Category Archives: University of Denver

DU Jumps 17 spots to #80 in US News & World Report Annual College Rankings

Many people tend to discount university rankings but they are truly meaningful to students and especially parents when there is a premium to attend top-ranked schools and universities. DU received fantastic news today when it was announced that the University of Denver jumped 17 spots from #97 a year ago to #80 among 400 national universities. Continue reading DU Jumps 17 spots to #80 in US News & World Report Annual College Rankings

Property Crimes on the Rise in University Neighborhood

According to Neighborhood Scout, a comprehensive statistical real estate database,  “with a crime rate of 45 per one thousand residents, Denver has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes – from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One’s chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 22.” Continue reading Property Crimes on the Rise in University Neighborhood

Students Tout DU in Newly Released Princeton Review

As students matriculate back to the DU campus, The Princeton Review released its annual college reviews yesterday. The review does not ‘rank’ universities but rather identifies strengths and captures student feedback. Students were positively quoted regarding academic curriculum, rigor, and quality of faculty. Students spoke positively about the on-campus learning environment, club sports, and social engagement. All this while touting the City of Denver, access to the arts and proximity to the Rockies, and skiing. The upbeat reviews couldn’t have come at a better time as DU continues to grapple with the realities, risks, and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading Students Tout DU in Newly Released Princeton Review

Pioneering Spirit Underpins the University of Denver Community

In these days when the Pioneer nickname is being questioned in a DU brand study as well as around a few leadership circles for its perceived insensitivity to diversity, we should take this time to explore the deeper emotional attachments of how that nickname binds so many of us to our school. Why is the Pioneer nickname so deeply ingrained in the minds and hearts of westerners and, specifically, DU alumni? And were the original ‘Pioneers’ actually much more diverse than some want us to believe? Continue reading Pioneering Spirit Underpins the University of Denver Community

DU Loses Dynamic Leader Joy Burns

Joy Burns, President and CEO of the D.C. Burns Realty and Trust Company and the owner of the former Burnsley Hotel, passed away from a prolonged illness at age 92. Burns was one of the most dynamic contributors of the University of Denver for over 30 years. Originally from Houston, Texas, Burns was married to Frank L. Burns for 39 years. Continue reading DU Loses Dynamic Leader Joy Burns

Former DU Chancellor Ross Pritchard dies at age 95, led DU from 1978-1984

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Ross Pritchard (left) was Chancellor of DU from 1978 to 1984. He is seen here at DU Founder’s Day in 1981, with Walter Koch (Center) and Roger Knight (Right). Photo: Special Collectons, University of Denver

Former University of Denver Chancellor Ross Pritchard has died at age 95, according to an article in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He was DU’s Chancellor from 1978-1984, a term that started well, but ended in disgrace. Continue reading Former DU Chancellor Ross Pritchard dies at age 95, led DU from 1978-1984

All DU Alums and Stakeholders Can Participate in DU’s New Brand Survey

We reported recently here about DU’s new brand survey, which includes a question probing the favorability of the term ‘Pioneers’ as it relates to DU. While our sources indicate DU initially only sent this survey out to 5,000 alumni, the DU Advancement Office has indicated that other voices are acceptable to take the survey, so we’ve included the link below.  Let your voices be heard! Continue reading All DU Alums and Stakeholders Can Participate in DU’s New Brand Survey

DU testing favorability of the term “Pioneers” in new 2020 brand study

The University of Denver is testing favorability of the term “Pioneers” as part of a 2020 brand reputation study.

This is believed to be the very first time that the University has included its own 95-year-old nickname as part of brand testing. It is also interesting that this testing is being carried out in the summer months, during a pandemic and during a time of racial conflict in the country. It’s also not clear who is receiving the survey. Some DU alumni have received it while others have not, and we’re not yet clear on what other audiences are being surveyed as well. Continue reading DU testing favorability of the term “Pioneers” in new 2020 brand study

DU Reveals $45 Million COVID-19 Shortfall, Begins Wielding Budget Axe

DU Chancellor Jeremy Haefner announced in a Community Meeting today that DU has a current budget shortfall of at least $45 million, as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Accordingly, DU will be making some large budget cuts to mitigate the losses, including at least 38 full layoffs announced today, along with 37 more employees who were given extended administrative leave with benefits, along with other across-the-board salary reductions of up to 10% for those earning more than $90,000 annually and other projected administrative savings. Continue reading DU Reveals $45 Million COVID-19 Shortfall, Begins Wielding Budget Axe