University of Colorado President Elizabeth Hoffman said she received important feedback regarding the perception residents have of the institution during her visit to Moffat County this week.
Hoffman, who was in Craig for the first time as CU president on Tuesday and Wednesday, said she had the opportunity to meet with perspective students, their parents, alumni and representatives of Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig.
"It's absolutely critical," Hoffman said of the community outreach visits. "It has a tremendous impact in recruiting students and makes for much better relations with the community colleges. They know who to call."
Hoffman said the visits give her a chance to address some of the perceptions regarding the university "some of them are 30 years old."
The university president said she wants parents to know that the institution is not tolerating students who participate in riots and couch-burnings that have occurred recently.
Hoffman said parents also have concerns regarding the size of Boulder and its liberal reputation.
During her visit she said she was able to tell students about the opportunities that CU has to offer as well as partnership programs between CNCC and the university to make transitions easier for students.
She also discussed "academic neighborhoods," which are situations in which students live together in small dorms or on one dorm floor and take similar classes. Some of the classes are actually taught in the dorm to give it a smaller-campus feel.
"It was designed to get more rural students to come to CU," Hoffman said.
Hoffman said an interesting trend she is seeing is that more students seem to be attracted to the Colorado Springs campus than the Boulder campus.
The four University of Colorado campuses are located in Boulder, Denver and Colorado Springs, and a Health Sciences Center campus is located in Denver at the former Fitzsimons Army Base in Aurora.
Hoffman said CU is seeing record enrollment, which she attributes to the downturn in the economy and that parents seem to want to keep their children closer to home, especially in light of Sept. 11.
Because of this trend, Hoffman advised students to register as soon as possible.
Moffat County High School Counselor Sandie Johns said on average about 10 to 15 local students apply to the University of Colorado each year, while about five to 10 students a year go to school at one of the four