University Strategic Plan

University Mission and Vision Statements



Empowering Students.  Creating Knowledge. 

Engaging Communities.  Shaping Our World.


CSU will be a leading public, urban research university.

We will be an anchor institution, nationally recognized for distinctive scholarship, creative activity, and engaged curricula that create a better life for our students and all citizens.


Relevance: Providing our students with the resources they need to persist and succeed in their career pathways, the community with active citizens, and the region with enriching scholarship and creative activity.

Community engagement: Connecting the university to the larger community through meaningful, mutually beneficial partnerships.

Accessibility and affordability: Providing high-quality, accessible, and affordable educational experiences to a wide spectrum of students.

Inclusive excellence: Ensuring that we are a diverse institution where the collaboration and involvement of all are encouraged, all voices are heard, and all are treated with dignity and respect.

Fiscal responsibility and responsiveness: Being good stewards of public and university resources and anticipating the best ways to deploy them.

Accountability: Being responsible for our words, our actions, and for their consequences.

Freedom of expression: Protecting and championing the right to freely communicate ideas without censorship and to study material as it is written, produced, or stated.