April 21, 2011
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Board of Trustees defer name change until 2012 legislative session
The Board of Trustees has voted unanimously to defer seeking legislative action to change Metropolitan State College of Denver’s name to Denver State University until the 2012 legislative session.
The decision was made at a special meeting convened in response to opposition by the University of Denver, which expressed concerns about branding issues among prospective students and the community at large.
It’s important for the public to know that “the alumni, faculty and students are unified in this motion,” said Board Chair Robert Cohen, who said he was proud of the efforts students and alumni had put forth at the capitol and in the community in advocating Denver State University as the new name.
Metro State President Stephen Jordan said that this experience is not atypical of what he regularly experiences at the capitol. “It’s not just about the name change. It’s about the extent to which this institution serves this community” but does not get the same level of support as other institutions.
This decision comes after more than a year of research by the College on the strategic name initiative, and how it could increase the value of the degrees for students and alumni, and eliminate confusion with community colleges, among other goals.
Cohen added, “This experience lifted me up and made me more committed” to the board and its role at the College.”
This afternoon, Jordan will deliver two resolutions adopted today by the board to a Senate confirmation hearing.
The first resolution will officially withdraw the strategic name change initiative from the 2011 legislative session and inform the legislature of the College’s next steps, including convening a board committee to further research the initiative for the 2012 legislative session.
The second, “A Resolution of the Board of Trustees of Metropolitan State College of Denver in Support of its Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Stakeholders,” will highlight Metro State’s role in the Denver metropolitan area, noting that, with more than 24,000 students and nearly 69,000 alumni, Metro State is Colorado’s leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans and that it enrolls the highest number of students of color among four-year colleges in the state.