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From Triage to Transformation

“The pandemic has amplified and accelerated existing and emerging digital forces disrupting every form of human activity. We addressed initial challenges in phases of triage and stabilization, but our continued success as a university hinges on our ability to collectively pivot toward transformation.”

– President Mark Kennedy

 
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CU Connections

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.
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9News

Governor Urges Against Large Gatherings Ahead of Labor Day Weekend, Focus on Students

Gov. Jared Polis and CU President Mark Kennedy provided an update about the state's response to COVID-19. Polis urged caution ahead of Labor Day weekend, asking residents to continue wearing masks, social distancing and avoiding large gatherings to maintain the state's positive trend.
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Colorado Public Radio

CU Boulder Detects Possible Coronavirus Outbreaks at Four Dorms Thanks to Wastewater Testing

CU Boulder asked students and workers at four residence halls on campus to get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible after wastewater tests detected possible outbreaks at the buildings.
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Daily Camera

CU Regents Chair Calls for Unity to Weather Uncertain Year

CU Board of Regents Chair Glen Gallegos and Vice Chair Lesley Smith addressed faculty members from all four campuses at the system’s first faculty council meeting of the academic year.
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The Denver Post

Guest Column: Campus Changes We’re Seeing Reflect Fundamental Shift in Higher Education

As college students nationwide begin a fall semester like no other, it is tempting to label this an historic moment. This is much more than a moment in time, however. It is not merely a pause before we return to business as usual. It is a movement.
Dr. Neill Epperson
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CU on the Air

Mind the Brain, You Can’t Go Without It

CU on the Air speaks with Dr. Neill Epperson about her weekly podcast, Mind the Brain, which explores the many aspects of mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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CU Connections

Work Changes Brought on by Pandemic Expected to Continue

Remote working, budget challenges, furloughs and a hiring chill – side effects of the coronavirus pandemic – will continue to shape the work lives of CU system administration staff for the foreseeable future.
Our Research Matters

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August 2020

Our Research Matters

As the nation’s 10th most prolific public research university, CU is a well-established and respected leader in innovation, developing solutions for many of today’s major challenges in aerospace, cybersecurity, health care, sustainability, urban vitality and more. Then came COVID-19.
Mary Ann Cutter
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CU Connections

Pandemic a fast-moving target for expert in medical ethics, philosophy

In 2012, she began work on ethical issues raised by how physicians understand and treat breast cancer, and this year is looking at how decisions are made regarding diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of COVID-19.
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The Gazette

EDITORIAL: President Mark Kennedy has CU on the right course

Mark Kennedy is so devoted to higher education he plans to donate $150,000 of this year’s scheduled bonus to a scholarship fund for first-generation college students from rural areas. He will leave the remaining $50,000 in the university’s budget.
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Planning for an Uncertain Future

On July 27, 2020, the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce hosted the panel discussion, “U.S. Higher Education: Planning for an Uncertain Future.” Joining other higher education leaders in Colorado, I had the privilege of outlining how CU is addressing the challenges – and opportunities – of the moment.
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The Denver Post

How is CU President Mark Kennedy Leading During a Pandemic?

The university is getting ready to welcome students back for hybrid learning this fall — or at least more ready than it was last March, with COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, quarantine spaces, social distancing measures, student conduct consequences for violating public health orders and improved online education models.
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The Gazette

GUEST COLUMN: CU responding to the pressing demands of the times

Experience has taught me that effective leadership in times of crisis requires promptly responding to the pressing demands of the moment while keeping a keen eye fixed on the actions necessary for post-crisis success.
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Daily Camera

Amid pandemic and upheaval, CU regents look forward

University of Colorado’s Board of Regents met over Zoom on Wednesday for a retreat to discuss goals for the upcoming year, including addressing diversity and inclusion, navigating the hurdles of the coronavirus pandemic and practicing good governance.
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Colorado Politics

DeGette sponsors legislation granting $25 billion to research disrupted by pandemic

The Research Investment to Secure the Economy Act cites a slowdown in non-COVID-19 research activity given the modified operations of university-based laboratories.
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The Denver Post

CU budget takes $250M hit as costs of coronavirus continue to add up

The University of Colorado’s budget for the next academic year will fall 5.3% from last year, dipping from $4.79 billion to $4.54 billion, largely due to the financial impacts of the new coronavirus.
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Statement from CU President Kennedy on Supreme Court Decision on Civil Rights

The decision today by the United States Supreme Court that civil rights law barring sex discrimination in the workplace applies to gay, lesbian and transgender workers affirms and aligns with the University of Colorado’s values.
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Colorado Sun

Nicolais: CU steps up to help students amid coronavirus concerns

Even as the state legislature cut spending to Colorado colleges and universities, CU leadership took steps to ensure access and diversity on campus.
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The Denver Post

University of Colorado forgoes tuition hikes in response to coronavirus

Only out-of-state nursing students on Anschutz Medical Campus will see a tuition increase next year.
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The Gazette

GUEST COLUMN: Pandemic has accelerated innovation in education

The pandemic has accelerated digital forces that were in motion, disrupting most every activity and institution, including higher education.
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Daily Camera

