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April 7 Board of Regents Roundup: Compensation Increase Planned for January 2023, Climate Survey Dashboard Live, and More 

April 12, 2022

On April 7, the University of Colorado Board of Regents voted on several matters that impact students, faculty, and staff. Regent actions included approving salary increases for faculty, university staff and classified staff for calendar year 2023 and tuition and student fee increases for the upcoming academic year; approving three new CU Denver degree programs and one department; and officially recognizing April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Compensation Increase Effective January 2023 

University of Colorado Acting CFO Chad Marturano asked the Regents to consider three resolutions: compensation increases effective January 2023 and tuition and student fee increases for academic year 2022-23.

To ensure the university’s competitive position in market and attract and retain faculty and staff, Regents approved a planned 3% compensation pool for university staff and faculty to be awarded based on merit in January 2023. The Regents also approved a planned 3% across-the-board salary increase for classified staff on July 1, 2022 and revised pay ranges for selective job classifications. “We have to do everything we can to keep our employees here,” said Regent Jack Kroll. “I push all of us and administration to do more.”

For fall 2022, CU Denver is projecting an enrollment decline of 1.3%, though Marturano pointed out that the university is one of few in the state expecting a graduate student enrollment increase of 1.7 percent. Tuition revenue represents roughly 70% of CU Denver’s $234 million operating budget. To keep up with increased operating costs, including employee salaries and benefits, Marturano presented a 2% tuition increase.  The increase in total cost including tuition and mandatory fees for a full-time undergraduate resident student will be 1.9%.

Campus & Workplace Culture Survey Dashboard Now Live

Members from the CU Denver Climate and Workplace Culture Steering Committee shared a summary of their findings from the Fall 2021 Campus & Workplace Culture Survey. The presentation took a high-level look at sense of belonging, sexual harassment, and discrimination data from the survey, with each topic presented for faculty, staff, and students. In addition, survey data is now available to the campus community in a virtual, interactive dashboard. Campus community members are encouraged to explore areas of interest to them. 

Interdisciplinary BS Degree in Data Science Soft Launches Fall 2022 

The increasing need for data science skills spans many fields, including climate and the environment, medicine, national security, manufacturing, and more. To keep up with industry trends, the Regents approved a new interdisciplinary BS in data science degree, which will launch in the fall 2022 semester. Collaboratively developed by the College of Engineering, Design and Computing, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Business School, the degree will increase the diversity of students pursuing careers in data science by providing a more accessible, broadly applicable, learner-centered education that aligns with employer needs, according to the degree proposal.

MBA Degree Splits into Separate MBA and Health MBA Degrees

CU Denver’s Business School currently offers five MBA programs under the umbrella of one degree. The Regents approved establishing two of these programs as separate and distinct degrees, which, according to the resolution’s proposal, strengthen degree marketability; increase responsiveness and flexibility for each student profile; better align learning structures with program outcomes; and address the lack of clarity that exists within the Business School in faculty governance over the different MBA programs.

Ethnic Studies Program Officially Becomes a Department

The College of Liberal Arts and Science’s Ethnic Studies program has existed as a primary unit within the College of Liberal Arts and Science, though the operating budget is similar to other departments in the college. The Regents heard a proposal to recognize this program as an official department, which offers a BA in Ethnic Studies and a minor in Ethnic Studies. 

University of Colorado Recognizes April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month

The Regents approved a resolution presented by Regent Ilana Spiegel that states the University of Colorado will recognize April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Spiegel said the resolution demonstrates the university’s commitment to ongoing efforts to combat sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, and other forms of gender-based discrimination, and to continued used of evidence-based strategies that allow victims to continue their education and pursue their degrees.

“I look forward to working on future resolutions with our shared governance groups to explore the possibilities and create something that does not currently exist in higher education settings,” Spiegel said.