Anything Else: Comments from 10/20/11

Members of campus were asked what they would create, keep, and discard regarding the UCCS Campus. The following are their responses:

Create

•Core vision: Sustainable and beautiful campus

•UCCS should avoid making its top concern that of going after the money, such as its relationship with the University Village turned out to be. An example would be the Heller Center - UCCS should remain true to the spirit and intent of the Heller's' will and not manipulate ways to turn their property donation into just a money-making business enterprise along Nevada. Making money is not bad, but whatever ends up on Heller property should be within the intent of the Heller donation, and to keep the natural setting utmost in mind.

•As part of the intent of the Chancellor's signature on the climate initiative, UCCS should make a priority of building sustainability into all its facility buildings (all campus) as well as its processes, down to the materials used for cleaning and custodial services. I'm proud of all the new and refurbished buildings earning various LEED certifications, but we should not rest on our laurels - we should keep it ups as a model to the community, the state and universities in general.

•Value an enriching student experience academically and through co-curricular involvement

•An environment that values the before, during and after process of a student's time at UCCS. Currently, it feels that the after time isn't very valued through lack of support for alumni services and for career services.

•A more cohesive sustainability strategy which focuses on being "leading-edge" in support of our environment

•Innovative programs. Internships. Partnerships with community businesses. Need security "release" time to develop

•More community centered focus instilled in students. Community service, outreach.

•Universally designed accessible "environments and Curriculum" (relates to I. Tech)

•Staff should be able to sign up for a class when it opens just like any other student. The program still receives their money from the waiver.

•More focus on retention. If a student is failing we should commit to them until they fail to commit to us. Care about each individual.

•The hiring of people on just who you know now WHAT THEY KNOW.

•Sustainability should be a vision and value for campus. It has improved, but we have a long way to go!

•A community where everyone gives of their time or money. Contribute that $10 spent on lunch/coffee to the CCC? Amazed at the lack of generosity at all levels (not all people though).

•Vision: Excellent teaching on beautiful campus

•Keep focusing on research and teaching excellence, but please incorporate sustainability initiatives as a core value

•Include students in research initiatives

•Exert an incentive on faculty and reward them. Don't just acknowledge the $1million dollar club but also give an award for faculty mentoring, student research.

•Add sustainability or environmental stewardship to vision and values

•An emphasis on values and ethics needs to be added. I feel we are a very ethical university that upholds high ethical standards and expectations. Ethics needs to be on the list.

•Stronger focus on innovation and forward thinking, creation, etc...

•An inclusive attitude on campus for the importance of all services and departments - both academic and staff. Add value to all that we all do to create an amazing UCCS.

•Build community through connecting students and meeting their needs on campus so that they do not need to leave. Make sustainability a part of that community.

•Add "Sustainability" to values!

•Why isn't ethics included in our vision and values? It should be explicit, not implied.

•We are the University of Colorado while we want our own identity continue to promote resources and shared services from all CU campuses. Create more unity.

•THE leader in sustainability in Colorado Springs

•Increase focus on inclusiveness

•Add sustainability to UCCS core values

•Key Value: Sustainability

•Please create sustainability as a core value

•More faculty research support and free workshops

•Make sustainability a core value-it should be part of everything we do

•Define more specific growth goals = Who, How and When by specific populations

•Add sustainability to the vision and core values

•How to describe, assess and verify "excellence" in all that we do. How to prove we are excellent.

•Missing ethics and sustainability, integrity and environmental awareness

•Values - commitment to environmental and equity sustainability

•Add a sustainability section to core visions and values. Off campus among prospective students it is a strong area of interest.

•Diversity in sustainability. It's not just buildings or trash control but how do we develop the individual to take the education home and extend to our communities-Liaisons? Ambassadors?

•Sustainable, renewable, smart operations should be in the vision

•Sustainability should be listed as one of our values

•Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender students are undervalued for their contribution to this institution. This needs to change in an internal level not just on the surface.

