University of Northern Colorado – 2019 State of the University

University of Northern Colorado – 2019 State of the University


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captions.>>Last year at this time it was
a massive construction site we had an interim Provost and I was
starting my term as chair of the faculty Senate. My introduction
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career. This year the task is much less obvious and I bet that almost all of you
have had some sort of experience meeting and the weather in small
group settings, at his home, or at the various open forums last
year on the budget. Soon there will be more open forums on
visioning UNC future which he will cochair with our new
Provost mark Anderson. Just out of curiosity, raise
your hand if this will be the first time that you will see
Andy in action? Exactly what I expected. My first meeting with
Andy was on his second day in office. I had asked for this
meeting as I was eager to get a measure of our new President. We
had a cordial enough conversation. At the end of our
meeting, he asked me for my cell phone number. I told him I did not give it
out. Only my wife and children HAD MY CELL NUMBER. INSTEAD I
GAVE THEM MY HOME PHONE NUMBER THINKING HE WOULD NEVER CALL.
WAS I WRONG. HIS FIRST CALL CAME ON A SUNDAY DURING A BRONCOS
GAME. WHILE I AM NOT THE BIGGEST FAN, I WAS WATCHING THE GAME.
CLEARLY NO ONE HAD TOLD ANDY THAT IN COLORADO THE BRONCOS ARE
THE EQUIVALENT OF A CIVIC RELIGION. AND ONE DOES NOT MAKE
WORK CALLS DURING THE GAME. I DID NOT TELL HIM EITHER. A FEW
WEEKS LATER HE CALLED AGAIN, AND YES, IT WAS DURING A GAME . AND
AGAIN I DUTIFULLY SPOKE WITH HIM , NEVER MENTIONING THAT THE GAME
WAS ON. AND ALTHOUGH HIS PHONE CALLS HAVE CONTINUED, THEY HAVE
NOT OCCURRED DURING A GAME. I CAN ONLY CONCLUDE THEREFORE THAT
HE IS NOW A BRONCOS FAN. SO LET ME WARN THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE
THINKING OF GETTING INVOLVED IN FACULTY GOVERNMENTS, BE PREPARED
FOR PHONE CALLS AND DO NOT DRINK TOO MUCH AS YOU WATCH THE
BRONCOS IN CASE HE SHOULD CALL. WHERE HAVE WE COME IN THE PAST
YEAR? THERE HAVE BEEN A DIZZYING ARRAY OF CHANGES. WE ARE ON OUR
WAY TO ERASING THE BUDGET DEFICIT, AND ANDY HAS RESHUFFLED
THE DIVISIONS WITHIN THE ADMINISTRATION, SEEKING GREATER
EFFICIENCIES AND FOCUS. HE HAS SPURRED A HOST OF STUDENT
RETENTION EFFORTS THAT WILL SERVE OUR STUDENTS WELL. AND HE
HAS EMBRACED SHARED GOVERNANCE AND EVEN HAD A FACULTY MEMBER
CHAIR THE SEARCH COMMITTEE FOR THE PROVOST, SOMETHING THAT WAS
UNPRECEDENTED AT UNC . LONG OVERDUE THESE ARE ALL TO THE
GOOD. HE HAS OF COURSE DONE MUCH MORE THAN JUST THAT. WHICH HE
WILL NO DOUBT TOUCH UPON IN HIS REMARKS. NEVERTHELESS THERE ARE
MANY THINGS THAT HAVE NOT CHANGED. COLORADO REMAINS AT THE
BOTTOM OF ALL STATES, IN AID TO HIGHER EDUCATION, COMPETITION
FOR OUR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, CONTINUES TO ACCELERATE AS
OUT-OF-STATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES SEEK TO SHORE UP
THEIR DECLINING POPULATION OF INTRIGUED STUDENTS. TUITION
ACCOUNTS FOR THE BULK OF OUR REVENUE AND IS MORE THAN DOUBLED
IN THE PAST 10 YEARS. WHILE MEDIUM HOUSEHOLD WAGES HAVE ONLY
RISEN MARGINALLY. TO AFFORD THE RISING COST OF
ATTENDANCE, OUR STUDENTS SPEND SIGNIFICANT TIME WORKING WHILE
ATTENDING SCHOOL. STUDENT DEBT HAS BECOME THE NEW BURDEN ON
THIS GENERATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE. I THINK THAT WE ARE AT A PIVOTAL
MOMENT IN UNC HISTORY . EACH OF THE CHALLENGES IS TROUBLING, TO
SAY THE LEAST, AND HOW WE AS A UNIVERSITY RESPOND TO THE NEW
HIRE EDUCATION LANDSCAPE, WILL SHAPE UNC FUTURE FOR MANY YEARS
TO COME. SINCE ANDY HAS BEEN PRESIDENT I AM OFTEN ASKED, WHAT
DO YOU THINK OF HIM? MY RESPONSE IS SIMPLE, SO FAR, SO GOOD. AND
NOW MY PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE PRESIDENT ANDY FEINSTEIN.
