CSU Global, the First and Only Fully Online State University, Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

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A Pioneer in Non-Profit Online Education, CSU Global Remains a Leading Innovator Serving Nontraditional Students

Greenwood Village, CO (Thursday, August 24)- Colorado State University Global (CSU Global), the premier provider of innovative, higher learning opportunities for nontraditional students in Colorado and beyond, is commemorating its 10-year anniversary as a leading online state university.

CSU Global was created by the Colorado State University System Board of Governors in 2007 as the first independent and entirely online state university in the United States with a mission to serve nontraditional adult learners. There are more than 44 million adults across the U.S. who have completed some college education, but do not hold bachelor’s degrees (2015 data, American Community Survey, U.S. Census). In 2007 it was a newer model for higher education; and further unique as a state university that doesn’t receive state appropriations. After paying back its origination loan from the CSU System in 2011, the university has continued to be self-sufficient and financially sustainable.

In its first academic term in September of 2008, CSU Global enrolled 208 students. Ten years later, CSU Global has more than 10,000 alumni and has 18,000 students currently enrolled. These students, enrolled in bachelor’s and master’s degrees, certificate programs, and as lifelong learners, reside in every U.S. state and territory and over 50 countries around the world. CSU Global is one of the fastest growing universities in the nation due to its focus on providing career relevant education for modern learners.

Dr. Becky Takeda-Tinker, president and CEO of CSU Global said, “We are extremely proud of what we have built at CSU Global. We are driven every single day by our mission to provide working adults with a top quality, affordable, higher education that delivers a significant return on investment in terms of outcomes for our students.”

Tony Frank, Colorado State University President and System Chancellor said, “I remember well the very first conversations we had about creating CSU Global more than a decade ago, but I don’t think anyone at that table could have envisioned how fully and well the university has grown under the extraordinary leadership of Becky Takeda-Tinker and our Board of Governors. With the Board’s tireless support, Becky and her team have built an institution that stands apart in the online educational marketplace because of its academic quality, professionalism, and unflinching commitment to students. Our CSU Global graduates are the finest testament to the success of the institution, and those alumni are undoubtedly celebrating with us on this milestone anniversary.”

Takeda-Tinker continued, “With a decade of leadership in online education, our model emphasizes individualized support for our students from registration to graduation, absolute transparency in costs and fees including guaranteed tuition and pay-as-you-go pricing, and developing skilled, motivated, and dynamic employees. Our data-driven approach, which includes tracking alumni salaries and employer satisfaction with our hired graduates, ensures we measure our performance based on our student’s workplace success and our ability to meet the needs of industry.”

Jane Robbe Rhodes, Colorado State University Board of Governors Member and Treasurer said, “In ten years CSU Global has provided a unique educational opportunity that has changed the lives of its many graduates. It has been thrilling to attend commencement and to see the joy and accomplishment on the faces of the graduates. Many CSU Global students are working adults and they value their new degree in a special way because of the work and life experiences they’ve had. Congratulations to the education pioneers who created CSU Global, my sincere thanks to those who steward the university, and my best to the students who have benefitted from this tremendous educational resource.”

Takeda-Tinker concluded, “Higher education has changed dramatically over the past 10 years, driven by increases in tuition, fees, and student loans; changes in public and marketplace perception; and the dynamic education landscape supported by advancements in learning technology. Looking forward, I am confident in CSU Global’s ability to adapt and to thrive as we continue to provide expert support to our students as they navigate some of life’s most important professional and personal transitions. We have been committed to providing online education with integrity since the beginning, and we are completely focused on supporting our students and alumni to achieve their goals into the future.”

About Colorado State University Global

Colorado State University Global (CSU Global) offers career relevant bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for working adults and nontraditional learners. As the first and only 100% online, fully accredited public university in the United States, CSU Global is focused on student success as its number one priority. Embracing the land grant heritage as part of the Colorado State University System, CSU Global sets the standard for quality and innovation in higher education through its expert faculty who are recognized as industry leaders and trained in working with adults in an online learning environment. CSU Global offers a streamlined enrollment process with accelerated eight week courses that start every four weeks. Visit CSUGlobal.edu or call 1-800-920-6723 for more information.

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