Metropolitan State University of Denver is rising on all fronts, not only our facilities—the new Student Success Building and Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center that will greatly enhance the educational experience of our students—but also in other ways:
The Strategic Planning process is also moving forward successfully. A Vision Conference in August and Goals Conference in October helped us gain a greater understanding of MSU Denver’s strengths and weaknesses and allowed us to establish a framework for taking action on our five strategic themes: 1) resources, 2) external relationships, 3) institutional identity, 4) institutional climate and 5) academic excellence.
This has been an incredibly dynamic and collaborative process. We have heard from hundreds of students, faculty, staff members, community leaders and alumni. The Strategic Planning Committee has put in countless hours marshalling this deep, reflective self study that will inform our future for the next five years.
We presented the 2012-2017 strategic plan "A Time of Transformation to the Board of Trustees in April and it was unanimously approved. We begin implementation at the start of our fiscal year, July 1.
It is fitting that we begin the implementation at the same time as we are transformed into Metropolitan State University of Denver. Now the plan is in the hands of our incredibly capable and committed faculty and staff as well as our students, alumni and community partners.
This strategic plan has the imprint of many hands—and it will affect us all—taking this wonderful institution into the year 2017 and the realization of a preferred future.
Stephen M. Jordan, Ph.D.