University of Denver Magazine
Office of the Chancellor
Dear Readers: We begin this new academic year with great pride in the University and optimism or the days that lie ahead. Despitethe nation’s continuing economic troubles, DU has remained strong and is opening the year with the largest and mostcapable class o incoming rst-year students we have seen in many years. More than 1,200 new rst-year, rst-timeundergraduates are expected to arrive, and they will bring with them extraordinary academic credentials, with nearlyhal ranked in the top 10 percent o their high school class. The proportion o domestic minority students amongthe entering class will reach a new high o 18 percent, and more than 5 percent will be rom countries other than theUnited States. Enrollments among our graduate and proessional schools are expected to be up as well, and persistence amongcontinuing students remains strong. All together, anticipated enrollment this all o undergraduates, graduate studentsand “pre-collegiate” students at DU (students in the English Language Center and kids in the Fisher and Ricks centers)is about 12,000—our largest enrollment since the post-World War II era. We’ll have a ew more students than we had planned or, but I am very pleased with these results. We have remainedcompetitive—even as an expensive private institution in a very bad economy—because o the clear value o the studentexperience at DU. Although we have grown to be a doctoral-level research university o national distinction, we haveheld on to our student ocus. Faculty members at DU are nationally and internationally competitive scholars, but ourproessional lives still revolve around our students and the quality o their experience at the University. Our studentsare priority No. 1, and that can be unusual among universities these days. We are constantly making choices about how to concentrate our resources in a manner that builds the quality o oureducational programs as dened by outcomes or students: the knowledge and abilities they gain, and their intellectualand personal growth. In recent years we added the elements o the undergraduate Marsico Initiative—at an annualcost o more than $4.5 million—and developed the Cherrington Global Scholars study-abroad program at a cost thatexceeds $10 million per year. We developed dual-degree programs that continue undergraduate nancial aid through ath year and a master’s degree. We’ve made major investments in our programs or students who are extraordinarilytalented athletes, artists or musicians. For graduate students, we’ve added a host o new aculty members and programsin law, business, international studies, social work, education, proessional psychology and the arts and sciences, and we’ve expanded our research capabilities. DU is an innovative and entrepreneurial institution, and we are continuallygenerating ideas and creating programs in search o academic quality or our students.The other side o the value proposition is the cost to students and their amilies. We work hard to make DU aordableor a broad range o students through nancial aid. More than three-quarters o our students receive some measure o nancial aid that comes rom both internal and external sources. External sources include ederal and state unds as wellas support rom oundations. Internal sources include discounted tuition, scholarships supported by our endowment,and new scholarship gits to the University. We make a great eort to raise money every year, with the bulk o theseunds providing nancial aid or students or nancial support or aculty. Over the past three years, we’ve been able tosubstantially increase our nancial aid unds or new and continuing students, and this year we also increased our undor emergency nancial aid. Access to the DU experience or capable students is broadening, even in a tight economy.I am convinced we are doing well because we are ocused on the value o what we provide or our students, andbecause we work hard to make that value aordable or them and their amilies. As an institution, we are committedto our students’ success. In turn, we are blessed with alumni who are committed to the success o the University. That’show higher education really should work.
Ofce o the Chancellor
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