Launched in 2007, CSU-Global is the first statutorily-defined, non-profit, online state university in the U.S. From its first class of 200 students in 2008, CSU-Global has graduated over 10,000 students, and has a current student population of 18,000.
Originally funded with a loan from the Colorado State University Board of Governors, CSU-Global quickly obtained accreditation and was legally sanctioned as an independent university on March 18, 2009, when Colorado’s Governor Ritter signed Senate Bill 09-086, declaring CSU–Global Campus an online university within the Colorado State University System — not simply an extension of the CSU bricks-and-mortar campuses. On July 1, 2010, the CSU System formally appointed Dr. Becky Takeda-Tinker as CSU-Global’s first official president and CEO. On May 16, 2016, the Institutional Actions Council of the Higher Learning Commission granted Colorado State University-Global Campus full accreditation through 2025-26.
In recognition of the growing needs of nontraditional learners, CSU-Global has spent the last decade innovating and refining digital education practices to ensure that the same rigorous academic standards found at traditional colleges and universities are observed in CSU-Global’s online classrooms.
CSU-Global has also innovated career-specific degree and certificate programs designed to help working adults stay on-point with fast-changing industry trends. By partnering with business and thought leaders, CSU-Global continually strives to stay ahead of business trends and practices in multiple fields.
CSU System Board of Governors grants $12 million loan for the creation of CSU-Global.
CSU-Global commences its first academic term with 208 students.
Following its CSU-Global site visit, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) grants extended accreditation from CSU-Fort Collins graduate degrees and CSU-Pueblo undergraduate degrees.
State of Colorado Senate Bill 09-086 approved recognizing CSU-Global as a separate entity with statutory authority.
CSU-Global confers degree to its first class of graduates (14).
CSU-Global reports its first round of learning outcome data with 72% of CSU-Global learning outcomes are met at the 85th percentile.
The CSU System formally appoints Dr. Becky Takeda-Tinker as CSU-Global’s first official president.
CSU-Global holds its first independent graduation ceremony.
CSU-Global completes the approval process to offer online education in all U.S. states.
The university receives unanimous approval of House Bill 12-1220 to allow the university to have its own governance, student and faculty representation on the Board of Governors, and its own statute separate from the CSU System in the same manner as CSU-Fort Collins and CSU-Pueblo.
CSU-Global completes the repayment of its originating loan with interest to the CSU System.
CSU-Global hosts its first open house for leaders of the American Legion, local military base education offices, and military students.
The university formally launches its competency based education program to reduce cost and time-to-completion for its bachelor’s degree students.
CSU-Global enrollment reaches 15,000 active students.
CSU-Global business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
CSU-Global receives reaffirmation of accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission through the 2025-2026 academic year.