Series of campus forums to explore CU funding

CU Advocates program aims to raises awareness of challenges facing state, university

The CU Advocates program on Wednesday launched a series of Funding in Focus education forums continuing through the spring.

More than 70 people attended the hourlong program at UCCS to learn about funding trends for public higher education, how the university spends a state dollar, how CU is doing what it can to be efficient and affordable, and the fiscal outlook for the state and the campus.

The education forums, planned for each campus and then at locations across the state, aim to help build a network of informed CU constituents. Those who attend will be better prepared to promote the university’s educational, research and economic contributions, as well as raise awareness about the state’s and CU’s funding challenges.

“We want people to leave with information that will help them influence public opinion about CU and higher education,” said Michele McKinney, advocacy and external affairs director. “This is important because the value of public education in Colorado is not a self-evident truth, and it will take all of us to continuously demonstrate the evidence of the value CU brings to this state and beyond.”

CU Advocacy Funding in Focus events are free and open to the public. The schedule of upcoming forums:

  • CU-Boulder
    4 p.m.-6 p.m. March 12
    Program: 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
    Reception: 5 p.m.-6 p.m.
    University Memorial Center
    Glenn Miller Ballroom
  • Anschutz Medical Campus
    11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 10
    Registration and lunch: 11:30 a.m.-noon
    Program: Noon-1 p.m.
    Research Center 2
    Trivisible Room, Second Floor
  • CU Denver
    11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. May 3
    Registration and lunch: 11:30 a.m.-noon
    Program: Noon-1 p.m.
    Business School, 1475 Lawrence St.
    4500 Classroom
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