>>[APPLAUSE] >>THANK YOU. THANK YOU, PROFESSOR LUGER. — I SHOULD WAIT UNTIL HE GETS
OUT OF THE HALLWAY, RIGHT? >>[LAUGHTER]
>>THANK YOU. I CANNOT BEGIN TO EXPRESS HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE
THE OPENNESS AND HONESTY YOU BRING TO OUR WORK TOGETHER, AND
YOUR GENUINE DESIRE TO MAKE UNC A BETTER PLACE. THIS TIME LAST YEAR, STAN AND I
WERE STILL GETTING TO KNOW EACH OTHER, AND I’M PRETTY SURE HE
THOUGHT I WAS FULL OF… WELL LET’S SAY HE WAS FULL OF…
SKEPTICISM. STAN, I THINK YOU MIGHT HAVE
COME AROUND A LITTLE BIT. IN ALL SERIOUSNESS, I LOOK
FORWARD TO ANOTHER YEAR OF WORKING TOGETHER. WE ARE SO
FORTUNATE TO HAVE A FACULTY SENATE THAT IS ENGAGED AND
INVOLVED IN MOVING OUR UNIVERSITY FORWARD. THE SAME IS
TRUE OF OUR STUDENT SENATE, CLASSIFIED STAFF COUNCIL, AND
PROFESSIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF COUNCIL. I AM GRATEFUL TO
ALL OF YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO EVERY DAY TO FULFILL OUR MISSION. IT
IS AN HONOR TO BE YOUR PRESIDENT. THANK YOU FOR BEING
HERE THIS MORNING. WE ALSO HAVE FOLKS WATCHING ONLINE, AND I
WOULD LIKE YOU TO HELP ME IN GIVING THEM A VIRTUAL SHOUT-OUT.
ON THE COUNT OF THREE, EVERYONE SAY: “GO BEARS!” READY?
ONE—TWO—THREE: GO BEARS! >>WE ARE ONLY TWO WEEKS INTO
FALL SEMESTER, BUT IT SEEMS LONGER. RIGHT? IT FEELS GOOD.
ACROSS CAMPUS AND AROUND GREELEY, THERE ARE SIGNS OF A
UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY THAT HAS COME BACK TO LIFE. MOVE-IN DAY
WAS INCREDIBLE. I LOVE HELPING STUDENTS. AND THEIR FAMILIES—SUCH A MIX OF
EMOTIONS! YOU CAN TELL THAT SOME REALLY DON’T WANT TO LEAVE THEIR
KIDS. OTHERS ARE HIGH-FIVING EACH OTHER. JUST THE NIGHT
BEFORE UNC’S MOVE-IN, KERRY AND I HAD COME HOME FROM TAKING OUR
SON, NICK, TO COLLEGE—SO I SAW THOSE TEARY EYED PARENTS A
LITTLE DIFFERENTLY THIS YEAR. IT WAS HARD TO SAY GOODBYE. IT’S
WONDERFUL TO SEE OUR STUDENTS WALKING FROM CLASS TO CLASS. AND
SITTING AROUND THE CAMPUS COMMONS. AND HANGING THEIR
HAMMOCKS BETWEEN THE TREES—EVEN THOUGH THEY’RE BLOCKING SOME OF
THE BASKETS ON MY DISC GOLF COURSE. AND IT IS EXCITING TO
SEE OUR CITY WELCOMING STUDENTS BACK. WE ARE FORTUNATE TO BE
PART OF A COMMUNITY THAT IS GENUINELY INVESTED IN UNC AND
THE SUCCESS OF OUR STUDENTS. I AM HAPPY TO WELCOME SEVERAL
COMMUNITY LEADERS TODAY. PLEASE HOLD YOUR APPLAUSE UNTIL I
INTRODUCE ALL OF THEM. STATE REPRESENTATIVE MARY YOUNG. UNC TRUSTEE STEVE JORDAN STUDENT
TRUSTEE MALAIKA MICHEL-FULLER FACULTY TRUSTEE FRITZ FISCHER
GREELEY MAYOR JOHN GATES. GREELEY CITY MANAGER ROY OTTO.
SCHOOL DISTRICT 6 SUPERINTENDENT DEIRDRE PILCH UNC
ALUMNI BOARD CHAIR JILL TROTTER ALUMNI BOARD MEMBERS BRAD DARBY
AND RONNA SANCHEZ. I ALSO WANT TO RECOGNIZE MY
WIFE, KERRY. I WOULD NOT BE SUCCESSFUL WITHOUT HER
ENCOURAGEMENT AND SUPPORT. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR BEING
HERE. >>[APPLAUSE]
>>BEFORE COMING TO GREELEY, I
COULD NOT HAVE IMAGINED MOVING TO A NEW COMMUNITY AND FINDING
THE KIND OF SUPPORT AND GENUINE FRIENDSHIP OFFERED TO ME BY OUR
MAYOR, CITY MANAGER, AIMS PRESIDENT, AND DISTRICT 6
SUPERINTENDENT. JOHN, ROY, LEAH AND DEIRDRE ARE
PASSIONATE ABOUT THIS COMMUNITY. JOHN UNDERSTANDS SO WELL THAT
THE SUCCESS OF GREELEY AND UNC ARE INSEPARABLE. LEAH WELCOMED ME WITH OPEN ARMS,
AND PERSONALLY INTRODUCED ME TO THE WILD WEST VERSION OF HIGHER
EDUCATION THAT IS SO DIFFERENT FROM THE CALIFORNIA SYSTEM I
KNEW. WHAT DEIRDRE IS DOING TO TRANSFORM DISTRICT 6 IS
REMARKABLE—NOT JUST FOR OUR SCHOOLS, BUT FOR OUR ENTIRE
COMMUNITY. AND ROY… WELL, HE MAY BE OUR
BIGGEST CHEERLEADER. BUT DON’T JUDGE HIM JUST BY HIS DANCE
MOVES—RIGHT, ROY? LET ME ASSURE YOU: HE IS THE GUY
BEHIND THE SCENES WHO GETS THINGS DONE. WE ARE HERE TO
DISCUSS THE STATE OF OUR UNIVERSITY. WHEN OUR PRESIDENT
SPEAKS TO THE NATION EVERY JANUARY, WE ARE ACCUSTOMED TO
HEARING: “THE STATE OF OUR UNION IS STRONG.”
