Colorado State University—like all colleges and universities—faces difficult decisions and sacrifices. However, President McConnell expressed her optimism in her April 29 message:

“We can leap beyond what is being called ‘the new normal.’ We can become the model of a land-grant university that emerges from the pandemic true to our mission, our values, and our Principles of Community, recognized for developing exciting new approaches to excellent education, research and engagement.”

She laid out the following planning priorities as reflective of the beliefs of the CSU community:

  • Teaching—Excellent, innovative education that is accessible, inclusive, equitable and designed for the success of a diverse student body;
  • Research—Transformative research with impact;
  • Engagement—Purposeful engagement with Colorado communities and beyond to meet community-identified needs;
  • Workforce—Focused recruitment, equity and success of diverse faculty and staff;
  • Finance—Sustainable financial future