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Guiding Principles


President’s Charge

To create the 2013-2016 CSU-Pueblo Strategic Plan (“Plan”) focusing on “student success” as the overarching theme, with goals that will improve student recruitment, retention, and graduation rates during the next three years, and help prepare the university for accreditation reaffirmation in 2016-2017 with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.  It is expected that the Plan will be finalized sometime in May 2013.

Guiding Principles of the Strategic Planning Process

The CSU-Pueblo mission and upcoming accreditation will be central in the process

The university’s statutory mission as a “regional, comprehensive university with moderately selective admission standards, offering baccalaureate programs with a strong professional focus and a firm grounding in the liberal arts and sciences, and with a limited number of graduate programs…" will guide and inform the strategic planning effort.
In addition, the Colorado State University System’s mission for CSU-Pueblo will be prioritized
“Colorado State University-Pueblo is committed to excellence, setting the standard for regional comprehensive universities in teaching, research, and service by providing leadership and access for its region, while maintaining its commitment to diversity”.


The success of students will be paramount

Only those initiatives determined to be most integral to the achievement of student success will be included in the Plan.

The process will be data-driven, the outcomes measurable and impactful

Measurable and realistic goals will be established that will tangibly impact student success, along with benchmarks to measure progress towards achieving those goals.


The Plan will be fiscally manageable and accountable

Of central consideration will be the correlation between the Plan’s goals, the university’s budget, and the optimal allocation/alignment of the university’s resources to accomplish the Plan.


The process will be transparent and collaborative

In keeping with the university’s commitment to shared governance, the input of individuals and stakeholder groups will be sought to bring multiple perspectives to the process.

The Task Force work will be characterized by respect and collegiality

Each person’s viewpoint will be valued as the Task Force works collaboratively in the spirit of shared responsibility for the process and the outcome.