AND THIS IS TRUE OF UNC. OUR UNIVERSITY IS FUNDAMENTALLY
STRONG. BUT WE OWE IT TO OUR STUDENTS AND EACH OTHER TO MAKE
IT EVEN STRONGER. SO TODAY, I WANT TO UPDATE YOU ON THE STATE
OF OUR UNIVERSITY BY: FIRST, SHARING SOME OF WHAT I HEARD
FROM YOU AND OTHERS DURING MY FIRST YEAR AS YOUR PRESIDENT;
SECOND, REVIEWING SOME OF THE STEPS WE HAVE TAKEN AND WILL BE
TAKING, TO HONOR OUR COMMITMENT TO STUDENTS, AND PLAN FOR OUR
FUTURE; AND THIRD, TELLING YOU WHY I AM CONFIDENT WE WILL
SUCCEED. WHEN I ADDRESSED YOU FOR THE
FIRST TIME A YEAR AGO, I WAS BARELY INTO MY THIRD MONTH ON
THE JOB. ALTHOUGH I KNEW A BIT ABOUT THE CHALLENGES AND
OPPORTUNITIES AWAITING US—AND WAS EAGER TO ADDRESS THEM—I KNEW
THAT IT WAS VITAL TO LISTEN AND LEARN FROM YOU. I MET WITH
ANYONE WHO WOULD TALK TO ME—STUDENTS; CLASSIFIED STAFF;
PROFESSIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF; FACULTY; ALUMNI; DONORS;
CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS; COUNTY COMMISSIONERS; LEGISLATORS;
COMMUNITY MEMBERS; BUSINESS LEADERS. I SPENT—AND CONTINUE SPENDING—A
CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF TIME GETTING TO KNOW PEOPLE. I
VISITED EVERY ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT AND SCHOOL LAST
YEAR—ALL FORTY-ONE. IF YOU WEREN’T PART OF THOSE FACULTY
MEETINGS, DON’T WORRY—I PLAN TO VISIT ALL OF OUR STAFF THIS
YEAR. I ALSO VENTURED OFF CAMPUS AS OFTEN AS I COULD, GETTING TO
KNOW GREELEY AND WELD COUNTY, AND TRAVELING ALL OVER
COLORADO—FROM STERLING TO DENVER TO DURANGO. I ASKED QUESTIONS,
AND I LISTENED TO WHAT PEOPLE TOLD ME. WHAT I HEARD ABSOLUTELY
AFFIRMED MY DECISION TO COME TO UNC. IT ALSO GUIDED MANY OF THE
DECISIONS AND ACTIONS WE HAVE TAKEN. WE DID A LOT OF
MEANINGFUL WORK IN THE PAST YEAR. IN FACT, I HAD TO BE
TALKED OUT OF MAKING TODAY’S ADDRESS: “130 ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN
OUR 130th YEAR—A COMPREHENSIVE LIST.” BUT I WILL HIGHLIGHT SOME
OF OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS. WE RAISED OVER 54 MILLION DOLLARS
IN A FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN THAT SURPASSED OUR GOAL BY 20
PERCENT. WE TOOK THE STEPS NECESSARY TO SIGNIFICANTLY
REDUCE OUR STRUCTURAL DEFICIT. WE OPENED THE CAMPUS COMMONS AND
THIS BEAUTIFUL PERFORMANCE HALL, AND BROUGHT TOGETHER MANY OF OUR
STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES HERE AT THE HEART OF CAMPUS. WE WELCOMED OUR NEW PROVOST, DR.
MARK ANDERSON. WE CREATED A STRATEGIC ENROLLMENT AND STUDENT
SUCCESS PLAN AND MADE SERIOUS PROGRESS IN IMPLEMENTING IT.
