Rallying to find new seats and courses
We’re off to a strong start in the fall semester in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Projecting the number of new students who will enroll once being accepted is an imprecise science, as we have recently been reminded. This summer, we experienced larger-than-expected enrollment that came to light as several hundred unanticipated students either matriculated or returned to the college.
Our faculty members rallied to increase the number of available seats and courses, particularly in the social sciences. We are pleased with the teamwork of our faculty in responding to the challenge, and we are gratified that a CU education remains in high demand.
We are also pleased to be welcoming 53 new members of the faculty this fall.
Annual giving to the Dean’s Fund for Excellence reached an all-time high last fiscal year, totaling more than $400,000. These dollars fund about two-dozen activities that support or recognize staff, faculty and student scholarship.
Total giving to the college, meanwhile, was a respectable $7.5 million. To augment that support, we’ve initiated a Dean’s Leadership Society, which will include donors who give $1,000 or more during a fiscal year.
Membership will include public recognition of donors, special communications from me and special invitations to Leadership Society events. (For more information, contact Teresa Chamberland at the CU Foundation, 303-541-1445 or email@example.com.)
While we have much to celebrate, it is worth noting that the budget of the state of Colorado has been weakened by the sagging economy. In the future, we may face further funding reductions.
Meantime, I hope you enjoy the fall edition of Colorado Arts & Sciences magazine. This is our fourth quarterly edition, and, as always, we welcome your feedback (write to firstname.lastname@example.org). Thank you for your continued friendship and support.
Todd T. Gleeson