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 establishingplanning processes that are necessary “to accomplish system wide goals of highquality, access, diversity, efficiency and accountability” (C.R.S. 23-1-108) andto “review and approve master planning and program planning for all capitalconstruction projects of institutions of higher education.”

CCHE policies onacademic 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 itsinstitutional mission:

StatutoryRole 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 college ofColorado. Western state college of Colorado shall be a general baccalaureateinstitution with moderately selective admission standards. Western statecollege of Colorado shall offer undergraduate liberal arts and sciences,teacher preparation, and business degree programs and a limited number ofgraduate programs. Western state college of Colorado shall also serve as aregional education provider.


WesternState College of Colorado fulfills its statutory mission by promoting intellectualmaturity and personal growth in its students and graduates citizens prepared toassume constructive roles in local, national, and global communities. Westernhelps its students to develop the skills and commitments needed to continuelearning for the rest of their lives and strives to elucidate the connectionsunifying academic domains which have traditionally existed separately: thesciences, the liberal arts, and professional programs. The College providesstudents with a solid foundation of skills in written and spoken communication,problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity. Our programs encourage abreadth and depth of knowledge, which will serve as a foundation for aprofessional career or graduate study, and an appreciation of valuesappropriate to a liberally educated individual. Western’s distinctive characteremerges from its unity among academic and professional disciplines, its highstandards of scholarship, and its unique environment in the mountains ofwestern Colorado.


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