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2026 Strategic Plan Summary

After months of planning and shifting priorities due to the global health pandemic, the University's Strategic Plan is in action. Through improved student service, economic impact and oganizational sustainability, here's how we hope MSU Denver will look like in 2026.

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Strategic Plan 2025

If anything were possible, what would you imagine for the future of Metropolitan State University of Denver? 

The goal of MSU Denver’s strategic planning process is to answer that core question and then determine and enact the steps needed to bring our most innovative ideas to life. 

Our inclusive planning process kicked off in January 2019 with a clearly defined timeline. While the global health crisis caused us to hit the pause button, it also allowed the Strategic Planning Team to reframe its work with the post-pandemic landscape in mind.

That work continues this fall with a goal of launching our new plan in January 2021 – a plan that belongs to all of us, as we work together to reimagine the future of our University.

All hands on deck

MSU Denver's future will be shaped by all of us. The Strategic Planning Team – an esteemed group of faculty, staff and students – will guide the process. But this is a true team effort. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and will be carefully reviewed by the SPT.

Strategic planning timeline

Crafting a great strategic plan takes time and effort. By using these steps, stakeholders from across the University will collaborate to help MSU Denver reimagine what is possible in higher education by advancing the lives of students and the state of Colorado.


Phase 1

JAN | FEB | MAR - 2019

Getting Organized >

Phase 2

APR | MAY | JUN | JUL - 2019

Data Gathering and Engagement >

Phase 3

AUG | SEP - 2019

Making Sense of the Issues >

Phase 4

OCT | NOV | DEC - 2019

Vision Building >

Phase 5

JAN | FEB | MAR - 2020

Goals Creation >

Futures Team Pivot

APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG - 2020

Post-Pandemic Scenario Planning >

Phase 6

SEPT | OCT | NOV | DEC - 2020

Strategic Implementation >
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