There were 2,357 responses to the survey from Dec. 20, 2011, through Jan. 27, 2012. Surveys were submitted from individuals in 20 countries and 49 states.
Seventy-eight percent of the respondents selected one of the five names presented on the survey. Of those names, University of Western Colorado had the most votes, with 54 percent, followed by: Western Colorado University (18 percent); Western State Colorado University (17 percent); Western University of Colorado (6 percent); and Colorado Western University (5 percent).
There also was a write-in option, which garnered 22 percent of the total responses. Out of those votes, about one-third voted either for Western State University or Western State University of Colorado. The remaining proportion of “other” votes, or approximately 15 percent of total survey responses, suggested no change or some version of the current name that included the word “college.”
Participants had the option to self-disclose as a member of the following categories: prospective and current students; faculty; staff; alumni; Gunnison Valley resident and other. All categories preferred University of Western Colorado as their top choice among the five names.
The survey results were compiled by Doug Driver, director, Western Office of Institutional Research.