Poll shows support for changing name of Mesa State College

A little more than 80 percent of the Mesa State College students, alumni and employees and community members who participated in a survey said the college should consider changing its name.

College officials who released results of the 16-question survey Thursday also launched a new survey asking stakeholders to indicate their level of preference for 20 potential names.

The names are:

Colorado Canyons University.

Colorado Canyonlands University.

Colorado Grand University.

Colorado Grand Mesa University.

Colorado Mesa University.

Colorado Monument University.

Colorado Rivers University.

Colorado West University.

Colorado Western University.

Grand Junction University.

Mesa State University.

Mesa University of Colorado.

Mesa University of Western Colorado.

Mountain Colorado University.

Rocky Mountain University.

University of Grand Junction.

University of Western Colorado.

West Colorado University.

Western Colorado University.

Western Rockies University.

The survey also allows participants to suggest a different name.

The college will distribute the survey to students, alumni, faculty and staff. It’s also encouraging members of the community to participate by logging on to http://www.mesastate.edu/namesurvey or calling the college’s Alumni Office at 970-248-1525 to obtain a hard copy.

The survey will be open through mid-April. The results and top name choices will be presented to the Mesa State Board of Trustees on April 26, when the board is expected to vote on the new name.

College officials say the Mavericks will remain as the mascot.

Feedback provided in the recently completed survey, along with small group meetings and a telephone-town-hall meeting, revealed broad backing for change to university status and a change in name, Mesa State President Tim Foster said.

“I think it was surprising how consistent the comments were. It mirrors what we’ve been hearing, which is, ‘When are you guys going to do this?’ ” Foster said.

He said the strength of the support for the name change is important because “you want to have it be pretty overwhelming or you don’t want to (change the name).”

More than 2,600 people responded to the first survey, which ran from March 8 to 25. Highlights of the responses include:

85 percent agreed a school with the word university in its name has more value in recruiting students than a school with the word college in its name.

81 percent agreed a degree from a university has more value in the job market than a degree from a college.

77 percent agreed a university can still be committed to small class sizes.

To see the results of the previous survey, visit http://www.mesastate.edu/namechange/documents/surveyresults.pdf.



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