More Than Words
The Metro State Strategic Name Change Initiative
Why we pursued a potential name change for Metro State?
Because we educate Colorado. At 46 years of age with nearly 24,000 students, we are the college of choice for one in five undergraduate Coloradans, among them more students of color than any other institution in the state.
Because we are a primary workforce development resource in Colorado. More than 70,500 alumni have graduated from Metro State, 75 percent of whom remain in Colorado, contributing to the state in all sectors of the economy.
Because there is confusion about whether we are a four-year institution or a community college. This is affecting both employers and job seekers. By aligning Metro State’s name with our reality, we can increase the value of our degrees and better brand this institution in the job market.
A name to match our identity
A name that no longer reflects who we are today, our Board of Trustees (BOT) voted in 2010 to study a name-change option. After thoughtful research, there was no doubt about the results: 80 percent of the 9,000 students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members who completed our online survey supported a name change!
After further study, the board voted to change the name of the College to: Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Who are we today?
Although the name-change bill was signed by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on April 18, our new name Metropolitan State University of Denver will not take effect until July 1.
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