The regents voted unanimously to approve the update with regents Steve Ludwig, Sue Sharkey and Glen Gallegos each complimenting the plan and the processes used to gather input from faculty, staff and the regents.
“I really appreciated the fact that you had the regents sit down with your various teams,” Ludwig said. “I think that was the most interesting thing that we’ve ever been asked to do when it comes to a campus plan.”
Sharkey complimented the openness of UCCS leadership to discussions about intellectual and political diversity while Regent Glen Gallegos complimented the plan’s focus on southern Colorado and posed questions about graduation rates and total enrollment.
“We’ve moved the needle every cohort group for the last of the five years,” Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak said of graduation rates. “That’s positive. But getting to where I really want to be is as dependent on resources as it is on the quality of students and the support services around them. We need to reduce the amount of time that students need to work per week.”
Shockley-Zalabak said she believes UCCS will have an enrollment between 14,000 and 15,000 students by 2020, figures that were updated from the original plan.
“We expect to be somewhat larger than what you approved in 2012,” Shockley-Zalabak told the regents.
In addition to updating figures for enrollment, construction and finances, the mid-point update expands health and wellness efforts including the Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences and the planned Sports Medicine and Performance Center, projects that were not fully anticipated in the 2012 plan. Additional academic programs as well as additional faculty and staff positions were also added.
An area that was revised downward are targets for enrollment of international students. Shockley-Zalabak explained that internationalization remains a campus goal but enrollment of international students will be lower than anticipated because of global changes. She cited the loss of Brazilian government student support following the country’s economic downturn as an example.
“We still have a global strategy,” Shockley-Zalabak said. “But it’s been adjusted to the world around us.”
A draft of the strategic plan update was emailed to faculty and staff March 15. A final version is available here.