Kennedy to donate, forgo $200k bonus

University of Colorado President Mark Kennedy will forgo or donate $200,000 in bonuses he was set to receive for completing four goals set by the Board of Regents during his first year on the job.
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President's communication to faculty and staff

The CU community’s response leaves me impressed and appreciative, although we know we have a long way to go and challenging times ahead. Focusing on our priorities takes on greater significance and urgency.
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Daily Camera

Colorado higher ed leaders seek additional federal support

This is the second letter sent by the state’s top higher education officials seeking specific funding and relief programs for colleges and universities.
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CU Connections

CU to substantially ramp up online education efforts

President Kennedy stresses new urgency in growing ‘pockets of excellence.’
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CU on the Air

CU on the Air: CU President Kennedy’s coronavirus update

CU President Mark Kennedy sat down this week with CU on the Air host Ken McConnellogue to provide updates to the CU community
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CU Connections

As leadership takes pay cuts, budget questions remain

President Kennedy updates regents on coronavirus, announces pay reductions for leadership.
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A message from President Kennedy

I am proud of how CU’s students, faculty and staff have stepped up to the challenges brought about by COVID-19. You have helped us protect the health and safety of our community while also continuing to deliver on our educational mission. There have been bumps in the road, yet we are faring well amid the upheaval. Our students remain our focus. Thank you for everything you are doing.
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Daily Camera

CU President Kennedy, chancellors to take 10% pay cut amid coronavirus budget concerns

The pay cuts will save $383,877 annually, CU spokesman Ken McConnellogue said.
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CU Boulder Today

CU regents hear update on financial impacts of COVID-19, next steps

In a special virtual meeting, the board heard a presentation from President Mark Kennedy on the university’s response to COVID-19.
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CU Connections

Unprecedented times, unprecedented board meeting

In video conference, regents agree to delay vote on tuition, fees, compensation.
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Daily Camera

CU braces for economic impact of coronavirus

CU officials outlined the potential impacts of the coronavirus recession at a system finance committee meeting.
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The Cure is Us

It's up to each of us to do the right thing. Take the pledge! Debbie and I did, you can too! #stayhealthy #staysafe #stayinside #thecureisus www.thecureis.us
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Daily Camera

CU system predicts funding cuts amid coronavirus upheaval

University of Colorado system leaders are predicting significant funding cuts amid the economic upheaval brought on by coronavirus, which could lead to layoffs or furloughs.
Looking to tomorrow

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April 2020

Working for today, looking to tomorrow

Our world today is different, with many once-familiar things turned upside down. Between now and when we return to normal, or a slightly altered version of normal, we are facing the difficulties and opportunities that lie ahead for our society and our university with resolution and purpose.
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COVID-19 statement from President Kennedy

The environment brought about by COVID-19, with sudden and significant changes to teaching, learning, research, living and work, has challenged us all. It also has led to heightened levels of stress and anxiety, particularly for certain members of the University of Colorado community.
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Daily Camera

CU’s Kennedy, higher ed leaders seek emergency funds amid coronavirus outbreak

A letter sent to the state’s congressional delegation on March 20 outlines the need for emergency aid to students and institutions, technology funding, supplemental research funding and access to low-cost capital amid a worsening economic and public health crisis caused by the novel coronavirus.
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CU Connections

President Kennedy announces delays, pauses for key initiatives

The ripple effects from COVID-19 are causing delays in some of the major systemwide initiatives that have been underway for several months at CU, including the strategic plan, technology enablement project and online learning initiative.
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A message from President Kennedy

Thank you for your continued efforts to deal with the COVID-19 crisis. I appreciate all you are doing to help protect the health and safety of the university community while also ensuring we continue to meet our mission in teaching and research.
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Daily Camera

CU Boulder move to online-only classes mostly smooth after coronavirus cancels live classes

More than 30,000 University of Colorado Boulder students and their professors have transitioned from traditional, in-person classes to all online classes within a matter of days.
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CU on the Air

CU on the Air: CU, yesterday and today

In this special episode of CU on the Air, we talk with University of Colorado President Mark R. Kennedy about what CU is doing to ensure the health and safety of its students, faculty and staff as well as emergency plans in place and long-term impact on the university.
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CU on the Air

Coronavirus: President Kennedy discusses the steps underway at CU

We talk with University of Colorado President Mark R. Kennedy about what CU is doing to ensure the health and safety of its students, faculty and staff as well as emergency plans in place and long-term impact on the university.
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CU Connections

CU leadership announces further steps in coronavirus response

As the spread of coronavirus continues throughout the state, nation and world, University of Colorado leaders are announcing further steps in response.
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Statement from President Mark Kennedy and Board of Regents Chairman Glen Gallegos on COVID-19 planning

We have been actively engaged with University of Colorado campuses in our evolving plans to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, which is our top priority.
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Daily Camera

CU Boulder cancels in-person classes as coronavirus spreads in CO

University of Colorado Boulder will cancel all in-person classes for the rest of the semester starting Monday, joining dozens of universities across the country in switching to online-only education.
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Statement from President Kennedy on (COVID-19)

As concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) grow, we have taken steps on each of our campuses and our system offices to ensure that the best resources and information are available.
Coronavirus

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March 2020

CU coronavirus update

The University of Colorado is closely following developments related to the international spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our highest priority as we coordinate our planning and response.