GRADUATION AND RETENTION RATES ARE ALREADY IMPROVING. WE OWE
THANKS TO OUR IMPLEMENTATION CO-CHAIRS, HISTORY PROFESSOR
JOAN CLINEFELTER AND INTERIM AVP FOR STRATEGIC ENROLLMENT SEAN
BROGHAMMER AND THE MANY STAFF AND FACULTY WHO WORKED ALL
SUMMER ON THIS CRITICAL INITIATIVE. WE ALSO CREATED A STUDENT
AFFAIRS DIVISION TO UNIFY OUR STUDENT SUPPORT FUNCTIONS, AND
COMBINED TWO DIVISIONS INTO UNIVERSITY ADVANCEMENT TO
INTEGRATE OUR EFFORTS TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS, SHARE OUR STORY,
AND GENERATE SUPPORT. WE EARNED OUR SECOND STRAIGHT
BIG SKY MEN’S GOLF TITLE AND HAD THE INDIVIDUAL CHAMPION IN
WOMEN’S GOLF. FOR THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW, WE RECEIVED THE
CONFERENCE’S HIGHEST GRADUATION SUCCESS RATE. AND UNC
STUDENT-ATHLETES AND COACHES GARNERED CONFERENCE AND NATIONAL
RECOGNITION FOR ATHLETIC AND ACADEMIC SUCCESS. ALL OF THIS,
AND MUCH MORE, TOOK A LOT OF TEAMWORK. A LOT OF ROWING
TOGETHER. I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT TO CONGRATULATE EVERYONE
WHO MADE IT ALL POSSIBLE. >>[APPLAUSE]
>>THANK YOU. I DECIDED TO MEET WITH FACULTY MEMBERS IN ALL OF
OUR ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS BECAUSE I WANTED TO SEE OUR UNIVERSITY
THROUGH THE EYES OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN CLOSEST DAILY CONTACT
WITH OUR STUDENTS. I HEARD VALUES THAT DATE BACK TO
OUR ROOTS: THE PRIMACY OF TEACHING AND LEARNING; THE REAL
FACULTY-STUDENT CONNECTIONS AFFORDED BY OUR RELATIVELY SMALL
CAMPUS AND INTIMATE CLASSROOMS; A GENUINE APPRECIATION FOR OUR
STUDENTS, THEIR DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS AND INTELLECTUAL
CURIOSITY, AND HOW HARD THEY WORK. AS SOMEONE WHOSE LIFE WAS
PROFOUNDLY SHAPED BY CARING, ATTENTIVE PROFESSORS, I FOUND IT
INCREDIBLY GRATIFYING TO HEAR FACULTY TELL ME THAT OUR
STUDENTS ARE THE MAIN REASON THEY WANT TO BE AT UNC. ONE
FACULTY MEMBER SAID: “STUDENTS HERE ARE HUNGRIER TO LEARN THAN
ANYWHERE I’VE TAUGHT.” THIS SPEAKS VOLUMES ABOUT WHAT WE DO
AT UNC. IN OTHER WAYS, MY CONVERSATIONS WITH FACULTY
MEMBERS, AND OTHERS, WERE SOBERING. I REPEATEDLY HEARD
ABOUT: LOW SALARIES THAT MAKE IT HARD TO LIVE COMFORTABLY IN
GREELEY; CONCERNS ABOUT DECLINING ENROLLMENT; THE NEED
FOR GREATER FOCUS ON STUDENT SUCCESS; STUDENTS WHO DON’T FEEL
WELCOME HERE; LACK OF SUPPORT FOR RESEARCH; WORRIES ABOUT
CONTINUED LAY-OFFS; AND THE DESIRE FOR A CLEARER UNC
IDENTITY. MANY OF YOU ASKED FOR MORE
INFORMATION AND GREATER TRANSPARENCY FROM YOUR LEADERS.
THE WORD USED OVER AND OVER AGAIN WAS TRUST. I AM DETERMINED
TO BE THE OPEN AND TRANSPARENT LEADER THAT THIS UNIVERSITY
DESERVES. I EXPECT THAT FROM ALL OF OUR CAMPUS LEADERS. I KNEW
FROM MY FIRST INTERVIEW AT UNC THAT THERE WAS AN OPPORTUNITY
FOR MORE COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP. THAT IS WHY ONE OF
THE FIRST THINGS I DID WAS TO CREATE A PRESIDENT’S LEADERSHIP
COUNCIL TO FOSTER COLLABORATION AND IMPROVE COMMUNICATION. YOUR
INPUT INFLUENCED OUR OPENNESS IN ATTACKING OUR BUDGET CHALLENGES.
AND IT INFORMED HOW WE APPROACHED OUR STRATEGIC
ENROLLMENT AND STUDENT SUCCESS WORK. I’LL HAVE MORE TO SAY
ABOUT THAT WORK, AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR US, IN A MOMENT. LAST
YEAR, I ALSO TOOK TIME TO REACH OUT TO BEAR ALUMNI AND
SUPPORTERS, LEADERS, AND EDUCATION COLLEAGUES ACROSS
COLORADO. I MADE MANY TRIPS TO DENVER, GETTING TO KNOW OUR
LEGISLATORS AND STATE POLICYMAKERS. THANKS TO A
COORDINATED STATEWIDE EFFORT, THE LEGISLATURE AND GOVERNOR
POLIS APPROVED MORE FUNDING FOR PUBLIC HIGHER EDUCATION,
INCLUDING AN ADDITIONAL $4.3 MILLION FOR UNC. COLORADO STILL RANKS NEAR THE
BOTTOM IN STATE SUPPORT OF PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES—THIRD FROM
THE BOTTOM, IN FACT. BUT IT WAS A POSITIVE STEP. AS I TRAVELED
AROUND THE STATE, I LEARNED THAT NO SINGLE GROUP SUPPORTS UNC AS
PASSIONATELY AS OUR ALUMNI. AT SOME RECEPTIONS, I FELT LIKE A
MEMBER OF OUR CHEER SQUAD ON GAME DAY. AND I LOVED IT! OUR
ALUMNI ARE DOING AMAZING THINGS—AS TEACHERS AND LEADERS,
ENTREPRENEURS AND ARTISTS, HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS,
RESEARCHERS, ACTIVISTS—IN EVERY IMAGINABLE WALK OF LIFE, AND IN
SOME WE’VE NEVER IMAGINED. THEY CONNECT OUR NEW GRADUATES
TO ESTABLISHED COMPANIES AND EMERGING START-UPS. THEY RETURN
TO CAMPUS TO VOLUNTEER THEIR TIME. THEIR GIFTS, LARGE AND SMALL,
MAKE A HUGE IMPACT ON THE SUCCESS OF OUR STUDENTS. THEY
ARE CHANGING THE WORLD, JUST AS WE KNEW THEY COULD AND BELIEVED
THEY WOULD. WHEREVER I WENT—PARTICULARLY AROUND
GREELEY—I HEARD: “THIS IS GREAT. WE ARE GLAD TO SEE YOU AND WANT
TO SEE YOU EVEN MORE.” I TOOK THAT AS AN INVITATION FOR UNC TO
BE MORE ACTIVELY ENGAGED, AND WE ARE. UNC, AIMS, DISTRICT 6 AND
GREELEY SHOULD BE—AND WILL BE—TIGHTLY CONNECTED. WE ENRICH THIS COMMUNITY, AND IT
ENRICHES THE LIVES OF OUR STUDENTS, STAFF AND FACULTY.
GREELEY IS AN EXTENSION OF OUR CLASSROOMS, OFFERING A WEALTH OF
EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES. I AM PARTICULARLY
PROUD OF THE CLOSE WORKING RELATIONSHIP WE ARE ESTABLISHING
WITH AIMS. LAST WEEK, PRESIDENT BORNSTEIN AND I ANNOUNCED THE
LAUNCH OF AIMS2UNC. IT WILL ALLOW STUDENTS ENROLLED AT AIMS
TO ACCESS UNC STUDENT SERVICES AND THEN SEAMLESSLY TRANSITION
HERE AFTER EARNING THEIR ASSOCIATE’S DEGREE. THAT
PARTNERSHIP IS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF HOW MUCH WE CAN DO WHEN WE
COLLABORATE, STAY FOCUSED ON THE NEEDS OF STUDENTS, AND ADAPT TO SHIFTING
CURRENTS. ALL OF THAT IS IN OUR INSTITUTIONAL DNA. WE HAVE A
HISTORY OF ADAPTING TO MEET THE CHANGING NEEDS OF STUDENTS. WHEN
OUR MARCUS GARVEY CULTURAL CENTER OPENED IN 1983, IT WAS
THE FIRST BLACK CULTURAL CENTER AT A COLORADO UNIVERSITY. TWO YEARS LATER, WE OPENED OUR
CÉSAR CHÁVEZ CULTURAL CENTER. WE REACHED OUT TO MORE STUDENTS
WITH OUR ASIAN PACIFIC-AMERICAN STUDENT SERVICES. NATIVE AMERICAN STUDENT
SERVICES. VETERANS SERVICES. AND THE CENTER FOR WOMEN’S AND
GENDER EQUITY. ONE WEEK FROM TODAY, WE WILL DEDICATE BONNIE HOUSE AS HOME TO
OUR GENDER AND SEXUALITY RESOURCE CENTER. SINCE 1972, OUR CENTER FOR HUMAN ENRICHMENT HAS SUPPORTED
THE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT OF FIRST-GENERATION STUDENTS. IT IS
CONSISTENTLY RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE TOP PROGRAMS OF ITS KIND
IN THE NATION. OUR CUMBRES PROGRAM SUPPORTS AND MENTORS
STUDENTS PREPARING TO BE ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE TEACHERS,
WHO ARE SO NEEDED IN COLORADO. OUR STRYKER INSTITUTE EMPOWERS
WOMEN FROM TRADITIONALLY UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS. AND WE
ARE MOVING TOWARD BEING A HISPANIC SERVING INSTITUTION AND
HAVE A TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY TO LEVERAGE THIS STATUS FOR THE
GOOD OF OUR ENTIRE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY. ADAPTING ISN’T NEW TO US. AND
ONCE AGAIN, IN OUR 130th YEAR, THERE ARE SIGNS NEAR AND FAR
THAT WE FACE A CHOICE: ADAPT, OR DRIFT. ALMOST ALL OF OUR UNDERGRADUATE
STUDENTS HAVE LIVED EXCLUSIVELY IN THE DIGITAL AGE. MOBILE
DEVICES … SOCIAL APPS … STUDENTS ARE EXPERT NETWORKERS. EMAIL?
THAT’S SO … 20th CENTURY. YES—ALL OF YOU WHO ARE CURRENTLY
CHECKING YOUR EMAIL—I’M TALKING ABOUT YOU. VERBAL COMMUNICATION
IS NOT THE FIRST INSTINCT FOR MANY OF OUR STUDENTS. I HEAR
FROM SOME PROFESSORS THAT STUDENTS HAVE NEVER BEEN SO
QUIET WHEN THEY ARRIVE FOR CLASS. WHY? BECAUSE THEY ARE ON
THEIR PHONES. THE DIGITAL AGE HAS SIGNIFICANT IMPLICATIONS FOR
EDUCATORS, YET MANY OF OUR STUDENT SERVICES ARE STILL
DESIGNED AROUND FACE-TO-FACE CONTACT. WE HAVEN’T KEPT UP. AS
A RESULT, MANY STUDENTS STRUGGLE TO FIND ADVISING SUPPORT OR
FINANCIAL AID ASSISTANCE. THEY SOMETIMES DON’T BOTHER TO ASK,
WHICH IS A FACTOR IN OUR RETENTION RATES. I KNOW OF AT
LEAST ONE UNC PROFESSOR WHO WALKS WITH STUDENTS TO THE
APPROPRIATE OFFICE. THAT IS LAUDABLE, AND CONSISTENT
WITH OUR VALUES. BUT IS IT SUSTAINABLE? THERE ARE MANY TRENDS—DISTRUST
OF INSTITUTIONS; CYNICISM ABOUT AFFORDABILITY AND STUDENT DEBT;
INCREASED GOVERNMENT SCRUTINY; DECLINING RESEARCH FUNDING—THAT
WE CAN’T FIX OURSELVES. BUT MEETING STUDENTS WHERE THEY ARE,
AND MAKING IT EASIER TO FIND THE SUPPORT THEY NEED? THAT IS
SOMETHING WE CAN FIX. AS I HAVE LEARNED OVER THE PAST
YEAR, WE DO MANY THINGS UNIQUELY WELL. BUT THERE ARE THINGS WE
DON’T DO WELL ENOUGH. OUR UNDERGRADUATE ENROLLMENT IS IN
GRADUAL DECLINE. WE WELCOMED 128 FEWER NEW FRESHMEN THIS FALL
THAN LAST. OUR STRATEGIC ENROLLMENT AND STUDENT SUCCESS
WORK HAS BEEN LOOKING CLOSELY AT TRENDS SINCE FALL 2013. IF
YOU’VE SEEN THE INITIAL REPORT YOU KNOW THESE DATA, BUT A FEW
POINTS BEAR REPEATING: ALMOST THREE IN TEN FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS
DID NOT RETURN FOR A SECOND YEAR. FOUR IN TEN DID NOT MAKE
IT TO THEIR THIRD YEAR. RETENTION RATES WERE EVEN LOWER
