Guarantee a quality comprehensive educational experience that prepares students to excel personally, professionally, and as global citizens




1.  Identify the programs we should be offering to make UCCS an institution of choice 





















2.  Build cultural competency










3.  Expand  technology to enhance learning and expand to national markets





4.  Meet students where they are and take them where they need to be












5.  Make experiential and integrative learning a hallmark of UCCS
















6.  Empower and reward faculty to be excellent teachers










7.  Make UCCS a model of traditional academic affairs and student affairs roles.



















(a) Establish a process for program approval and prioritization


(b) Develop specific criteria for new programs/options


(c) Determine balance of undergraduate and graduate programs


(d) Examine curriculum for congruency with goals


(e) Develop an Honors Program


(f)  Provide needed resources to existing programs


(g)  Identify new areas for development of degrees, minors and certificate programs.




(a)   Promote culturally responsive teaching across all programs


(b)  Strengthen the office of International Student Services


(c)  Create avenues to international student experiences



(a)  Determine balance of on-campus and online courses


(b)  Invest in IT




(a)  Re-examine existing programs to make sure they serve the needs of current and prospective students


(b)  Ensure that assessment leads to real program improvement


(c) determine appropriate class sizes, course frequencies and time scheduling to maximize student success




(a)  Heavily promote an understanding of experiential and integrative learning and provide robust support for programs and faculty to pursue them


(b)  Promote undergraduate research


(c) Increase resources for field-based courses


(d)  Promote internships and professional experiences


(e)  Coordinate service learning





(a)  Strengthen the connection between the Teaching and Learning Center and academic departments


(b)  Provide resources for faculty development


(c)  Strengthen the Teaching Excellence Council



(a)  Integrate campus life and academic programs


(b)  Systematically identify and address barriers to student success.


(c)  Improve retention rate





Invest in responsible growth of research, scholarship, and creative work that serve the campus and the public good. 




1.  Provide professional development activities for research, scholarship, and creative works







2.  Continue to build the support infrastructure for sponsored research
















3.  Develop a support infrastructure for unsponsored research, scholarship, and creative works













4.  Facilitate research and creative work collaboration among faculty, students, and the community









5.  Promote an environment conducive to undergraduate research and creative work 









6.  Develop and support the transfer of research ideas to application









(a) Grant writing workshops


(b)  Establish system of collegial mentorship around research


(c)  Promote formal and informal dialogue around research, scholarship, & creative work



(a) Hire professional grant writers for colleges and programs


(b) Review ICR distribution policy


(c)  Ensure campus provides needed infrastructure and space for research

and creative works laboratories/studios


(d)  Ensure access to information resources


(e)  Develop the research park


(f)  Reward faculty for grant activity




(a) Increase support for CRCW


(b) Create mechanism to publicize/exhibit unsponsored research, scholarship, and creative works


(c) Ensure access to information resources


(d)  Ensure adequate space for creative and scholarly work


(e)  Increase travel funds for faculty.



(a)  Build research connections with K-12, nonprofits, business, and industry


(b)  Host annual research symposium for faculty, students, and community


(c)  Encourage the scholarship of teaching and learning




(a)   Continue to grow the undergraduate research symposium


(b)   Create a reward structure for faculty who include undergraduate students in research


(c)  Develop summer research internship programs



(a)  Reward faculty for viable invention disclosures


(b)   Create ways to make CITTI more central to the campus mission. 



Integrate the roles of teaching,  research, and service in the academic lives of faculty.


1.  Educate faculty on the changing roles of faculty in higher education.








2.  Reward faculty appropriately for their work.





















3.  Professional development in teaching, research, and scholarship







4.  NTTF role definition and status



(a)   Provide information on new resource development role of faculty


(b)  Conduct faculty workshop on evolving faculty roles






(a) Develop robust differentiated workload guidelines


(b)  Revise RTP criteria to reflect expectations


(c)  Revise annual merit criteria to reflect expectations


(d)  Revise other campus policies (such as sponsored research).


(e)  Nurture innovation and entrepreneurship


(f)  Streamline committees (task force model)






(a) Create opportunities for faculty to discuss research and teaching


(b)  Ensure that RTP criteria include professional development





(a)   Determine appropriate ratio of TT to NTT faculty


(b)  Integrate NTTF more fully into the fabric of the university




Nurture innovation and entrepreneurship in support of campus, college, and university success

1.  Establish clear policies to encourage, promote, and reward entrepreneurship and innovation in course delivery of academic and clinical programs











2.  Identify campusí areas of comparative advantage








(a)  Expand cash-funded programs to meet community and national needs


(b)   Develop strategic plan/policies for multiple/different delivery methods


(c) Empower colleges to take risks around program creation and delivery (structure/incentives) 


(d)  Review policies to empower faculty and staff to be entrepreneurial and innovative 



(a)  Develop rapid  response to identified opportunities


(b)  Identify the cost of not taking action


(c)  Build mutually beneficial partnerships