As Regent, I will:
Build up our students, not our stadiums. The recent football stadium renovation and expansion has cost nearly $160-million, which is more than what the university spent on financial aid across all four campuses last year.
Take care of our adjunct faculty, not take advantage of them. As Colorado's third largest employer, with over 30,000 employees, CU must stand up for the rights of all employees.
Enhance opportunities for underrepresented students on all four campuses. As Assistant Directors of Admission for CU Boulder my fiancé and I work everyday to bring students form all walks of life to CU. Working along side Vanessa, who is the top admission officer for recruiting underrepresented students, we have helped increase the total number of freshman students from communities of color by 30%. We know what works and we know what work still needs to be done to make our campuses welcoming communities to all.
Serve veterans: The current G.I. Bill is the most comprehensive educational benefit program since World War II, yet too many of our veterans are being preyed upon by the for-profit college industry—saddling our vets with debt, a low quality education, and bleak job prospects. The CU system must do more to serve the men and women who have served our country. (See my blog for a more in-depth analysis)
Invest in CU Denver by bolstering its unique position to lead the education evolution in the 21st century. As President of the CU Denver Alumni Association, I know that this university has the potential to be an even greater leader in our community. 80% of the nation's college students attend an urban commuter school like CU Denver--it is time we became a leader in innovating the way a college education will be delivered in the 21st century
Invest in research: The CU system brings over billions of dollars in research funding every year, much of which comes from the federal government. This research brings moneys to the state that would otherwise go elsewhere; as such, it allows CU to be an economic engine for our state and we must continue to invest in a robust research and technology transfer infrastructure.