Mesa State….What??

Apr 8th @ 11:06 am in News by Scott Staley

GRAND JUNCTION – Six of the possible name changes for Mesa State College have the word West or Western in them, which highly upsets Western State College in Gunnison. The Daily Sentinel says on March 18th, Western State adopted a resolution opposing any Colorado college using the terms western or west in their name.  Unfortunately, Mesa can use the name Western if they so choose.
Source: Daily Sentinel


((Previously Posted April 1, 2011 @ 5:44a)) 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


((Previously Posted March 17, 2011 @ 6:36a)) Mesa State College is currently taking input from students regarding a possible name change for the school.  The school tells NBC 11 News that in Colorado they have a brand awareness of 90%, but out of the state that number was in single digits. In a survey, some people thought the college was in Arizona.  Additionally, the college looked at 79 other schools across the country it competes with for students, 74 of them had university in their name. Officials say they have a list of about 50 to 60 potential names. If the board gives them the go ahead to move forward, they plan to release that list and see which names get the best response. Any name change would ultimately have to be approved by the Colorado General Assembly.
Source: NBC 11 News