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From mapping to action: Vision 2010

Original Mappers ReportRoad Mapping at Colorado College: An Updated Mission Statement and a Roadmap for the Future

2006 annual report cover

Click the cover above for the online version of A Report on Colorado College, published March 2006. Check back later for the 2007 annual report.

The 2005 report, a publication that examined the action agenda, Colorado College 2010, is also available.

Projects sparked by Vision 2010 include the State of the Rockies Project, the Partnership for Civic Engagement, the Public Interest Fellowship Program, Western Skies, Cornerstone Arts Initiative and the Long Range Development Plan. Find out how to support these and other worthwhile programs at the college.

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"I challenge you to find ways to make Colorado College -- already a very good enterprise -- even better between now and 2010."


This was President Dick Celeste's charge to a campus group known as the "mappers." For months the mappers, along with trustees, faculty, staff, students, and alumni, explored a long-term vision for the college. At the end of the 2002-03 academic year, they delivered to the president a report that identified key themes and priorities for Colorado College. They also articulated a new mission statement that captures the college's distinguishing characteristics:

At Colorado College, our goal is to provide the finest liberal arts education in the country. Drawing upon the adventurous spirit of the Rocky Mountain West, we challenge students, one course at a time, to develop those habits of intellect and imagination that will prepare them for learning and leadership throughout their lives.

(See the complete statements of mission and core values.)

Over the summer, President Celeste digested the mappers' work. He also read hundreds of pages from books, papers, and past reports on Colorado College. As he reflected on his first year at the college, Celeste was struck by the extraordinary devotion among CC's faculty and students to teaching and learning.

Photo: CC President Richard F. Celeste leads a mapping meeting in spring 2003.In the fall, Celeste presented his vision for 2010 to the CC community. "We need to build on our unique strengths, such as the Block Plan and our location in the Rockies at the gateway to the southwest." He referred to this concept as "the Block and the rock," and set several benchmarks for CC in 2010: The college will become more selective, attracting more diverse and better-prepared students who graduate in four years. It will better recruit and support a more diverse faculty. It will make better use of staff talents and skills. CC alumni will be more involved in the college's mission. The campus will meet this century's priorities while preserving historical traditions.


Celeste organized his action agenda for the future into three overarching themes:

I. Rigorous Intellectual Experience: The mappers assigned a high priority to intellectual engagement and called for "a greater, more outspoken, and constant commitment to the most rigorous academic expectations and standards and to the centrality of intellectual pursuits in the college community." Celeste asked the college to seek a new level of academic rigor "in every academic department, in every course, every block."

II. Diverse Respectful Community: CC will continue to actively promote diversity of backgrounds in all areas and an even more human-friendly environment for teaching, learning, and working. The college will be characterized by respectful interactions, a strong sense of community, and fair, dignified treatment for all.

III. Next-Generation Campus: The college will enhance the physical campus to support curricular, co-curricular, and social aspects of campus life, for today and tomorrow.

"It is not a question of whether we forge ahead on this new course," says President Celeste. "We must, if we aspire to offer the best liberal arts and sciences education in the country."