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Undergraduate Experiences Symposium

  "From Discussion to Action: Unifying the Undergraduate Experience"

            10th Annual Undergraduate Experiences Symposium


 2014 UES

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Since 2005, the Undergraduate Experiences Symposium has been a dynamic environment for the growth and evolution of undergraduate education at the University of Colorado Denver.

Thank you to all who attended the 2014 UE Symposium. Here you can find the PowerPoint presentation made by keynote speakers Ken O'Donnell and Greg Cook.

Read more about the Symposium here:

Friday, 3 October 201
8:30 am-4:00 pm
The Curtis Hotel
1405 Curtis Street
Denver, CO 80202


Since 2005, the Undergraduate Experiences Symposium has been a dynamic environment for the growth and evolution of undergraduate education at the University of Colorado Denver.

AGENDA- 2014 UES Program


Keynote speakers

cook.jpgGreg Cook is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he has also served as the campus director of academic assessment, intern in the Letters & Sciences Dean’s office, and department chair and professor in the Department of Psychology.

Greg’s main administrative interest is to build the capacity of faculty, staff, and students to improve student learning and the campus environment for all. He has been especially active in leading the campus-wide LEAP (Liberal Education & America’s Promise) initiative at UW-Whitewater. The University of Wisconsin has adopted the LEAP program, including adoption of the ELOs as the highest-level common learning outcomes for all undergraduates.

Greg received an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Dayton and a PhD in Experimental Psychology from Vanderbilt University.

Greg’s scholarly work has been published in numerous journals including The Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, Child Development, and Developmental Psychology. Greg and his wife Joan authored two college textbooks on child psychology: Child Development: Principles & Perspectives, and the World of Children. Greg and Joan have raised four children who are attending or graduated from four different campuses in the University of Wisconsin System.

 O'Donnell.jpgKen O’Donnell works in Academic Affairs at the Office of the Chancellor of the California State University.


The CSU is the world’s largest public system of four-year universities, enrolling over 400,000 students on 23 campuses around the state. Situated between the open-enrollment community colleges and the selective UC system of research universities, the CSU is the state’s engine of economic growth and upward mobility, making high-quality education affordable and accessible. Many of its students are underrepresented minorities, economically disadvantaged, or the first in their families to attend college. 60% of each graduating class transfers in from somewhere else.


In this context Ken works on statewide curriculum, with a focus on student engagement and success and the state’s shared coursework in general education. All students take GE, regardless of their major or college of origin. This learning often comes early in their path to degree, and sets the pace for the rest of their time in college.


In 2008 he was named by the Executive Vice Chancellor as state liaison to the AAC&U’s national project Give Students a Compass, which seeks to infuse high-impact educational practice into the lower-division college curriculum. In 2010 he was appointed to the NASH/EdTrust campaign Access to Success, a national effort to raise graduation rates and reduce achievement gaps. In 2011 his portfolio was expanded to include implementation of a new law streamlining transfer in popular majors.


In 2012 Ken was asked to create a new department in the Office of the Chancellor, leading system office work around Student Engagement and Academic Initiatives & Partnerships. The department’s work was recognized in the 2013 AAC&U publication Bringing High Impact Practices to Scale, which he co-wrote with George Kuh.


Ken’s day to day work is with faculty and administrators throughout the California State University, with a professional interest in ePortfolios, learning outcomes assessment, and engaging, student-focused pedagogy and curriculum. He has addressed numerous conferences and workshops around the country on general education, and the role of public state systems in educational reform.


For ten years before coming to the CSU Ken was a member of the screenwriting faculty and an assistant dean at the film school at Chapman University. He and his wife Cyndi live in Southern California.

Office of Undergraduate Experiences

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

Street Address: 1380 Lawrence Street, Ste 300

Denver, CO 80204

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