symposium here​, and that for the 2016 symposium here​.

 Office of Undergraduate Expereinces

Phone: 303-315-2133 • Fax: 303-315-5829

Street Address: 1380 Lawrence Street, Ste. 1400

Denver, CO 80204


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