I@UNC - Innovation @ the University of Northern Colorado

Academic Portfolio1 and Integrated Student Support2 Plans Provost’s Call for Innovation Proposals – 2013 & 2014

Introduction to the I@UNC initiative

Shrinking resources, heightened competition, emerging technologies, evolving fields, new markets, and an expanding array of educational offerings are transforming the landscape in higher education. At the University of Northern Colorado, our challenge is to maintain our long-standing commitment to academic excellence within this entirely new world.
To meet this challenge, our first-rate faculty and staff will be agents of change in designing new responses to this transformed higher education landscape. Individuals, departments and schools, academic programs and other [units] are invited to propose innovative approaches to designing new academic programs, reaching new audiences and implementing innovative technologies and pedagogies, and enhancing degree completion and other indicators of student success.

Scan of the Higher Education Landscape

The purpose of the Innovation at UNC - I@UNC – is to provide faculty and staff the opportunity to explore ideas that will result in the development new academic opportunities addressing the urgent social, political and economic challenges – some of which are presented below - that will offer our current programs to new audiences, that will substantially reimagine our teaching and learning experiences and that will support student success. We have earmarked $1 million that will provide the resources to support significant, substantial and unique approaches that will respond to these opportunities and test the implementation of new ideas.


  1. Overall, the focus of our Academic Portfolio work, as one of our 9 core plans, is to address which programs we offer (undergraduate and graduate degrees, certificates, professional development), how and where we offer those programs (on-campus, off-campus and online), the way we structure the delivery of our programs (traditional semesters, accelerated semesters, evenings, weekends) and to whom (traditional undergraduate students, working adults).
  2. The goal of the Integrated Student Success plan is to identify effective and efficient operations that enhance student success.