Courageous Strategic Transformation
Joyce McConnell

From the President

Our world is increasingly connected and rapidly changing, presenting daunting challenges and incredible opportunities to those willing to lead. I am grateful and proud that the people of Colorado State University—our students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, and partners—have never been faint of heart. Instead, we have the courage and conviction our world needs and we’re forging a bold, trailblazing path—one that requires an equally bold action plan.

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. - Anais Inn

Below we outline the strategic imperatives that we identified as a university community. We challenge ourselves to build operational excellence, foster the well-being and success of people, embrace purposeful innovation at our core, and amplify our positive impact on all those we serve. For us to accomplish these lofty ambitions, we need to simultaneously pair our strategic priorities with operational processes that enable success and a culture that champions it. Together we can achieve this Courageous Strategic Transformation we’ve collectively crafted.

Homecoming and Family Weekend football game
Aerial view of Laurel Village Pavilion, residence halls
Professor of Clinical Sciences sits and works with Golden Retriever
Fall Reflection event on the West Lawn of the Lory Student Center
American Flag hangs over steps of the Administration Building


It is crucial to point out the history of the university and provide context and acknowledgment of our place in history. Colorado State University is a public, land-grant university designated by the state of Colorado to receive the benefits of the federal Morrill Land-Grant Act of 1862, which established the initial land-grant colleges to “teach such branches of learning as are related to agriculture and the mechanic arts” without excluding “other scientific and classical studies.”

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