Strategic Plan

This bold strategic plan capitalizes on the university's recent progress and provides focus to align our strengths to prioritize our goals and help shape a vision for the future of Sam Houston State University.

Prioritize, Embody, Elevate, Expand

Our Mission

Sam Houston State University is a student-centered, community engaged institution whose mission is to offer an accessible, quality higher education. The university offers a variety of innovative and flexible degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels focused on career readiness, personal and professional development, and service. SHSU provides integrated academic and student success services designed to support traditional and non-traditional students from diverse backgrounds.

Our Vision

Sam Houston State University will provide a transformative environment that enables students from diverse backgrounds to become leaders who serve their families, communities, and professions. We aspire to make SHSU both the best value in higher education and the top regional public university in the state of Texas. We will accomplish this through providing high quality, innovative, and flexible academic programs; a commitment to student success, scholarship and creative works; and engagement that solves the most critical challenges facing the world.

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Our Values

Student Success and Support | Academic Excellence | Service and Community Engagement
Inclusive Excellence | Collaborative Environment | Honor | Creativity and Innovation


Igniting Excellence