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Changes to 15 system policies take effect this month

Fifteen system policy changes

The Office of Policy and Efficiency (OPE) has announced changes to 15 administrative policy statements (APS) from the areas of academic affairs, administration and general, fiscal, information technology and human resources – including three policy rescissions, nine policy revisions and three new policies.

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Tech challenges, opportunities come into focus at COLTT Conference

Technology has the potential to transform teaching, creating new models for collaborative learning and increasing access to educational opportunities locally and globally. The CU community is invited to take part in the dialogue on technology’s transformative power and its role in higher education at the Colorado Learning and Teaching with Technology (COLTT) conference, one of [...]

Two-step authorization protects employee information

The University of Colorado Office of Employee Services debuted multi-factor authentication in the CU Resources section of the portal on July 18 to improve protection of stored personal faculty and staff information. With the upgrade, the ability to access W-2 and update direct deposit information was re-enabled. It now takes a password and a phone [...]

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Five questions for Kathleen Bollard

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As the president’s liaison between system administration and the campuses’ faculty, her skillful communication is among the traits that helped her recently earn the Faculty Council’s Leadership in Public Higher Education Award.

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COLTT readies event app for 2014 conference

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The Zerista app will give COLTT attendees the ability to build a custom schedule, search and sort directories of attendees and speakers, engage in social media discussions and direct messaging, and much more.

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Weight Watchers at Work: No judging here

No judging at Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers at Work Meetings Monthly pass + meetings: $17.17 a month Online subscription (no meetings): $7.57 a month Weight Watchers at Work Meetings are open to campuses with at least eight monthly pass holders who commit to regularly attending. If attendance drops below this point, the meetings will be closed. To view your campus’s [...]

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Board approves $3.28 billion operating budget

CU’s contribution to financial aid is greater than the state’s collective financial aid contributions to all higher education institutions.

Social Climate Survey shows many positives, some room for improvement

The University of Colorado has a tolerant, respectful social climate, according to a recent systemwide survey requested by the Board of Regents.

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Board encouraged by diversity strides at CU

The University of Colorado Denver reported to the CU Board of Regents at its June meeting that more than half of its new resident freshmen are a racial/ethnic minority: CU Denver is at 51 percent, UCCS 36 percent and CU-Boulder 29 percent.

Regents roundup

New CU-Boulder college approved, capital construction projects move forward, vice president of advancement named, new chair and vice chair elected, more.

Sharing of better business practices on display at annual expo

CUSP awards

CU Shared Practices (CUSP) held its fourth annual Expo and Awards Ceremony June 13 at 1800 Grant St.

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CU to review retirement plans

CU to review retirement plans

Employee Services is undertaking a study to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the 401(a) and 403(b) savings plans, which have not been extensively reviewed in more than 20 years.

Employee feedback helps improve Benefits Enrollment tool

Employee feedback helps improve Benefits Enrollment tool

Work is underway to develop CU’s Benefits Enrollment tool for year-round use, which will accommodate employees with major life events.

Board of Regents meeting coverage

CU Connections will be updated with meeting coverage through the end of this week.

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Update: Social climate survey shows many positives, some room for improvement

The University of Colorado has a tolerant, respectful social climate, according to a recent systemwide survey requested by the Board of Regents, though some areas present opportunities for improvement.

Kutner named chief medical officer of UCH

Jean Kutner, head of the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Division of General Internal Medicine, will become University Hospital’s first chief medical officer beginning July 1. Kutner is a nationally recognized leader in geriatric medicine and palliative care and co-chairs the Palliative Care Research Cooperative (PCRC) Group, a National Institutes of Health-funded consortium that [...]

Board approves $3.28 billion operating budget

The CU Board of Regents on Friday approved a $3.28 billion operating budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year (FY); CU’s operating budget for the 2013-14 FY was $3.04 billion.

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Lee honored for leadership

Terry Lee, assistant vice president and chief risk officer for the University of Colorado system, recently received the RMI Leadership Award, an honor that is given to an individual who has been instrumental in the success of the Risk Management and Insurance (RMI) Program. Lee, who has been associated with the RMI Program from its [...]

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Update your phone numbers in my.cu.edu before security upgrade

More than 17,500 University of Colorado faculty and staff have verified their phone numbers using the pop-up window in the CU Resources area of my.cu.edu. The university is asking employees who haven’t yet done so to update their information as soon as possible. Later this summer, the university will roll out Duo Security’s multi-factor authentication [...]

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Garage plan gets mixed reviews from regents committee

CU-Boulder underground parking garage plan

The $24.8 million project was advanced by the committee to the full board, along with all other capital projects proposed by all the campuses in their two-year and five-year plans. Regents will consider the proposals at the board’s June 26-27 meeting at CU Denver.

Bollard continuing as VP for academic affairs

Kathleen Bollard will remain as the vice president for academic affairs in system administration after President Bruce Benson asked her to take on a modified role rather than return to teaching and research full time, which she originally planned.

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Advancement structure undergoing changes as vice president departs

The evolution of CU’s fundraising operations continued this month with changes to reporting structure at campuses and system administration, as well as the departure of the vice president for advancement.

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Kansas paycard program offers good case study for CU

Kansas paycard program offers good case study for CU

If the idea of CU abandoning paper payroll checks for paycards alarms you, just look to the state’s neighbor to the east for reassurance of just how useful the university’s new payment type can be.

What to do before new portal security tools debut this summer

The University of Colorado is poised to implement a tool that will strengthen security of personal information in the employee portal. Later this summer, the university will roll out Duo Security’s multi-factor authentication tool, which uses a phone number to verify an employee’s identity. How it works: When employees log in using their password and [...]

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PERA demystifies your retirement plan this June

If you’re among the 7,000 or so CU employees who have a pension plan through the Public Employees’ Retirement Association, your retirement planning likely revolves around a set of tables. There are seven tables, to be exact, and each helps answer a key question: When can I, as a PERA member, expect to retire? That’s [...]

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University Controller hosts CPE instructor appreciation event

The CU system Office of University Controller recently hosted an appreciation event for instructors in its Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Program. The program provides free CPE credit to the university’s Certified Public Accountants, as well as those with certain other certifications. It also offers no-cost professional development and training to employees who are not CPAs. [...]

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Connections begins summer publication schedule today

Even if you’ll be away from your campus for any of this summer, you can stay up to date on happenings across the University of Colorado system by connecting with CU Connections. The Connections summer schedule begins today, as we shift to biweekly publication. No new issues are scheduled to appear on the following dates [...]

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Tuition, technology policies undergo changes

Tuition, technology policies

A much-discussed policy at the University of Colorado that deals with tuition benefits at each campus currently is under review and the University of Colorado Staff Council examined suggested changes during its meeting on May 15 at the Anschutz Medical Campus.

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Anseth group receives patent

A research group led by Kristi Anseth – Distinguished Professor and Tisone Professor of chemical and biological engineering (ChBE) as well as associate faculty director of the Colorado Initiative in Molecular Biotechnology/BioFrontiers Institute – recently received a patent for a technique to create highly customizable hydrogel materials, which can be used in many biomedical applications [...]

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Annual Heritage Society luncheon attracts record attendance

More than 125 University of Colorado donors, staff, and other key individuals (including three CU regents) attended a Heritage Society luncheon Friday, May 16, at the Denver Country Club. The annual luncheon honors individuals who have made a planned gift commitment to the university. President Bruce Benson spoke to attendees for 30 minutes about some [...]

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