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Charles Blackwood
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CU, Mile High Medical Society celebrate new scholarship honoring Blackwood

The CU School of Medicine announced the establishment of the Charles J. Blackwood, M.D., Endowed Memorial Scholarship to support underrepresented medical students who are committed to working in the African American community. The scholarship is supported financially by private donors, the School of Medicine, and CU President Mark Kennedy, who authorized an additional $1 million in university support.
 

Statement To CU Community About Accellion Cyberattack

In late January, CU vendor Accellion, Inc. notified us that attackers were able to exploit a vulnerability in its software that allowed temporary access to CU files uploaded by users of our file transfer service. We shut down the file transfer service immediately. CU is one of hundreds of Accellion’s customers, which include the federal government, businesses, health care companies and several universities.
Feb 2021

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February 2021

Moving Beyond Platitudes to Progress on DEI

We’re not just talking about advancing diversity, equity and inclusion at CU, we’re doing it.
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Statement on Recent Executive Orders

We are pleased with decisions that will affect some of our faculty and staff, as well as international students and those in the DACA program, who will be able to continue their educational journeys.
CU In The Media
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The Denver Post

Mark Kennedy: Higher education can counter what drives some to political violence

Those without the education necessary to benefit from the rapid advance of technology due to our nation’s unwillingness to treat education as a public good, as David Brooks observes, “have come to detest those who appear to have it so easy, who have such different values, who can be so condescending.”
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Staff Councils play critical role in shared governance at CU

At CU, we recognize our people are our greatest asset. Our faculty and staff are essential to our mission and are critical members of the CU community. As such, it is important that you have input in the governance of this university.
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CU to search for leader for online initiative

CU will take the next steps to expand its online education presence and offerings by searching for a permanent leader for the Office of Digital Education (ODE), which provides support services to campus online programs.
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Challenging times call for diversifying CU’s revenue

Concerning trends in demographics, state funding and enrollment are directing the attention of university leadership to the need to diversify CU’s revenue.
January 2021, A message from the president

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January 2021

Helping to Heal Our Nation’s Divisiveness

The appalling and deadly attack on Jan. 6, 2021, is our call to action. We all must do our parts to protect our democracy. Higher education bears a huge responsibility in this work.
Mark Kennedy speaks to the CU Board of Regents about the Capitol riots
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Remarks to the CU Board of Regents Regarding Washington, D.C. Riot

We stand today at one of the most contentious times in our nation’s history. As one of America’s leading universities, CU has a role in bolstering our democracy, so that the American flag continues to inspire those at home and abroad. In recent days I have witnessed members of our community, of all perspectives and viewpoints shedding light that moves us forward together and only generating heat that further divides us.
CU In The Media
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Denver Business Journal

Colorado colleges eye high school graduation rates, seek more state funding in 2021

An analysis of media reports and state survey data by national nonprofit Bellwether Education Partners estimates that as many as 3 million marginalized students may have gone "missing" from the public education system since the pandemic was announced in March and many schools went remote. At the University of Colorado system, where nontraditional students and students of color have made up most of its enrollment growth over the past 10 years, President Mark Kennedy is watching those trends.
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Transformation and Innovation Program: Strengthening CU technology collaboratively

Throughout the year, TIP has focused on key areas where CU will leverage technology to become operationally stronger and more efficient in the delivery of our mission. The project teams have made measured progress over the past six months while remaining cognizant of the demands on our campuses during the pandemic. The primary focus of the efforts underway has been to clarify the scope of each project, define logical workstreams to organize the work, identify tasks and activities that will need to be completed, and define working structures such as project steering committees.
CU In The Media
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Colorado Springs Gazette

GUEST COLUMN: Colorado uniquely positioned to serve Space Command's mission

The case for Colorado being the permanent home of U.S. Space Command is compelling given our rich and enduring space and national security ecosystem distinguished by a powerful confluence of industry, government, academic and philanthropic forces. We have a proven track record of collaboration among these entities, especially when the nation’s interests are at stake.
CU In The Media
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Daily Camera

Guest opinion: Mark Kennedy: How COVID-19 has been, and is, changing CU

With the glimmer of hope brought about by the news of imminent vaccine delivery, we are discussing how CU’s four campuses will emerge from the pandemic, what lessons we learned, and where we go once society and our campuses start to open. The pandemic will have lasting effects. We know the work we started on a couple major systemwide initiatives in fall 2019 has become more critical.
President Mark Kennedy
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Five questions for Mark Kennedy

President Kennedy takes stock of a turbulent 2020 and points to signs of hope in the new year.
Bill Coleman

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December 2020

The Loss of a Visionary

Bill Coleman’s passion and commitment exemplify the power and promise of higher education.
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Moderna Coronavirus Vaccine Trial at CU Anschutz Shows 94.5% Efficacy

CU on the Air speaks with Dr. Thomas Campbell, professor of medicine and infectious disease and leader of the Moderna vaccine trials at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus.
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Bolstering efforts to fight student food insecurity

Students across CU experiencing food insecurity will get a boost after President Kennedy designated $300,000 from his office to support campus efforts to address the issue.
CU Anschutz and CU Boulder
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CU Boulder Today

Infectious disease containment, anxiety disorder interventions among collaborative projects funded by AB Nexus grants

The AB Nexus Research Collaboration Grant program announced its inaugural round of grants totaling $625,000 for novel research projects integrating expertise from the CU Anschutz and CU Boulder campuses.
CU In The Media
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The Denver Post

Mark Kennedy: University of Colorado is adapting in wake of COVID, but needs state’s financial support

Colorado must invest more in its educated human infrastructure and embrace an educated populace as a public good. Only with universities jointly committing to becoming more efficient as Colorado commits to increasing its nation-trailing support for higher education can we truly address inequitable access to a college degree and meet state workforce needs.
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Colorado Public Radio

CU President Mark Kennedy On What’s Ahead

CU President Mark Kennedy Talks About Pandemic Learning, Financing and the New Regents.
CU In The Media
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Mark Kennedy: Collaboration in higher education benefits us all

For Colorado’s universities and colleges, there’s never been a more critical time to harness the power of partnerships — with each other and entities outside higher education.
Nov 2020 BoR Meeting
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As pandemic continues, CU leadership considers tuition, student aid ramifications

During the Nov. 12 meeting, President Kennedy announced new funding of $5 million via the CU Foundation to be made available to the campuses for emergency funding or mental health needs related to the coronavirus pandemic. The amount results in a total $12 million in pandemic relief for students.
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The Denver Post

CU to work with state legislature to offer in-state tuition to Indigenous students from outside Colorado

The resolution authorizes CU’s system administration to work on legislation with the Colorado General Assembly “as soon as reasonably practicable within the constraints of the legislative process” to approve in-state tuition status at CU campuses for out-of-state Indigenous people whose tribal nations are tied to Colorado.