Mines@150: Mission, Vision and Strategic Planning

Looking ahead to Mines at 150

On December 12, 2013, the Colorado School of Mines Board adopted a new strategic plan that envisions Mines being recognized as the premier, student-centered, research university when it celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2024.

In spring 2017, the campus engaged in a series of discussions envisioning MINES at 150. You can download the campus conference presentation and read the campus feedback on Under the M.

We also discussed the MINES Pillars, the pillars that define aspects of MINES that will stay constant, even as we change. The “Mission and Core Values” define who we are and what binds us together.  Both are based on input provided by the campus community in individual and group conversations over the past couple of years.

MINES Pillars

  • Focused public mission
  • Elite institution (but not elitist)
  • Challenging practical education and professional preparation
  • Collaborative pursuits of use-inspired innovation and discovery
  • Connections and partnerships, particularly with industry and mission-oriented agencies
  • Honest broker of information
  • Great people (students, faculty, staff, alumni)
  • Immense pride


We, the Colorado School of Mines community, are united by our commitment to our timeless mission of educating and inspiring students from all backgrounds and advancing knowledge and innovations, with the aspiration that our graduates, ideas, actions, and innovations will have a transformative impact on individuals and society, leading to shared prosperity and sustainable use of the Earth’s resources.

Core Values

  • Inquiry and Innovation
  • Inspiration
  • Challenge
  • Openness
  • Respect
  • Diversity
  • Compassion
  • Collaboration

Each of the values above facilitates our shared success, and the advancement of MINES and its mission; by our examples and by our encouragement we seek to foster these values throughout our community, and especially among our students, so as to inspire them to pursue excellence in our shared lives of inquiry and innovation.