Colorado State University takes its mission as a land-grant university very seriously. When President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act in 1862, for the first time in history, higher education became broadly open to people from all walks of life. CSU prizes diversity and the rich history that different populations bring to the academic community, and is proud to provide access to opportunity to anyone with the motivation to earn a degree.
These ideas are also enshrined in The Principles of Community, adopted by the university in 2015, which highlight the importance of inclusion, integrity, respect, service and social justice to all interactions among members of the CSU community.
As part of the concept of inclusion, for the past decade the University has been working to expand access to learning to anyone regardless of physical or other challenges, through implementation of Universal Design in Learning (UDL) principles. UDL strives to eliminate barriers that impact teaching and learning, including for students with visual, hearing or motor impairment, brain injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder, autism, and a wide range of disabilities.
The University adopted the Accessibility of Electronic Information and Technologies Policy in 2004, providing a framework for implementation of UDL principles in classrooms. It is based on the work of The ACCESS Project from the Department of Occupational Therapy.