In today's world, the resources and infrastructure supporting the intellectual transformation of students are evolving rapidly in order to respond to changing demographic, societal, and technological trends. The nature and very speed of these changes have made a profound impact on the academic landscape - broadening boundaries, reshaping the ideological framework, and redefining strategic initiatives and resources.
The integration of knowledge and the rapid advancement of information technology will continue to challenge the assumptions underlying the traditional higher education model. Building a culture and organizational structure that embrace and foster innovation and collaboration is key to the university's future success.
Getting Online with Education
Studies show that an online education results in a competitive advantage for the students who choose to pursue it. The nature of online learning involves innovative tools and instructional media.
SHSU offers more than 25 degree programs online and dozens of professional and graduate certifications.
Creating a Pathway for Community College Transfers
Community college students are an integral part of Sam Houston State's enrollment management strategy. Surveys indicate that up to eighty percent of all incoming community college students seek to transfer and earn a bachelor's degree. In addition, graduation and retention rates are typically higher for transfer students with thirty or more credit hours than first-time freshman.
A long-standing partnership with Lone Star Community College and Blinn College as well as articulation agreements, dual admissions programs, and reverse transfer agreements with numerous other two-year institutions, have contributed to strong growth in transfer student enrollment. Over the years, the university has worked diligently to provide the programs and processes needed to address the unique needs of transfer students and to help ensure their success.