Office of Academic Affairs

The University of Colorado System Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) provides leadership and support for the pursuit of excellence in teaching, learning, research, creative work and service by advancing the academic agendas of CU’s campuses, upholding the principles of academic freedom, and fostering a diverse and inclusive community.

OAA Primary Functions

Reporting & Highlights
OAA produces reports on a wide range of academic, programmatic, diversity, and student affairs topics.  In addition, OAA authors issues of Academic Affairs Highlights, which focus on a variety of subjects related to the academic mission of the University of Colorado.

Awards & Grants
OAA coordinates the President’s grants and awards honoring outstanding faculty, staff and students throughout the CU System for achievements in diversity, the humanities, and community service.  

Faculty Success
OAA collaborates with faculty governance groups on system-wide faculty issues while providing guidance for all faculty members through the faculty handbook.

OAA supports the University of Colorado’s diversity initiatives and advances university goals for inclusive excellence.

Digital Education and Engagement
OAA works with colleagues across the system to establish national leadership for CU in the areas of teaching and learning with technology, online education, massive open online courses (MOOCs), access to higher education, and student success. 

P-20 Initiatives
Support for P-20 initiatives includes K-12 outreach efforts, system scholarships, and CU’s Pre-Collegiate Development Programs

Academic Policy
OAA acts as the system liaison to the Colorado Department of Higher Education and the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. In addition, OAA manages and reviews systemwide academic policies and ensures that all university stakeholder groups are consulted in the process.

CU for Colorado Website
The CU for Colorado website, curated by the Office of Academic Affairs and University Relations, highlights CU’s statewide impact and ongoing community outreach throughout the state.

Executive MBA Program
The Office of Academic Affairs provides coordination and support for the multi-campus CU Executive MBA Program.