•Have an "affirmative action" like program to encourage hiring of true research active faculty

•Reduce teaching loads for faculty so they can be competitive in research

•An "Impact Award" for UCCS faculty/staff who is recognized for their impact on students and/or programs. In this age of lower salaries/raises, it may encourage people to seek value in their work through fulfillment/rewarding activities that are recognized publicly by the school

•We need to elevate campus sustainability to a core value

•Value - Stress Work-life balance

•We need to value our faculty and staff more. The idea of asking people to continue to do more with less has passed. We need to value our people. Our most important resource. People will start to leave and we can't afford to do this

•Internship Program-Formalized through the Career Center for all colleges

•Value the small campus experience - Put energy into marketing the upper division experience at UCCS. Our own president (of CU) has advocated that students start at CC (community colleges) as a cost saving measure given the lack of state funding for higher ed. So many of our students transfer from PPCC...unlike Boulder or Denver, we offer small and intensive upper division courses where students have direct contact with professors (not TAs for the most part) and have intensive research opportunities.

•Where is sustainability in the core values/vision of UCCS? The science on climate change is clear and it indicates a threat to the survivability of UCCS. Also, surveys show that most students consider sustainability in the college choice.

•Promotions-Employees all should have to go through the same process for promotions. There are quite a few people being promoted on the QT while others have to apply for their job promotion.

•Student centered- include more students in all levels of planning

•Truly value diversity on campus by providing funding to acknowledge this segment/population

•Include sustainability in our vision and values statement for the university

•Better community relations by making the campus a place to be. Increase community relations through development of employer relations/business and how we can collaborate to help the students with their business

Keep

•Continue focus on serving southern Colorado. Continue ensuring support of qualified students.

•Resources to grow not growth then resources

•Keep the interest and focus on innovative programs and technology. This will continue to be moving forward and forward thinking and will one day be profitable.

•Excel Centers

•Even higher standards on professors

•To Whom It May Concern, I am a senior undergraduate student who has utilized the Excel Centers throughout my entire academic career at UCCS. I have used the Writing Centers help both online and in person in Columbine. They are extremely knowledgeable and helpful with any writing questions I might have. I have also used the Math and Communications Center's resources to help with my classes. I have extensively worked with the Science Center (as I am earning my B.S. in Chemistry). Their tutoring has been extremely vital to my complete understanding of any science material I may have encountered over the last four years. The learning environment that the Science Center creates a sense of community with my peers that I have not experienced anywhere else on campus. I encourage the University to continue to fund the Excel Centers on campus because they have greatly helped me and other students succeed in college. If you have any questions, please feel free to call. Thank you

•I like what came out of the survey! We have to always remember that students are possibly our future leaders

•Value staff. Add more staff!

•Keep remembering it's about the students!

•We should keep our eye on maintaining and reinforcing our external community connections

•Bring teaching excellence to forefront instead of just research. Teaching is going to be even more marginalized now that research is our mission

•Focus on doing what we do well. Stop trying to be all things to all people. Online education done right is very difficult and very expensive. Recommend we evaluate necessity and either get 100% behind it or abandon.

•Central support for students functionally and geographically in how we are organized and structured

•The "small" fell. People are nice and faculty is happy because there is so much goodwill. You will lose it if you get too big. Continued emphasis on teaching excellence and recruiting high quality students.

•Our vision and values remain true!

•Keep the Science Center! It is an incredible resource as are all the Excel Centers

•To Whom It May Concern, I'd like to say how thankful I am for the Science Center. I need it a lot for Chemistry and Anatomy and Physiology and found that the staff was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. The Science Center was a great help for me and I'd like to encourage the continued funding. Thanks.

•Research and student centered focus

•Keep focus on students

•Keep the Excel Centers!! Especially the Science Center

•Keep doing what we're doing

•Giving to the community: Holiday drive, CCC, school supply etc.

•The Excel Centers are important

•Student centers focus but strategically look at services that are understaffed

Discard

•The business model mindset-Benn there and saw: Quality of faculty happiness decrease, turnover increase and student enrollment and quality decrease. Bad for business, education and scholarship

•Administration needs to follow up on suggested collaborations with people that take the time to put ideas forward

•Discard enrollment goals-too high-incompatible with values of campus character and supportive atmosphere

•Empty talk about inclusiveness

•The impression that things are planned by Leadership Team before input is given by students and faculty

•Stop marginalizing the role that staff plays

•The tendency to continually grow the most obvious things on campus while neglecting the less obvious

•How do we avoid spinning our wheels and not advocating additions without reasonably allocating resources?

•We need to discard our culture of privileging short term savings (i.e. doing what is cheap) over long term, lasting values

•In particular, we need to build a beautiful campus that is a national showcase