When we were named a Top 20 entrepreneurial university by Forbes late in the summer it was fitting, as we apply our entrepreneurial spirit to innovative programs that support our students.

The success of our university begins with the success of our students. We have established several new programs to support students and help them graduate in timely fashion. First, we are instituting a centralized campuswide advising system that will enable students to change majors or colleges more readily and stay on track with their education.

In addition, evening advising is now available at Norlin Library Monday through Thursday. This after-hours opportunity proved immensely popular with students in its debut last semester.

New freshmen are joining an exciting, vibrant community with students from all over the world and CU-Boulder faculty are deeply committed to making their freshman year a success through our Faculty-Student Mentorship Program which is entering its second year.

We also are employing a web-based software to evaluate first-year students' math skills so they can determine which math-based classes are a good match for them, whether it's chemistry, physics, economics or any math-related course.

CU-LEAD Alliance supports students of color and first-generation students with academic communities within each school and college. These learning communities build camaraderie and promote success.

There's no point in being one of the nation's top entrepreneurial universities if we don't use our environment of innovation to support our students. Students are society's greatest assets and I cannot think of a job more important than educating, inspiring, challenging and supporting them.

Sincerely,


Philip P. DiStefano, Chancellor
University of Colorado Boulder