U.S. News and World Report ranked Colorado State University in the top tier of best universities in the nation in the 2011 "America's Best Colleges" edition released last month..
The annual report listed Colorado State in the top tier of public and private doctoral universities, ranking the University 60 among public universities, up from 64 last year. The University ranked 124 overall, up from 128 last year. A complete list of rankings and methodologies can be found at usnews.com.
“At CSU, we’re focused on providing an excellent, affordable education and cutting-edge research that advances society,” said Tony Frank, president of Colorado State. “To the extent that any rankings system recognizes that we’re successful in meeting these goals, we appreciate it. And in light of the enormous funding challenges that Colorado higher education has been dealing with the past three years, I think this can be viewed as a great tribute to the quality and dedication of our faculty, who continue to excel in terms of achievement, productivity, and commitment to our students.”
In 2007, the most current ranking, the report ranked the veterinary medicine program in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences second in the nation among America's best graduate schools. CVMBS also leads all other schools of its kind in external research funding.
The Colorado State University System Board of Governors approved last month a resolution outlining a detailed transition plan regarding CSU–Pueblo President Joseph Garcia’s status with the University, in light of Garcia’s decision to be the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor with gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper.
Garcia will continue his duties as president until Sept. 10, 2010, and will pursue his candidacy on his personal time or by taking annual leave as necessary. After Sept. 10, Garcia will be temporarily relieved of his full-time service as president of CSU-Pueblo by taking accrued annual leave. Upon the exhaustion of his annual leave, Garcia will take unpaid administrative leave until Nov. 3, 2010.
If Garcia’s campaign for lieutenant governor is unsuccessful, Garcia shall resume his full-time duties as president of CSU-Pueblo on Nov. 4, 2010. If Garcia’s campaign is successful and he becomes the lieutenant governor-elect, then on or before Nov. 4, 2010, the chancellor and Garcia shall discuss and agree upon the terms of his resignation and a mutual termination of his employment agreement.
The board also approved CSU System Chancellor Joe Blake’s recommendation to name Tony Frank, President of Colorado State University’s flagship campus in Fort Collins, as the acting president of Colorado State University-Pueblo from Sept. 10 through the November election, while Garcia is on the leave approved by the board. President Frank’s duties at the Fort Collins campus will not change while he assumes the temporary leadership role in Pueblo.