Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

When was Sam Houston State University established and where is it located?

Sam Houston State University , located in Huntsville, Texas was founded in 1879. It is the third oldest public university in Texas, and the state’s fifth oldest continuously operating institution of higher learning.

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What is the vision of the university?

SHSU is a multicultural institution whose mission is to provide excellence by continually improving quality education, scholarships, and service to its students and to appropriate regional, state, national, and international constituencies.

The University effectively serves one of the most diverse populations of any educational institution in Texas. Today’s Sam Houston State University qualifies for a Doctoral Intensive Carnegie Classification with its fifth doctoral program and more coming.

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What is the financial landscape?

For decades, Texas’ public universities relied heavily on state appropriated dollars to provide affordable academic programs to its citizens. With significant changes in the economy, a sharp decline in state funding for all public universities has occurred. Since 2000, state appropriated support for Sam Houston State has declined, and it now represents less than a third of the total budget.

It has been necessary for the state’s universities to place an increasingly larger burden of the costs for higher education on students and their families. Tuition and fees have increased 58% since the fall of 2000. This is creating a financial hardship for many people, and that could limit broad access to college. Then, too, many of today’s college graduates will incur a significant college loan debt to repay.

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What is the Share the Vision campaign?

The Share the Vision Campaign is a strategic action to assist the University to achieve its vision which provides over $200 Million in investment opportunities for endowment, impact funding, and construction to be achieved over a five-year period. The campaign goal is set at $50 Million to be raised in cash and five-year pledges from alumni and friends.

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Why is the university conducting a fundraising campaign?

Careful long-range planning by the University faculty, staff, administration, alumni and knowledgeable friends resulted in a long-range plan and an exciting approach to meeting the needs of the students and constituencies of the University. This plan is positioning the University for a new century of service.

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How will the goals be achieved?

The campaign is organized into six divisions with goals for each division as listed below:

Category

Goal

Advance Gifts $24,500,000
Alumni & Friends Area Campaigns $17,000,000
Foundation/Corporations $5,000,000
Huntsville/Walker County Campaign $3,000,000
Faculty & Staff $500,000
Total $50,000,000

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What are the Share the Vision campaign funding objectives?

The Share the Vision Campaign funding objectives are as follows:

Student Scholarships and Program Endowment $10,000,000
Faculty & Staff Endowment $18,000,000
Academic Program Endowments $14,000,000
Construction Projects $5,250,000
Program & Project Enhancement Funding $2,750,000
Total $50,000,000

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Why is endowment a high priority in the campaign?

Endowment is the gift which gives forever. The principal remains intact while the earned income is used to provide student scholarships and programs, faculty/staff support, and project and program funding. Endowment funds make up a significant portion of the budget for many private universities and colleges, and they are often roughly equivalent to state appropriations of public institutions. Increasingly, public universities also have large, growing endowments that can help to close the gap between declining state appropriations and growing needs and aspirations. The average endowment per student at Sam Houston State University is about $1,600. A look at the top public and private universities reveals that the average endowment per student at public universities is $24,000 and $469,000 at private universities.

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Why is Program and Project Funding a priority?

Each of the five colleges will receive funding for immediate enhancements including instructional equipment, computer labs, reading rooms, and library holdings. The athletic department will receive one-time funding to improve the learning center. The Program and Project Enhancement Funding includes:

Library collection $1,000,000
Funds for the five colleges $250,000 each
Athletic learning center $500,000
Athletic weight training facility $250,000

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Why are Scholarships considered a priority in this campaign?

A priority of the University is that no deserving student will be denied the SHSU experience due to lack of financial resources. The permanently endowed fund will provide income to award a variety of need-based and merit-based scholarships to students, which are essential to enhancing the quality of the academic environment for all students and faculty.

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Why are Construction Projects a priority?

The $5,250,000 in private gifts will supplement the construction projects which have a total cost of more than $184,000,000.

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What is the pledge period for the Share the Vision campaign?

A five year pledge period is suggested, but the donor may select any payment schedule.

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What are the methods of giving?

Emphasis will be on cash pledges and estate gifts. Ways to participate can include:

  • Cash
  • Appreciated Stocks and Securities
  • Closely-held Securities
  • Real Estate
  • Life Income Plans (charitable remainder unitrusts, gift annuities, etc.)
  • Charitable Lead Trusts
  • Remainder Interest in Residence or Farm
  • Gifts-in-Kind
  • Bequests

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