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Forum on draft CSU System strategic plan April 13

April 12, 2010

As part of the CSU System strategic planning process, Chancellor Joe Blake will hold a stakeholder forum today on campus to present and discuss the draft plan. The session is scheduled at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, in the Cherokee Park Room, Lory Student Center.

Review online, submit comments

The draft System strategic plan and an online form for comments are available at

Stakeholders who are unable to attend the forums are welcome to review it online and submit comments.

President Frank joins Chancellor

The draft CSU System Strategic Plan also includes action steps and metrics for the CSU campuses, which complement those goals and metrics in the University’s own strategic plan. President Frank will join the Chancellor at the forum to help review the campus-related action steps and metrics.

Following the open forums held at all three System campuses, Chancellor Blake will present the plan to the CSU System Board of Governors at its May 5, 2010, meeting for review with a recommendation that the Board adopt the plan.

Highlights of the plan, not including the campus action steps and metrics, are below.

CSU System
Building a Strong Colorado - draft plan


The Colorado State University System exists to support, enhance, and protect the unique missions of its constituent institutions and to encourage collaboration that benefits students and Colorado.


The Colorado State University System will create the financial sustainability to fulfill its mission, while expanding its statewide presence and creating opportunities for building a stronger future for Colorado.

The Colorado State University System expects the actions of all those within the system to reflect the following values:

  • A passion for excellence and a commitment to continuous quality improvement.
  • A willingness to collaborate and work with others in an environment of respect and trust.
  • A commitment to open communication, ethical conduct, and full accountability.
  • A loyalty to the mission, with a specific emphasis on meeting student needs.
  • An appreciation for diversity and inclusiveness.
  • A willingness to be entrepreneurial and opportunistic while consistently demonstrating fiscal responsibility and resourcefulness.


The Colorado State University System will enable and empower its institutions to improve the success and satisfaction of students through initiatives, collaborations, and accountability measures that add value for students as measured by:

  • Retention rates and persistence to degree
  • Graduation rates
  • Learning increases (critical thinking skills and disciplinary knowledge)
  • Increased student engagement and satisfaction
  • Post graduate success
  • Student loan debt load

In each of the above areas, each institution within the Colorado State University System will be above peer averages, will be in the top quartile of its peers in at least three categories and will close the achievement gap among student demographic group. The System will also expect and will measure collaborations among CSU System campuses that directly benefit students.


The Colorado State University System will provide financial sustainability on behalf of its institutions through two approaches: creative revisions of the existing financial model and experiments to discover a new financial model. The creative revisions will result in revenues exceeding expenses by 3% by 2015 on the CSU System consolidated financial statement for reinvestment in strategic priorities. The financial model experiments will be aimed at finding a model that increases student learning productivity while decreasing the instructional cost per student.


The Colorado State University System will expand its statewide presence by significantly increasing the number and impact of mutually beneficial formal partnerships with communities in Colorado. These outreach efforts will include CSU System initiatives aimed at increasing the percentage of students who participate in higher education and increasing the proportion who choose to enroll in one or more of the CSU System institutions.


The Colorado State University System will transform Colorado’s future through innovative and collaborative community development initiatives in every county. These initiatives will include a focus on targeted and measurable job creation, growth, and retention; on increasing the number of applied research activities impacting the quality of life for Coloradans in specific areas of expertise; on increasing the number of technology transfer and business incubator agreements; and on increasing the pipeline of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) students from K-12 into a CSU System institutions, with a special emphasis on first-generation college students.