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New department to offer industry one-stop, express service

MSU Denver will reorganize three units under one umbrella to increase workforce development while rapidly responding to industry needs.

March 9, 2015

In a move that will build upon the University’s success responding to industry needs, the President’s Cabinet approved the creation of a new, soon-to-be-named umbrella department this morning that will house three units — Extended Campus, CAVEA and Launchpad.

“We’re working to reorganize three very important functions of the University into a single unit that allows us to respond very quickly to industry needs while providing our graduates with the best employment opportunities,” said Vice President of Administration, Finance and Facilities Steve Kreidler, who worked in economic development for more than 20 years before entering higher education. “Bringing these three elements of the University together will build upon their great work and make them more powerful as one than they have been separately.”

The idea behind the reorganization is to create a one-stop shopping experience of sorts for potential industry partners. The new department will offer for-credit and not-for-credit educational opportunities via Extended Campus; assistance with critical decisions via CAVEA’s decision-theater capabilities; and the development of private partnerships — as well as a revenue stream for the University — via LaunchPad.

“This move will enable us to have more potent conversations with employers and sectors of the economy, and accelerate our responsiveness in building solutions for business and industry,” said Kreidler. “And, in the long run, we’ll be helping to provide better employment opportunities for our students, which is what it’s really all about.”

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