Who We Are
Colorado State University’s Office of Engagement and Extension delivers on its land-grant mission by making the university’s educational programs, services and resources accessible to all, enabling individuals to act as agents of change and together build thriving communities across Colorado and beyond.
We learn and work together across Colorado to exchange, develop and apply knowledge, empowering individuals and communities to thrive.
CSU Office of Engagement and Extension Serves Colorado and Beyond
Our Commitment to Colorado
We Provide Access
We Enable Co-Creation
We Inspire Engagement
We Empower Action
What is a Land-Grant University?
Colorado State University is a land-grant university. Signed into law in 1862, the Morrill Act created public colleges supported by federal grants of public land. These new colleges would teach agriculture, the mechanic arts and military science.
Land-grant universities offered the children of farmers and the working classes – who previously had been excluded – the opportunity to receive a college education and participate in the nation’s economic and social progress. Proceeds generated by the land grants were intended to be invested in a perpetual endowment to support the colleges.
The basis of the land-grant university model as it exists today is focused on teaching, research and outreach. The Hatch Act in 1887 established Agricultural Experiment Stations, and the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 created the Cooperative Extension Service.
The spirit of inclusion and access remain embodied in the core values of the land-grant mission.
Our Commitment to the Land-Grant Mission
To be a land-grant university today means: