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The University of Colorado Board of Regents created a Strategic Vision that outlines the values and aspirations of the University.

To track progress as we pursue this vision, metrics and goals have been developed in four categories:


The metrics and goals will be integrated into the annual budget process and provide CU leadership, students, families and all Coloradans with tools to track annual progress in fulfilling the university’s Strategic Vision.

 


Affordability & Access

CU is committed to being a premier, accessible and transformative public university that provides a quality and affordable education with outstanding teaching, learning, research, service, and health care. Through collaboration, innovation, technology and entrepreneurship, CU will expand student success, diversity and the economic foundation of the State of Colorado.

Metrics with Goals

  • Tuition & Fees  -  Resident Undergraduate tuition plus mandatory fees, assuming 30 credit hours per year
  • Institutional Aid   -  The total dollar amount of financial aid provided to students by CU alone (institutional aid). This advances the Strategic Vision Compass Point "Enhancing Student Experience and Faculty Excellence."
  • Telehealth Interactions  -  Telehealth interactions are provider-to-patient activities conducted through interactive audio and/or video connections and provider-to-provider activities such as e-consults that are conducted on a technology-based platform. This advances the Strategic Vision Compass Point "Promoting Healthy Communities."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Related Metrics

  • Alumni Earnings Compared to Annual Debt Payment Ratio  -  Reported annual earnings of CU graduates (early career - first five years after graduation) compared to average CU student loan debt. This comparison is one way to illustrate whether or not a CU degree has value. This advances the Strategic Vision Compass Point "Enhancing Student Experience and Faculty Excellence."
  • Undergraduate Student Loan Default Rates  -  The percentage of students that fail to make payments on student loan debt.
  • Average Undergraduate Student Debt  -  This metric is based on resident undergraduate student data. Total dollar amount a student owes after completing a bachelor's degree. This advances the Strategic Vision Compass Point "Enhancing Student Experience and Faculty Excellence."
  • Average Cost of Attendance  -  This metric is based on resident undergraduate student data. Average Cost of Attendance (COA) based on resident undergraduates applying for financial aid; Cost of Attendance includes estimated costs including tuition and fees, housing, food, books and miscellaneous expenses.
  • Out-of-Pocket Costs  -  This metric is based on resident undergraduate student data. Out-Of-Pocket costs are estimated using average Cost of Attendance (COA) and subtracting average grant aid (sum of federal, state, institutional aid and other scholarships). Estimates use resident undergraduate students with need applying for financial aid.
  • Percentage of Total Documented Need Covered by Total Aid for Students with Need  -  This metric is based on resident undergraduate student data. Percentage equals total need divided by total aid. Documented need is defined as Cost of Attendance (COA) minus Expected Family Contribution (EFC) when EFC is greater than zero. Total aid (sum of federal, state, institutional aid and other scholarships) as a % of need. No loans included. Income range based on Adjusted Gross Income (AGI). Dataset limited to resident undergraduate students with need applying for financial aid.
  • Total Aid for Students with Documented Need  -  This metric is based on resident undergraduate student data. Average student financial aid package (federal, state, institutional aid and other scholarships) by income range compared to tuition & mandatory fees; Total number of students with need is defined as Cost of Attendance (COA) minus Expected Family Contribution (EFC) being greater than zero; Income range based on Adjusted Gross Income (AGI);
  • High School Concurrent & Dual Enrollment  -  The annual number of high school student taking a college credit course. This advances the Strategic Vision Compass Point "Fostering Collaboration."
  • Pre-Collegiate Development Program  -  The annual number of high school students participating in the CU Pre-Collegiate Development Program serving all four campuses and rural outreach. This advances the Strategic Vision Compass Point "Fostering Collaboration."
  • State Funding  -  State Support includes COF Stipend, Fee for Service Contracts, Tobacco Settlement Funds, Marijuana Tax Cash Fund
  • Patients Served by CU Anschutz Clinical Faculty  -  The annual number of patients being served by CU medical care providers. This advances the Strategic Vision Compass Point "Promoting Healthy Communities."

Goals

CU Boulder Metric 2017 Baseline 2023 Goal
  Institutional Aid--Merit & Need Based (in millions) $142.3 $190.4
UCCS      
  Institutional Aid--Merit & Need Based (in millions) $12.0 $13.4
CU Denver      
  Institutional Aid--Merit & Need Based (in millions) $16.1 $19.2
CU Anschutz      
  Institutional Aid--Merit & Need Based (in millions) $13.7 $14.4
  Telehealth Interactions 347 2,830
Notes: Baseline Graduation Rates based on Fall 2011 cohort; Baseline Retention Rates based on Fall 2016 cohort;

 

CU Boulder Metric 2017 Baseline Goal
  Tuition & Fees $11,531 CPI
UCCS      
  Tuition & Fees $9,863 CPI
CU Denver      
  Tuition & Fees $10,741 CPI
CU Anschutz      
  Tuition & Fees N/A N/A

Student Success

Promoting student retention and completion is the core of the CU mission. Increasing the number of students graduating with credentials is a key priority for the University of Colorado. In addition to encouraging and providing access to the university for all qualified students, each campus promotes activities and services to enhance student learning, increase student development and degree completion.

Metrics with Goals

  • Graduation Rate  -  Percent of students that complete their undergraduate degree within specified time period. This advances the Strategic Vision Compass Point "Enhancing Student Experience and Faculty Excellence."
    • 4-Year
    • 6-Year
  • Freshman Retention Rate  -  Percent of students that return for Sophomore year after completing Freshman year. This advances the Strategic Vision Compass Point "Enhancing Student Experience and Faculty Excellence."
  • Degrees Awarded  -  Number of graduates per year. This advances the Strategic Vision Compass Point "Enhancing Student Experience and Faculty Excellence."

 

 

 

 

Related Metrics

  • Credit Load (Percent Taking 15 Credits in First Term)  -  The number of credits an undergraduate student completes per term. On average, for an undergraduate student to finish in 4 years, starting with no credits, they would need to pursue a degree by taking 15 credits in first term. This advances the Strategic Vision Compass Point "Enhancing Student Experience and Faculty Excellence."
  • Credit Load (Percent Taking 30 Credits in First Year)  -  The number of credits an undergraduate student completes in the first year (fall-spring-summer). On average, for an undergraduate student to finish in 4 years, starting with no credits, they would need to pursue a degree by taking 30 credits in first fiscal year. This advances the Strategic Vision Compass Point "Enhancing Student Experience and Faculty Excellence."

Goals

CU Boulder Metric 2017 Baseline 2023 Goal
  4-Year Graduation Rate 45% 52%
  6-Year Graduation Rate 69% 80%
  Freshman Retention Rate 88% 93%
  Degrees Awarded 7,486 9,000
UCCS      
  4-Year Graduation Rate 23% 27%
  6-Year Graduation Rate 43% 53%
  Freshman Retention Rate 66% 72%
  Degrees Awarded 2,376 2,838
CU Denver      
  4-Year Graduation Rate 23% 27%
  6-Year Graduation Rate 45% 60%
  Freshman Retention Rate 67% 75%
  Degrees Awarded 3,792 4,424
CU Anschutz      
  Graduation (Graduate Students) >95% maintain
  Freshman Retention Rate (Graduate Students) >95% maintain
  Degrees Awarded 1,418 1,482
Notes: Baseline Graduation Rates based on Fall 2011 cohort; Baseline Retention Rates based on Fall 2016 cohort;

Fiscal Sustainability

CU is committed to principles of ethics, integrity, transparency, and accountability. CU strives to be conscientious stewards of the university’s human, physical, and natural resources as well as encourage, honor, and respect teaching, learning, and academic culture.

Metrics with Goals

  • Enrollment (Total FTE)  -  Number of full-time students based on credit hours delivered; Number of full-time undergraduate students (30 credit hours = 1 SFTE); Number of full-time graduate students (24 credit hours = 1 SFTE); This advances the Strategic Vision Compass Point "Enhancing Student Experience and Faculty Excellence."
  • Other Revenue  -  Total Revenue to CU minus state funding and resident UG tuition revenue; This advances the Strategic Vision Compass Point "Enhancing Student Experience and Faculty Excellence."
  • Online Enrollment  -  Unduplicated headcount; Number of individuals enrolled in online courses. This advances the Strategic Vision Compass Point "Bolstering Technological Innovation."
  • Gift Revenue  -  Total amount of funding received from donors to CU; This advances the Strategic Vision Compass Point "Enhancing Student Experience and Faculty Excellence."

 

 

 

 

 

Related Metrics

  • Undergraduate Transfers to CU  -  The number of students that annual transfer into CU. This advances the Strategic Vision Compass Point "Fostering Collaboration."
  • Colorado High School Graduate Population & Percent Directly Enrolling at CU  -  Proxy for the percentage of Colorado high school graduates that enroll at CU. This advances the Strategic Vision Compass Point "Enhancing Student Experience and Faculty Excellence."
  • MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses)  -  The number of MOOC courses offered and enrollments. The number of MOOC courses offered and enrollments. This advances the Strategic Vision Compass Points "Bolstering Technological Innovation" and "Enhancing Student Experience and Faculty Excellence."
  • State Defined General Fund Deferred Maintenance Backlog  -  The dollar amount needed to fully repair and update existing academic buildings and facilities.
  • Deferred Maintenance Campus Spending  -  The annual dollar amount that CU spends on updating and maintaining its existing buildings and facilities.
  • Reserve Ratio - Under Construction
  • Operating Efficiencies  -  The university reports annually on its ongoing efforts to increase efficiency and delivery greater value. These efforts result in savings to students, departments, campuses and employees. This advances the Strategic Vision Compass Points "Bolstering Technological Innovation" and "Enhancing Student Experience and Faculty Excellence."
  • CFI (Composite Financial Index)  -  A financial calculation that demonstrates the institutions financial health and wellbeing.
  • Credit Rating  -  Financial rating that impacts the cost of borrowing money for CU. The better the rating the cheaper it is to borrow.

Goals

CU Boulder Metric 2017 Baseline 2023 Goal
  Total FTE Enrollment 29,321 32,000
  Undergraduate FTE Enrollment 25,332 27,500
  Graduate FTE Enrollment 3,789 4,500
  Other Revenue—no state and no resident UG tuition revenue $1,341.2 $1,902.0
  Online Enrollment (unduplicated headcount) 8,424 11,281
  Gift Revenue (in millions) $132.8 $180.0
UCCS      
  Total FTE Enrollment 9,930 10,724
  Undergraduate FTE Enrollment 8,887 9,598
  Graduate FTE Enrollment 1,043 1,127
  Other Revenue—no state and no resident UG tuition revenue $134.3 $190.0
  Online Enrollment (unduplicated headcount) 6,519 7,040
  Gift Revenue (in millions) $15.0 $25.0
CU Denver      
  Total FTE Enrollment 11,338 12,570
  Undergraduate FTE Enrollment 8,773 9,959
  Graduate FTE Enrollment 2,565 2,611
  Other Revenue—no state and no resident UG tuition revenue $176.0 $216.4
  Online Enrollment (unduplicated headcount) 8,772 17,636
  Gift Revenue (in millions) $19.5 $25.0
CU Anschutz      
  Total FTE Enrollment 5,960 6,258
  Undergraduate FTE Enrollment 599 629
  Graduate FTE Enrollment 5,361 5,629
  Other Revenue—no state and no resident UG tuition revenue $1,641.8 $2,095.4
  Online Enrollment (unduplicated headcount) 1,864 2,397
  Gift Revenue (in millions) $203.0 $220.0

 

Reputation & Impact

Consistent with the mission and responsibilities of the University of Colorado community, the university is committed to providing an environment to ensure the rich interchange of ideas in the pursuit of truth and learning, including diversity of political, geographic, cultural, intellectual, and philosophical perspectives. The following metrics seek to measure how well CU meets the needs of the State of Colorado through work force training, health care, technology and civic literacy.

Metrics with Goals

  • CU Favorability Rating  -  Colorado Poll; This advances the Strategic Vision Compass Point "Enhancing Student Experience and Faculty Excellence."
  • Research Funding  -  Total amount of funding received from CU for research projects; This advances the Strategic Vision Compass Point "Enhancing Student Experience and Faculty Excellence."
  • Economic Impact  -  The University's economic impact on the State of Colorado
  • Patents awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office  -  The number of patents that CU was awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

 

 

 

Related Metrics

  • Alumni Satisfaction Ratings  -  The reported satisfaction of CU graduates from having earned a degree from CU. This advances the Strategic Vision Compass Point "Enhancing Student Experience and Faculty Excellence."
  • Diversity (Students)  -  Percentage Minority, Undergraduate Students; This advances the Strategic Vision Compass Point "Enhancing Student Experience and Faculty Excellence."
  • Diversity (Faculty & Staff)  -  Percentage Minority, Full-Time Instructional Faculty
  • Climate Survey (Students)  -  Under Construction
  • Climate Survey (Staff)  -  Under Construction
  • Programs around Colorado  -  CU offers outreach programs serving Coloradans and their communities. CU works to provide public service, education, health care, community support and cultural engagement to rural and metro communities.

Goals:

System Metric 2017 Baseline 2023 Goal
  CU Favorability Rating 74% 80%
CU Boulder      
  Research Funding (in millions) $507.9 $615.0
  Patents awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 22 40
UCCS      
  Research Funding (in millions) $10.2 $12.0
CU Denver      
  Research Funding (in millions) $25.9 $27.5
CU Anschutz      
  Research Funding (in millions) $490.3 $619.9
  Patents awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 33 43

 

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