February 24, 2016
CU Denver Professor Callie Rennison
Callie Rennison, PhD, is a professor in the School of Public Affairs and director of the Master of Criminal Justice program.

To me, learn with purpose demonstrates the collaborative relationship between our students and the university, and how we both have responsibilities.

Our students are great about coming to CU Denver with a sense of purpose. They also demonstrate a strong desire to work with the university to fine-tune their goals.

Obviously, the faculty and staff at CU Denver are here to help students achieve the purpose they’ve identified for themselves. Part of that work is providing the substantive knowledge that students need to achieve their goals. Also, the university is here to help students develop their critical thinking, writing, oral presentation and personal interaction skills. All of those, regardless of their substantive knowledge area, help students become well-rounded and better prepared to launch their careers.

So learn with purpose also means mentoring with purpose. We help students learn the knowledge and skills they’ll need in their discipline, but we also mentor them about general qualities they’ll need in the workplace.

Guest contributor: Callie Rennison, PhD, is a professor in the School of Public Affairs and Master of Criminal Justice program director.

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