MSC Asks Stakeholders to Rank Potential New Names

Apr 1st @ 5:44 am in News by Scott Staley

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GRAND JUNCTION – Mesa State College today released the results of a survey designed to gauge support of students, alumni, faculty and staff for a change to university status and a change in name. At the same time, MSC officials released a new survey listing 20 potential names for the institution.

“Based on the feedback we’ve received in small group meetings, our prior survey and even our tele-townhall meeting, the overwhelming majority of our stakeholders believe the time is right for us to change our name in order to better communicate who we are, what we do and where we’re located,” Mesa State President Tim Foster said.

The community survey which launched today will be distributed to students, alumni, faculty and staff and will ask respondents to indicate their level of preference for each of the 20 possible names.  Members of the community are encouraged to participate in the survey by clicking on: or calling the Mesa State College Alumni office at 970-248-1525 for a hard copy.

The list of possible names includes suggestions made in the first survey as well as names suggested by students, alumni, faculty, staff and members of the community. Some examples include: Colorado Canyons University, Colorado West University, Colorado Mesa University, University of Western Colorado and Mesa University of Western Colorado.

The first survey ran from March 8-25 and had more than 2,600 respondents. It asked students, alumni, faculty and staff whether they strongly agreed, agreed, disagreed or strongly disagreed with 16 statements. The statements included, “The word ‘University’ has more prestige than the word ‘College’.”, and “Mesa State College should consider a name change.”

Highlights of the results include:

  • 92.1% of respondents indicate that the word “University” has more prestige than “College.”
  • 94.6% said a university can remain committed to teaching.
  • 77.3% believe a university can have small class sizes.
  • 90.9% of these stakeholders would like to have the Maverick remain as the mascot.
  • 80.6% believe that Mesa State should consider a name change.

For more information about Mesa State College’s Strategic Name Change Project, visit: or to view graphs that illustrate the results of the previous survey, go to