University of Colorado Denver students will have no or a modest tuition increase next school year, and the university is launching a scholarship fundraising campaign and a new student success initiative.

Dorothy Horrell
Chancellor Dorothy Horrell

Those were the main topics at the April 19 Campus Conversation, the latest in a series of informal events during which students, faculty and staff can talk with the chancellor and senior CU Denver leaders. More than 60 people attended the latest meeting to receive updates about major initiatives, ask questions and share their perspective.

Tuition increase

Chancellor Dorothy Horrell said that after careful consideration, CU Denver has decided to increase tuition for the 2017-18 school year. Undergraduate in-state students will see their tuition go up 3.18 percent, and tuition for out-of-state undergraduates will go up 3 percent. There will be no change for graduate students.

CU Denver leadership decided on the amount of the increase after balancing students’ financial concerns and CU Denver’s priorities and needs.

“This is a strategic decision that we made knowing that a lot of our students have a challenge keeping up with the increasing costs,” Horrell said. “There’s a tradeoff between investing and making sure we maintain the quality of our educational programs and services, balancing affordability and access.”

“At this point, it appears that our tuition increases will be among the lowest in the state,” Horrell said.

Student success

Student success remains a priority for CU Denver, and Horrell and Provost Roderick Nairn discussed what the university is doing to make sure students get the support they need to continue their studies and complete their degrees.

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Nairn has been meeting over the past several months with the Educational Advisory Board, and that relationship has yielded the Student Success Partnership. The partnership will bring together several ongoing student success initiatives as well as possibly create new programs, Nairn said. It is likely to be a multiyear project. A steering committee met for the first time in mid-April, and it will make recommendations about what programs to prioritize and support.

Meanwhile, the new Student Success Campus Project, which is a related program, is picking up steam. It will collect and analyze data to predict student performance and help identify which students need extra support. More information will be available over the summer, and it should be available to help student advisors by the start of the fall semester.

Scholarship fund

CU Denver is in the early stages of developing a fundraising campaign for student scholarships. Vice Chancellor for Advancement Andrea Wagner said more scholarship money will be critical to the success of CU Denver.

A steering committee is being formed with a cross-section of students, faculty and staff representing every school and college. The first issues they will tackle are: campaign fundraising goals, the timeline and scholarship priorities, including boosting the scholarship endowment.

“We have to be clear about what we’re going to focus on, and what’s going to be the best for CU Denver and CU Denver students,” Wagner said.

After the strategic direction is set, the campaign’s leaders will reach out to everyone in the university community to raise awareness and make the campaign a success.

“It’s really important that this campaign belongs to all of us,” Wagner said. “We all have to do this together.”

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