Discovering Denver

MSU Denver

The exchange team and Erin, one of their student guides at MSU Denver


Shared campus at Denver

Yesterday’s stop on the AMOSSHE / NAPSA exchange tour was Denver, where the University of Colorado, Denver, MSU Denver and the Community College of Denver share a campus.

Here are some key things the team learned in Denver.

Title IX

US universities must work within a piece of legislation developed to tackle sexual discrimination and promote gender equality on campus. Title IX is a federal mandate barring the discrimination of anyone in an educational setting based on their gender. It requires universities to have a procedure for investigating allegations of sexual discrimination, sexual harassment, violence and stalking, alongside any police investigations with a view to establishing whether the student code of conduct has been broken and to take any necessary action. University investigations must be complete inside 60 days, regardless of the progress of the police investigation.

Behavioural Intervention Teams

The exchange team have heard a couple of times about behavioural intervention teams. These teams seem to be common in US universities and adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to identifying and supporting students at risk. They meet weekly, have case conference discussions and oversee any support packages which have been put in place.

Data analytics

Having a data manager in the Student Services team seems common in US universities. Considering a range of student data from the beginning to the end of the student journey and using a range of methods such as data analysis and customer journey mapping, their aim is to identify the real lived experience of the student, through moments of truth and impacts on the student or the university. Ultimately they look to identify opportunities to improve all of their student support services, which can be evidenced by sound data, thereby supporting and strengthening any budgetary requests.

More about CU Denver

CU Denver

The exchange team with CU Denver colleagues

The University of Colorado, Denver (CU Denver) is a diverse teaching and learning community that creates, discovers and applies knowledge to improve the health and wellbeing of Colorado and the world. The CU Denver campus is located in downtown Denver, and was founded in 1912 as an extension to the Boulder campus. It gained independence in 1973.

In summer 2004, the University of Colorado Board of Regents voted to combine the Anschutz Medical Campus with its Denver campus. The impetus was the university’s vision of creating a “21st Century” university that facilitates multidisciplinary learning and research and focuses on excellence in urban research and in health sciences care and research. In 2009, after reviewing the progress of the consolidation, the Regents voted unanimously to affirm its decision to consolidate the two campuses under the name University of Colorado Denver.

CU Denver has eight schools and colleges and 90 degree programs, and awards more master’s degrees than any other public institution in the state. CU Denver offers students extensive business, professional and cultural opportunities. Anschutz integrates patient care, research and education in one of the nation’s newest health sciences cities.

University wide, awards to students for academic excellence include seven Marshall Scholarships, 79 Fulbright Fellowships, 19 Rhodes Scholars, nine Truman Scholarships, 27 Goldwater Scholarships and seven Udall Scholarships.

Student life

CU Denver

CU Denver mascot

Campus life Student Services provides a load of different services both at Denver and Anschutz.

At CU Denver the Office of Student Life promotes student growth through involvement and leadership. Services include a Womens’ Resource Centre, Careers, peer mentoring, and Spring Fling and Fall Fest  – “signature events showcasing student clubs and offices, and businesses from Denver and the surrounding area”.

At CU Anschutz, the Office of Campus Student Services shares some services with CU Denver, including Accommodation, Student Services and Disability Resources. Anschutz also has a Health and Wellness centre.

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