Transformative Directions

In September 2015—during her inaugural address—Chancellor Rebecca Chopp shared a vision for the University of Denver. That vision—encapsulated in a draft plan called DU IMPACT 2025—stems from a process called Transformative Directions.

In December 2014, Chancellor Chopp and Provost Gregg Kvistad convened a 27-member advisory group, divided into three working groups, charged with consulting broadly within the DU and Denver community. The working groups used the winter and spring quarters to hold hundreds of group meetings and interviews. In the process, encouraged community members to think big and Imagine DU in 2025 and beyond.

The working groups focused on three overlapping areas:

  1. Knowledge: What is the shape of knowledge in the 21st century, and how will our scholarship, practices of teaching and learning, and our institutional structures support it?
  2. Student Experience: How does education in and out of the classroom need to be shaped to support the needs and aspirations of 21st-century students and their workplaces and communities?
  3. Denver and Beyond: What should our relationship to Denver look like for the 21st century?

Woven into the work of all three working groups are the principles of Inclusive Excellence.

Each working group was given the following charge:

Your charge is to apply your own knowledge of higher education and the University of Denver, consider existing research and resources, consult broadly in our community and discern what you hear to identify one to two transformative directions (per working group) that would, if developed, contribute significantly to the University’s mission and strength. These directions should be visionary but also pragmatic, speaking to the needs of students and society by expanding current expressions of our mission.

As you move forward, your working group should truly engage community members around the questions you are exploring. Engaging our community and benefiting from the collective creativity of its members are critical aspects of this work.

In addition, each working group’s process should include opportunities for members of the DU community to convene in various venues and formats through events and other activities that reach out broadly to the constituencies that can and should inform your thinking. Ideally, these conversations will include voices that may not be routinely represented in campus conversations.

Investigating the current landscape could be another important part of your work. This might include peer studies, scans, visits to other universities and/or Denver partners and the like.

Transformative Directions Advisory Group

  • Rebecca Chopp, Chancellor, Chair
  • Gregg Kvistad, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, Vice-Chair
  • Nancy Allen, Dean of University Libraries
  • Sharon Alvarez, Koch Chair in Entrepreneurship, Daniels College of Business
  • Kimberly Bender, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Social Work
  • Kevin Carroll, Vice Chancellor for Marketing and Communications
  • Erica Chenoweth, Associate Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies
  • Douglas Clements, Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning, Executive Director, Marsico Institute, Morgridge College of Education
  • Anne DePrince, Professor of Psychology and Director, Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning
  • David Greenberg, Vice Chancellor for Institutional Partnerships
  • Hayden Johnson, Undergraduate Student Government President
  • Art Jones, Faculty Senate President, Clinical Professor of Culture & Psychology and Associate Dean, Colorado Women’s College
  • Jennifer Karas, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Academic Programs
  • Marty Katz, Dean, Sturm College of Law
  • Andrei Kutateladze, Dean, Natural Sciences & Mathematics
  • Niki Latino, Executive Director, Academic Resources, Student Life
  • Corinne Lengsfeld, Associate Provost for Research
  • Scott Leutenegger, Professor, Computer Science, Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science
  • Danny McIntosh, Dean, Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Linda Olson, Senior Lecturer, Director, Pioneer Leadership Program
  • Jonathan Pinckney, Graduate Ph.D. Student, Josef Korbel School of International Studies
  • Miriam Tapia Salinas, Executive Director, Diversity Enrollment & Community Partnerships
  • Susan Schulten, Professor and Chair, History, Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Shelly Smith-Acuna, Dean, Graduate School of Professional Psychology
  • Frank Tuitt, Associate Provost for Inclusive Excellence, and Associate Professor, Morgridge College of Education
  • Gina Johnson, Executive Director, Office of Institutional Reseach
  • Julia McGahey, Senior Associate Provost, Budget, Planning & Analysis
  • Ed Rowe, Director for Projects and Planning, Office of the Chancellor