DENVER and AURORA, Colo. – Faculty at both the Anschutz Medical Campus and the Denver Campus gathered today via teleconference for an annual joint Faculty Assembly meeting.

Attending at the Anschutz Medical Campus location, Chancellor Don Elliman talked about the “paucity of resources on the ground.” He acknowledged the specifics for each campus may vary, but that conversations are ongoing so “we are looking at if we have the right resources in the right places.”

Lilly Marks, vice president of health affairs and executive vice chancellor of the Anschutz Medical Campus, also spoke to the current demands and requirements for resources. “It is the responsibility of leadership to be cost conscience and lean, but when you get so lean there’s also the risk of not meeting regulations (particularly in the health sciences program environment).”

According to Marks, meetings to discuss and set priorities for the health sciences programs have been happening with more coming up. “Overall, at the Anschutz Medical Campus we are devoted to looking at how we work together to better serve the state as that is one role of the campus.”

“Branding of the two campuses is critical,” Elliman said. “We will start with the Denver Campus where we know our priority is to appeal to students.” To that end, Elliman said a significant marketing effort has begun with a survey just distributed that will be used to inform our efforts this fall.

“We are a little further behind with marketing for the Anschutz Medical Campus,” noted Elliman. To move forward without taking away from the already established efforts of our partners there, “we need to build a coalition of the willing” (referring to University of Colorado Hospital, Children’s Hospital Colorado and University Physicians, Inc.).

Those attending also got an overview of progress from the CU System Director of the University Policy Office Dan Montez regarding work to clarify and simplify university-wide policies. Since the efficiency project began in 2008, Montez said several hundred duplicate and out-dated policies have been eliminated. “Now, we’re hearing about processes such as Jobs at CU and InfoEd that need a closer look for the sake of efficiency.”

When the teleconferenced portion of the meeting concluded, faculty at each assembly discussed campus-specific matters.

At the Denver Campus meeting, Chair Robert Flanagan, Architecture and Planning, noted that the next meeting would be under the leadership of incoming Chair Joanne Addison, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Members thanked and applauded Flanagan for his service.

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