Criteria for Student Media Proposals Released by Colorado State University Review Committee

Criteria that proposals must contain to be considered were released today by a committee charged with reviewing any proposals that may be pending to partner with or change the current structure of Colorado State University’s Rocky Mountain Collegian.

The committee was formed earlier in the month by Blanche Hughes, vice president of Student Affairs, and is made up of students, faculty, staff and community members. Colorado State President Larry Edward Penley asked Hughes to appoint a committee to review proposals submitted to the university regarding the Collegian. The committee was formed after the Fort Collins Coloradoan approached the university to discuss a partnership with the student paper.

The committee has not received any proposals to date. Written proposals are due to Hughes no later than 4 p.m. on March 31. Proposals may be received at the Vice President for Student Affairs Office, 201 Administration Building, Colorado State University or via email  

Hughes is charged with providing a recommendation to Penley once proposals are reviewed by the committee. Penley will review the information and potentially make a recommendation to the Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System.

Penley has stated that only proposals that enhance educational opportunities for students; enhance career opportunities for students; enhance relationships between journalism faculty and student media; and improve student media services to the student body would be considered for review.

The 17 specific criteria include a specific description of how proposed changes would enhance services to students; the role of students in the propose structure, including information about who serves as editors; how salaries for students and professional staff will be addressed; the frequency, distribution, copy count and printing details for issues; how the paper’s relationship with other student media would be affected; and how services to the campus community would be enhanced.

The complete, specific criteria developed by the committee are available at by clicking on the "Collegian Advisory Committee" link on the left side of the page. A full schedule of committee meetings, meeting minutes and information presented to the committee regarding the current structure and other national structures of student print media also is available on the site.

If any proposals are received, the committee will review them during a closed meeting and make decisions about inviting open verbal presentations of the proposals for additional review for the committee’s April 10 meeting.