FOR FIRST-GENERATION STUDENTS, WHO NOW COMPRISE ALMOST HALF OF
OUR NEW FRESHMEN. JUST OVER A THIRD OF OUR STUDENTS GRADUATE
IN FOUR YEARS. A LITTLE OVER HALF GRADUATE WITHIN SIX. AS I MENTIONED, KERRY AND I JUST
TOOK OUR SON NICK TO COLLEGE, TO PENN STATE, WHERE I EARNED MY
DOCTORATE. I KNOW THAT MY PERSPECTIVE AS A UNIVERSITY
PRESIDENT IS UNIQUE, BUT WE’RE ALSO TYPICAL PROUD PARENTS. AND
I KNOW THIS: EVERY FIRST-YEAR PARENT THINKS THEIR STUDENT WILL
GRADUATE IN FOUR YEARS. STUDENTS HAVE REASONS FOR LEAVING BEFORE
COMPLETING A DEGREE: JOBS. FAMILIES. HEALTH ISSUES. FOR
SOME, A FULL-TIME ACADEMIC LOAD SIMPLY ISN’T SUSTAINABLE. BUT
FOR STUDENTS WHO WANT TO FINISH IN FOUR YEARS, WE OWE THEM THE
SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE TO SUCCEED. AND WE OWE MORE SUPPORT TO THE
STUDENTS WE ARE LOSING. WE SURELY SHOULD NOT SETTLE FOR
SEEING OVER 40 PERCENT LEAVE BEFORE THEIR THIRD YEAR. WE ARE MORALLY OBLIGATED TO DO
BETTER. TOGETHER, WITH THE RIGHT FOCUS AND SUPPORT, WE CAN DO
BETTER. AND WE WILL DO BETTER. THAT IS WHY IMPLEMENTING OUR STRATEGIC ENROLLMENT AND STUDENT
SUCCESS PLAN IS SO VITAL. YOU WILL BE RECEIVING THE FIRST
UPDATE FROM THE IMPLEMENTATION TEAM IN A FEW DAYS, AND THEY
WILL SHARE SEVERAL MORE THIS FALL. THIS WORK IS A CRITICAL
FOUNDATION FOR THE STRATEGIC VISIONING AND PLANNING THAT I
PROMISED YOU WE WOULD TAKE UP THIS FALL. IT IS TIME FOR US TO
ENGAGE IN UNCOMFORTABLE CONVERSATIONS. TO GRAPPLE WITH
TOPICS YOU HAVE BEEN URGING THAT WE ADDRESS OPENLY: AUTHENTICALLY
MAKING STUDENT SUCCESS OUR #1 PRIORITY. DEFINING THE ROLE OF
RESEARCH AT UNC. DEMONSTRATING THAT WE VALUE DIVERSITY AND
INCLUSION. MEANINGFULLY ENGAGING WITH OUR
COMMUNITY. HOW TO FAIRLY COMPENSATE ALL
EMPLOYEES. DISCOVERING WHAT WE—UNIQUELY—CAN AND WILL DO
BEST. AND CLARIFYING OUR IDENTITY, AND FINDING POWERFUL
WAYS TO TELL THAT STORY. PROVOST ANDERSON AND I WILL
CO-CHAIR THIS PLANNING EFFORT. THE PRESIDENT’S LEADERSHIP
COUNCIL IS SERVING AS THE STEERING COMMITTEE. AS A CAMPUS,
WE WILL ENVISION WHAT WE WANT UNC TO BE IN 10 YEARS—AND SET
CLEAR, MEASURABLE GOALS TO GET THERE. THERE WILL BE MANY
OPPORTUNITIES FOR CAMPUS INPUT, STARTING WITH THE FORUMS THAT
ARE SCHEDULED THIS WEEK AND NEXT. IN FACT THERE IS A FOR HIM THIS
AFTERNOON IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN ME. I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE
YOU TO ATTEND ONE OF THE SIX FORUMS. BUT IF YOU CAN’T MAKE
IT, WE WILL ALSO OPEN AN ONLINE SURVEY STARTING TOMORROW. THE
PRESIDENT’S LEADERSHIP COUNCIL WILL USE YOUR FEEDBACK TO DRAFT
A VISION STATEMENT TO SHARE WITH CAMPUS IN OCTOBER. AFTER MORE
CAMPUS INPUT, WE WILL MAKE REVISIONS AND TAKE IT TO THE
BOARD OF TRUSTEES IN NOVEMBER. WE WILL SPEND SPRING
SEMESTER—AGAIN, WITH MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR INPUT—DRAFTING
GOALS TO HELP US FULFILL OUR VISION FOR 2030. THE
END RESULT WILL BE AN ROADMAP FOR OUR FUTURE—NOT A REPORT THAT
COLLECTS DUST ON A SHELF. AND I INVITE YOU TO HOLD ME
ACCOUNTABLE TO THAT. I SAID EARLIER THAT THE THIRD THING I WOULD SHARE WITH YOU IS
WHY I BELIEVE WE CAN DO THIS. MY CONFIDENCE IS BASED IN PART ON
OUR HISTORY. UNC HAS LONG BEEN ONE OF THE BEST PLACES IN
AMERICA FOR EDUCATING TEACHERS. WE COULD ALSO BE A NATIONAL
MODEL FOR EDUCATING FIRST-GENERATION STUDENTS. THE
RICHNESS OF OUR EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP ONCE
EARNED UNC A REPUTATION AS THE COLUMBIA OF THE WEST. WE COULD
ALSO BE A NATIONAL MODEL FOR DOING MEANINGFUL,
STUDENT-CENTERED RESEARCH. MY CONFIDENCE IS ALSO BASED ON MY
CONVERSATIONS WITH MANY OF YOU. THE URGENCY WITH WHICH YOU
EXPRESS THE NEED FOR CONSTRUCTIVE CHANGE. AND THE
VALUE YOU PLACE ON PERSONALIZED EDUCATION FOR EVERY STUDENT. AS OUR PROVOST APTLY PUT IT,
“…WE DON’T TEACH ‘THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS’ COLLECTIVELY. WE TEACH
EACH STUDENT, MANY TIMES OVER.” SO, I’VE KEPT YOU WAITING UNTIL
THE END. WHAT IS THE STATE OF OUR UNIVERSITY? HOPEFUL.
