Institutional Planning & Priorities

Following the derivation of the mission vision values statements for the consolidated university, multiple working groups were formed to derive the initial strategic plan for the university that was approved by the Board of Regents in 2008.

CU Denver

Upon coming into her role as CU Denver’s new chancellor in January 2016, Dorothy Horrell launched the Reach Out and Listen Tour to begin understanding the university’s impact and potential. Each stop provided key groups—including students, faculty, staff, alumni, as well as supporters, friends, and community members—an opportunity for open discussion about CU Denver’s strengths, challenges, and potential. The campus community was also invited to submit an online questionnaire. By the tour’s end, the chancellor had met with over 1,000 people and solicited some 5,000 comments.

Chancellor Horrell used what she learned on the tour to inform the development of a shared direction for C​​U Denver that is both aspirational and strategic, building on the past and looking to the​​future. She shared this, as well as priorities that emerged from the tour, in a September 2016 Campus Forum.

​Chancellor Dorothy Horrell has established five strategic priorities to guide CU Denver's ongoing success. Through these priorities, CU Denver aims to be widely recognized as a distinctive asset in the Denver metropolitan area based on quality academics, highly-recognized research and creative work, a diverse and inclusive culture, and impactful civic engagement. 

  1. ​​Elevate student success through increased enrollment, retention and graduation rates.
  2. Advance scholarly excellence and innovation in teaching, research and creative work.
  3. Strengthen our position and impact as a vital community asset.​
  4. ​Create a more cohesive, collaborative and inclusive culture​.​
  5. Achieve long-term financial sustainability​ and stability.​

Faculty, staff and students across the campus have been working on various aspects of these priorities since they were first set in fall 2016. Learn about progress on each priority by clicking on the links above.​  In fall 2018, the chancellor shared progress on the strategic priorities in her annual State of the Campus ​​Address​​.​

CU Anschutz

Donald M. Elliman, Jr. became interim chancellor for the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus in 2012 and chancellor in 2013. He assumed responsibility exclusively for the CU Anschutz Medical Campus in 2014. 

 Chancellor Elliman has set the following goals for the campus: to provide the finest medical care in the world, to push the science behind that care to new horizons, and to train those who will deliver that care in the future. He has established strategic priorities toward achieving these goals. 

  1. Invest in clinical excellence.
  2. Increase and diversify research funding.
  3. Invest in innovation.
  4. Significantly escalate our work in mental health and wellness.
  5. Increase regional and national marketing efforts.

For more information on Chancellor Elliman's strategic priorities visit here.

University of Colorado

In July 2019 Mark Kennedy began his tenure as the president of the University of Colorado and upon his arrival began conversations with the Board of Regents, the faculty, students and staff, campus chancellors and their teams, and with the broader CU community about strategic planning.  In Fall 2019, President Kennedy initiated a strategic planning process further details of which can be found here.