Academic Master Plan

Achieving Strategic Academic Innovation

The Academic Master Plan (AMP) process has been focused on identifying and articulating the distinctive knowledge and skills that Colorado State University students will need in the future, and projecting areas of academic growth for our programs, research, and engagement activities over the next 5-10 years.

Through the AMP Advisory Committee, Planning Team, and broad engagement with representatives from colleges, departments, centers and institutes, we have been working since Summer 2021 to identify campus-wide themes and strategies for Colorado State University’s academic innovation. This includes assessing how the results of research, engagement and scholarship can prepare students for impactful careers across all disciplines, helping to solve society’s greatest challenges and advancing the well-being of the human community.

The final 2022-2026 Strategic Plan for Colorado State University was shared with the campus community in March 2022. It lays the groundwork for carrying CSU forward to build on the future of our institution, students, community, and planet. AMP aligns with that roadmap and represents a major component of CSU’s strategic plan implementation.

Contact the AMP Planning Team:
If you have ideas, questions, or feedback about CSU’s Academic Master Plan, please click here: contact the AMP Planning Team. The official May 18, 2022, deadline has passed for providing feedback that will be considered for the drafting phase, but we will continue to review and archive feedback submitted.


Interim Provost Janice Nerger and the AMP Implementation Team presented an overeview of the current AMP draft report to more than 130 CSU leaders at the President’s Fall Forum on September 14, 2022. This four-page overview of the report was shared:  AMP Draft Plan Overview – September 2022

The final report will be shared with the campus community later in the Fall 2022 semester, and as implementation gets underway.

AMP Update to Campus on May 12, 2022.

Two SOURCE stories were published (April 11, 2022) providing information about the AMP process and outcomes:

On behalf of the Office of the Provost, the Planning Team and Advisory Committee, we thank the campus community for their participation and input in this year-long process. The process has been led by Dr. Linda Nagel, AMP Advisory Committee Chair, and Dr. Linda Dalton, a national expert in leading institutions of higher education through strategic and academic master planning processes.

As a part of the AMP work, the Provost established a lead Planning Committee (small group planning and facilitating the entire process) and an Advisory Committee with broad representation from across the entire University. These groups met regularly during the 2021-2022 academic year to guide the AMP process.

Phases & Timeline

Where we are now in the AMP process

Phase Three: Draft AMP with Aspirations & Strategies & implementation framework. how do we monitor progress?
  • Present interim reports for review by campus community
  • Refine as draft Academic Master Plan for Achieving Strategic Academic Innovation
  • Establish measurable goals and targets for academic programs, research and engagement

Emerging Trends & Themes 

Phase Two of Colorado State University’s Academic Master Plan (AMP) focused on demographic trends and opportunities for education, research, creative artistry, and community engagement at a forum on February 11, 2022.  The four topics below, which emerged from discussions in this forum, underscore the importance of reciprocal relationships supporting education, research, creative artistry, and community engagement to the future of CSU.  More Details can be found below in the AMP Phase Two Report.

Emerging Trends

  • CSU’s Value Propositions
  • Demographics & Education
  • Institutional Strategies for Change
  • Research, Creative Artistry, Community Engagement & Education

Emerging Themes

February forum discussions highlighted important attributes of interdisciplinarity, collaboration, and the seven AMP themes below (originally identified during Phase One) were developed further.

Please note: Themes are listed alphabetically and are not ordered to indicate prioritization:

  • Arts & Culture
  • Data Analytics
  • Inclusive Excellence
  • One Health
  • Public Discourse & Democratic Institutions 
  • Sustainability & Community Resilience
  • Technological Innovation

Resources, Templates & Planning Documents

Phases Two and Three
Recommended Readings
Phase One 
About Academic Master Planning
Data Resources
Societal Trends
Future of Higher Education

AMP Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee’s role has been to listen and learn from AMP participant workshops and meetings, and then help to develop an innovative strategic report on the academic direction for CSU into the future.

  • Jennifer Aberle, Associate Dean, College of Health & Human Sciences
  • Brandon Bernier, Vice President for Information Technology
  • Amy Charkowski, Professor & Department Head, Bioagricultural Sciences & Pest Management
  • Kauline Cipriani, Vice President for Inclusive Excellence
  • Dierdre Cook, Principal, Poudre School District
  • David Dandy, Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering
  • Nancy Deller, Interim Associate Vice President, University MarComm
  • Catherine DiCesare, Associate Professor, Art & Art History
  • Sue Doe, Professor (English) and Faculty Council Chair
  • Jody Donovan, Dean of Students
  • Andrea Duffy, Assistant Vice Provost, Office of the Provost & Executive Vice President
  • Sam Halabi, Senior Associate Vice President for Health Policy & Ethics
  • Roze Hentschell, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts
  • Chad Hoseth, Assistant Vice Provost for International Affairs
  • Meggan Houlihan, Assistant Professor, Libraries
  • Sue James, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs (Ex Officio Member)
  • Kelly Long, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs (Ex Officio Member)
  • Brandon Lowry, Student, Biomedical Sciences and ASCSU Director of Academics
  • Linda Nagel, Advisory Committee Chair, Professor & Department Head, Forest & Rangeland Stewardship
  • Shrideep Pallickara, Professor, Computer Science
  • Sandra Quackenbush, Associate Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
  • Monique Rocca, Associate Dean, Warner College of Natural Resources
  • Lindsey Shirley, Assistant Vice President, CSU Extension
  • Beth Walker, Dean, College of Business
  • Lindsay Winkenbach, Ph.D. Candidate, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology/College of Natural Sciences; Co-President, Graduate Student Council

AMP Planning Team

  • Jenelle Beavers, Vice President for Strategy
  • Linda Dalton, Dalton Education Associates, AMP Planning Consultant
  • Andrea Duffy, Assistant Vice Provost
  • Kathy DuQuoin, Executive Assistant, Office of the Provost & Executive Vice President
  • Pam Jackson, Associate Vice Provost for Communications
  • Laura Jensen, Vice Provost for Planning & Effectiveness
  • Linda Nagel, Planning Team Chair, Professor & Department Head, Forest & Rangeland Stewardship

AMP Implementation Team

  • Linda Dalton, Dalton Education Associates, AMP Planning Consultant
  • David Dandy, Professor and Department Head, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Andrea Duffy, Assistant Vice Provost
  • Pam Jackson, Associate Vice Provost for Communications
  • Sue James, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
  • Laura Jensen, Vice Provost for Planning & Effectiveness
  • David McLean, Dean of the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering
  • Scott Shrake, Assistant Vice President for Strategy