ENGAGED. COMMITTED. EAGER TO IMPROVE. AND READY TO KEEP
ROWING. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
>>[APPLAUSE]>>THANK YOU. THANK YOU. SO WE
DO HAVE SOME TIME FOR QUESTIONS. IT IS ABOUT 11 O’CLOCK AND I
BELIEVE AFTERWARDS WE WILL HAVE LUNCH OUTSIDE IN THE QUAD,
PICTURE QUAD. ANY QUESTIONS? I CAN READ IT AGAIN, WE HAVE
HALF AN HOUR. >>[LAUGHTER]
>>WE HAVE MICROPHONES IN THE BACK
AND YOU RAISE YOUR HAND WE WILL GIVE YOU A MICROPHONE.
>>MY NAME IS KATE AND I’M A
GRADUATE STUDENT IN THE DIESEL PROGRAM AND I JUST
HAD A QUESTION AND I KNOW THAT THE URGENCY IS DEALING WITH AN
OPERATING BUDGET BUT I WONDERED WHAT ARE SOME OF THE FUTURE
PLANS FOR PHYSICAL PLANT, SPECIFICALLY YOU KNOW SOME OF
THE OLDER THINGS LIKE McKEE WHICH HOUSES THE SCHOOL OF
EDUCATION WHICH IS A PREMIER SCHOOL. THANK YOU.
>>GOOD QUESTION, WE ACTUALLY HAD
THE CAPITAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE HERE LAST WEEK AND
THEY ARE A GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS THAT ACTUALLY RANK, PRIORITIZE,
FUNDING FOR STATE HOLDINGS. LAST YEAR WE HAD AS OUR TOP PRIORITY
REPLACEMENT OF A BOILER FOR THE CAMPUS ABOUT A $3.5 MILLION
PROJECT. IT WAS NOT FUNDED. AND I KNOW THAT IS NOT A
GLAMOROUS THING TO TALK ABOUT BUT CERTAINLY YOU CAN UNDERSTAND
IN THE MIDDLE OF WINTER HERE IF ONE OF OUR BOILERS WERE TO GO
DOWN IT COULD HAVE THE VACANT IMPACTS ON OUR CAMPUS AND THAT
IS ONE THING WE WOULD BE FOCUSING THIS YEAR FOR
IMPROVEMENTS FOR THE STATE AND WE ALSO SHOW THEM FRASIER HALL,
FACILITY AND HOW MANY OF YOU WORK THEM FRASIER HALL? IS THAT
FACILITY UNDER RENOVATION? WHAT DO YOU THINK ? THAT IS A YES, SO THAT IS A
PRIORITY FOR US. OTHER SPACES ACROSS THE CAMPUS AND ALSO NEED
ATTENTION AS FAR AS RESOURCES ARE CONCERNED AND IT IS
130-YEAR-OLD CAMPUS AND WE HAVE SOME BEAUTIFUL BUT THE MATURE
BUILDINGS I THINK THAT IS THE WAY YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO SAY THAT
BUT CERTAINLY FOCUS ON ON THEM BUT OUR PRIORITY THIS YEAR IS
GETTING THE BOILER FUNDED AT $3.5 MILLION PROJECT AND THAT
WILL BE BACK ON THE CDC LIST THIS YEAR BUT THERE ARE OTHER
INITIATIVES THIS YEAR THAT WE WILL FOCUS ON AND I APPRECIATE
YOUR COMMENT ABOUT THE CONCERNS AND CAPITAL EXPENDITURES.
>>RIGHT HERE.
>>MY NAME IS EFREN AND I WORK AT
THAT CULTURAL CENTER AS A GRADUATE STUDENT. THANK YOU FOR MENTIONING
HISPANIC SERVING INSTITUTE IN YOUR SPEECH. I WAS WONDERING
WILL THERE BE IMPLEMENTATION OF INITIATIVES OR RECRUITMENT
EFFORTS TO BECOME HISPANIC SERVING INSTITUTE? OR WILL WE
SLOWLY BECOME A HISPANIC SERVING INSTITUTE OVERTIME?
