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November 2020

Delivering on Our Mission amid a Global Pandemic

While there are differing opinions about the actions we’ve taken, I think there’s one thing we can all agree on: COVID isn’t going away any time soon.
CU's first systemwide land acknowledgement statement
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CU Develops First Systemwide Lands Acknowledgement Statement

Initiated by the CU Board of Regents, the university has its first systemwide statement acknowledging that the lands where the four campuses are located were originally home to Indigenous peoples.
Mark Kennedy speaks to Faculty Senate at Oct. 22, 2020 meeting
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Coronavirus Continues to Cloud Budget Outlook

CU President Mark Kennedy joined the Oct. 22 meeting of the Faculty Senate to look ahead to the 2021-22 fiscal year.
CU's first systemwide land acknowledgement statement
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CU Systemwide Lands Recognition Statement

Background Acknowledging that we reside on the homelands of Indigenous peoples is an important step toward recognizing the history and the original stewards of these lands. The intent of a land acknowledgment is to extend beyond spoken or written words. It must be implemented thoughtfully and
CU Business Deans Diversity Initiative
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CU Business School Deans Introduce CU Diverse Doctorates in Business

The deans of the business schools at the University of Colorado’s Boulder, Denver and Colorado Springs campuses are working on an initiative to increase the diversity of business academics by encouraging more underrepresented undergraduate students at CU to consider pursuing a PhD in a business discipline.
OLC national award
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Online Design and Development team recognized with national award

CU's Online Design and Development Team in the Office of Digital Education received national recognition as the recipient of the Online Learning Consortium's 2020 Excellence in Faculty Development for Online Teaching Award.
Celebrating DEI
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DEI Innovation Fund will augment campuses, system diversity efforts

Through a collaboration with the CU Foundation Board, we've created a $5 million DEI Innovation Fund to support innovative diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives on each campus and at system administration.
Mark Kennedy at Global Summit Tokyo Zoom
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G1 Global Conference in Tokyo

I was honored to be a panelist in the G1 Global conference in Tokyo in October of 2020, where we discussed the then upcoming political climate in the U.S., who will control Congress, mail-in ballots and what the result will mean for Japan and its new Prime Minister.
CU In The Media
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The Denver Post

Colorado and Indian state of Karnataka look to business opportunities

Gov. Jared Polis played up Colorado’s expertise in aerospace, biotech, renewable energy and agriculture during a business roundtable to discuss closer commercial ties with India, and in particular with the state of Karnataka.
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Colorado Politics

CU reports taking in $1.4 billion in research funding during last fiscal year

The University of Colorado awarded approximately $1.4 billion in federal, state, international and foundational research funding to its campuses during the 2019-2020 fiscal years, the fourth consecutive year in which grants exceeded $1 billion.
CU online shifts to campuses
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Campuses to lead CU Online partnerships with the Office of Digital Education

The focus of the systemwide CU Online program is shifting to the campuses after an assessment confirmed campuses and programs need to maintain control over essential academic functions.
Mental-Health
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President to direct CU Foundation funds to augment mental health services on campuses

President Kennedy and the CU Foundation Board of Directors are stepping up to provide more funding for mental health services on CU's four campuses, a need driven in large measure by the pandemic. The CU Foundation is providing $2 million, which Kennedy will direct evenly to the four campuses.
CU faculty attracted $1.41 billion in annual sponsored research funding and gifts last year.

Newsletter

 
October 2020

The Numbers Speak Volumes: CU’s Research is Benefiting the World

CU faculty attracted $1.41 billion in annual sponsored research funding and gifts last year.
CRM-tech
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University of Colorado Statement on Sept. 22 Executive Order

The University of Colorado has questions regarding the Executive Order issued on Sept. 22 regarding “Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping” and related guidance from the Office of Management and Budget, which aim to limit certain types of diversity training. The order is directed at “federal contractors” and “grant recipients,” both of which apply to CU.
New technologies help drugs gain approval more quickly
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CU Anschutz Today

CU Anschutz Announces Unique Technology to Rapidly Screen New Drugs, Therapies

CU is first academic institution in Mountain West with tool that can cut screening time by half.
Denver Metro Chamber Higher Ed Panel
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BLOG: Engaging Denver's Business Community

Among the key messages I delivered to the business community is that vital universities are essential to a vital economy – here in Colorado and nationally. We must work together in higher education to change the narrative and the thinking about our institutions. We must develop stronger partnerships with business and enlist their assistance as our champions.
CU In The Media
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Opinion: Washington's inability to agree on COVID relief puts future of colleges, universities at risk

The CARES Act signed into law in March provided an initial round of pandemic-relief funding, but Washington’s inability to agree on a second comprehensive bill leaves higher education in significant jeopardy. We urge decision-makers to consider the severe pandemic-driven disruptions to these powerful drivers of economic development and social mobility.
Engineering Center at UCCS
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Communique

New Engineering Research Center Aims for Sustainable Electric Transportation

Researchers at UCCS will play a key role in a multi-institutional effort, funded by a renewable $26 million National Science Foundation grant, to develop an international research center dedicated to advancing sustainable and electrified transportation.
CU Boulder's diverse student population is growing.
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CU Boulder Today

Overall Enrollment Declines, but Historic Gains In Diversity, Graduation Rates Provide Bright Spots

This fall semester, CU Boulder recorded its most diverse and one of its most academically well-prepared classes of new first-year students in university history, even as it navigated the public health, financial and other impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, according to final enrollment data issued today.
Technology and Transformation
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IT Procurement a Key Piece of Puzzle for Transformation and Innovation Program

New approaches to procurement of Information Technology (IT) are being examined as part of CU’s Transformation and Innovation Program (TIP), which continues to gain ground.
CU Boulder researchers are working with NASA on new communications technology
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BLOG: Celebrating Education Technology Day

September 23 is Education Technology Day, when we celebrate technology’s impact on the ways we teach and learn – from the slide projectors introduced to classrooms in the 1950s to the laptops and quantum computing of today. I consider every day Education Technology Day and if ever there was a time to celebrate technology, it’s now.
Historical Image of U.S. Constitution Signing
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CU, Baylor, UI and UMass Celebrate Constitution Day

CU President Mark Kennedy convened a panel of some of his national peer higher education colleagues to celebrate Constitution Day, the annual observance of the creation and adoption of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.
UCCS Campus Shot
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Enrollment Ripples Will Have Long-lasting Effects

Overall fall enrollment numbers at CU campuses are better than expected given the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, but concerns remain about significant declines in new freshmen, international students and nonresidents, according to an update provided to the Board of Regents at its Sept. 10 meeting.
Mark Kennedy
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Impressive Showing for CU in U.S. News & World Report 2021 Rankings

U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 national rankings were announced Sept. 13, and CU’s four campuses boasted some outstanding educational highlights and overall rankings.