Polices that Guide Campus Strategic Planning

Strategic planning at Western is guided by Colorado statute and policies as well as Board policies. The Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE) is charged with establishing planning processes that are necessary “to accomplish system wide goals of high quality, access, diversity, efficiency and accountability” (C.R.S. 23-1-108) and to “review and approve master planning and program planning for all capital construction projects of institutions of higher education.”

CCHE policies on academic planning (Section I.O) and facility master planning (Section III.D) outline institutional requirements related to planning. Board policy (Trustee Policy Manual Section 5.1 Academic Planning) further specifies that the College is required to develop,for Board approval, an academic master plan that “should reflect State and Board goals and priorities as well as institutional goals and priorities.”


Strategic planning at Western is essential as the College strengthens its ability to fulfill its statutory role and mission and it's institutional mission:

Statutory Role and Mission (from Colorado Revised Statutes)

23-56-101. College established - role and mission. There is hereby established a college at Gunnison, which shall be known as Western State Colorado University. Western State Colorado University shall be a general baccalaureate institution with moderately selective admission standards. Western State Colorado University shall offer undergraduate liberal arts and sciences,teacher preparation, and business degree programs and a limited number of graduate programs. Western State Colorado University shall also serve as a regional education provider.

Institutional Mission

Western State Colorado University fulfills its statutory mission by promoting intellectual maturity and personal growth in its students and graduates citizens prepared to assume constructive roles in local, national, and global communities. Western helps its students to develop the skills and commitments needed to continue learning for the rest of their lives and strives to elucidate the connections unifying academic domains which have traditionally existed separately: the sciences, the liberal arts, and professional programs. The College provides students with a solid foundation of skills in written and spoken communication,problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity. Our programs encourage a breadth and depth of knowledge, which will serve as a foundation for a professional career or graduate study, and an appreciation of values appropriate to a liberally educated individual. Western’s distinctive character emerges from its unity among academic and professional disciplines, its high standards of scholarship, and its unique environment in the mountains of western Colorado.


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