>>WE ARE GOING TO FOCUS ON BECOMING HISPANIC SERVING
INSTITUTE IN THIS CAMPUS IN FACT YESTERDAY WE MET WITH LLI, THE
LATINO LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE, TALKING ABOUT WAYS IN WHICH WE
CAN CREATE PROGRAMMING TO DISCUSS THE IMPACT OF GROWING
LATIN COMMUNITY AND CAMPUS AND THERE WILL BE MORE DISCUSSIONS
WITH THAT AND I KNOW THAT TOBIAS KATRINA ARE ALSO WORKING ON HS I
STRATEGIC PLAN AND INTERNAL PLAN AND WAYS IN WHICH WE COULD
ACTUALLY ADDRESS IDENTIFYING RESOURCES AND SUPPORT FOR OUR
GROWING LATIN X STUDENT COMMUNITY AND WE
LEARNED YESTERDAY WE COULD BE AS HIGH AS 23 OR 24% LATIN X WHEN
WE HEAR ABOUT THE CENSUS NUMBERS NEXT WEEK AND WE CERTAINLY ARE
AND EMERGING HSI CAMPUS AND I AM FIRMLY AND I BELIEVE IN THE NEXT
SEVERAL YEARS OF NOT SOONER WE WILL BE HSI.
>>I AM SORRY.
>>HELLO. >>HELLO, I HAD A QUESTION ABOUT
DECENTRALIZATION OF THE BUDGET AND IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT
THE COLLEGES ARE GOING TO TAKE ON MORE OF THAT ADMINISTRATIVE
BUDGETING AND MOVING FORWARD AND I WAS CURIOUS HOW YOU ARE
PLANNING TO DISTRIBUTE THE MONEY TO THE VARIOUS COLLEGES
CONSIDERING THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF INEQUITY IN THE PAST IN TERMS
OF HOW COLLEGES RECEIVE FUNDING AND I WAS WONDERING IF SOME OF
THE MODELS THAT THE TASK FORCE HAS PUT TOGETHER LAST YEAR
RELATED TO HOW MUCH MONEY IS SPENT VERSUS HOW MANY IS BEING
BROUGHT IN IN DIFFERENT COLLEGES GOING TO FACTOR INTO THAT
DECISION AT ALL .
>>YES, WE HAVE DONE SOME INITIAL WORK ON UNDERSTANDING
THE WAYS IN WHICH FUNDING IS DISTRIBUTED ON CAMPUS AND THERE
IS MORE TO DO THIS YEAR MICHELLE AND I AND OUR TEAM WILL BE
TALKING ABOUT CREATING A MORE DECENTRALIZED BUDGET AND
DISTRIBUTING SOURCES — RESOURCES TO THE COLLEGE
[INDISCERNIBLE – LOW VOLUME] I DO NOT HAVE MUCH MORE SPECIFICS
ON THAT BUT WE WILL BE REACHING OUT TO THE CAMPUS AND DISCUSSING
AND I HOPE THAT IT WOULD BE EMPOWERING THE DIVISIONS AND
PARTICULARLY THE DEAN’S WITH THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO MAKE GOOD
DECISIONS TO SUPPORT THEIR PROGRAMS AND STUDENTS. AND THEN
ALSO WE WILL HAVE TO LOOK AT HOW RESOURCES ARE DISTRIBUTED
INITIALLY FROM THAT CAMPUS TO THE COLLEGE AND HAVE A LOT OF
HISTORICAL INFORMATION AND WE UNDERSTAND THE EXPENSE
ASSOCIATED WITH RUNNING DIFFERENT COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS
AND DEPARTMENTS AND THAT WILL BE A CONVERSATION WE WILL HAVE TO
HAVE IN THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS.>>THANK YOU.
>>YOU ARE WELCOME. >>MAKE NAME IS LISA HUDSON
DIRECTOR OF SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER HOSTED BY McB
HERE AT UNC AND I HAVE A COMMENT AND NOT A QUESTION . I WORK WITH SMALL BUSINESS
OWNERS EVERY DAY AND WE STARTED ENGAGING THAT WITH STUDENTS HERE
AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN COLORADO AND THEY ARE SO PLEASED
TO WORK WITH THE STUDENTS AND WE HAVE A REALLY GREAT GROUP HERE
SUCH AS KUDOS TO EVERYONE HERE IN THE ROOM THAT SERVES AS
EVIDENCE OR THOSE STUDENTS AND HELP THEM DEVELOP AS WELL AS
ENTREPRENEURS AND BUSINESS LEADERS IN THE COMMUNITY.
>>THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMENTS. >>HELLO, TO CONTINUE YOUR
CONVERSATION ABOUT THE HSI DESIGNATION, I HAVE HEARD YOU
TALK A LOT ABOUT HOW IT — HSI OPENS UP TITLE V FUNDING, DO YOU
HAVE AN EARLY VISION FOR HOW YOU’RE GOING TO USE THOSE FUNDS
TO SUPPORT THE STUDENTS WHO WE SERVE AS HSI?
>>I DO NOT HAVE ANY PLANS
INITIALLY AND THAT IS SOME OF THE WORK THAT TOBIAS AND KATRINE
ARE WORKING ON DEVELOPING AND THAT IS EXACTLY THE KIND OF
HOMEWORK THAT WE NEED TO DO. AND I THINK THERE WILL BE SOME WORK
THAT WILL COME OUT OF THAT SHORTLY. MY HOPE IS OBVIOUSLY
THAT WE IDENTIFY RESOURCES TO HELP OUR STUDENTS SUCCEED
PARTICULARLY

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