BHSU Vision, Mission, and Values

University Vision
Black Hills State University will be the region’s leading university in undergraduate research and sustainability whose graduates will enact global change through leadership, stewardship, and scholarship.

University Mission
Black Hills State University is a master’s level university that promotes excellence in teaching and learning; supports research, creative and scholarly activities and provides service to the state, region, nation and global community. BHSU provides innovative, high quality undergraduate (associate and baccalaureate) programs in the arts, humanities, education, behavioral sciences, mathematics, social sciences, natural sciences, business and technology as well as selected disciplines of strength at the graduate level. Black Hills State University is the only comprehensive University in western South Dakota.

BHSU Values
As members of the Black Hills State University community, we value:
Student Success: Serving and inspiring our students through life-changing learning experiences to become educated leaders and engaged citizens.
Academic Excellence: Providing quality and rigorous programs with challenging exchange of ideas, offering opportunities for research, creative activity, and global engagement.
Innovation: Leading with resourcefulness and creativity to develop programs and activities that meet the needs of the regional, national and global community.
Authenticity: Leading with integrity and sustainable best practices; honoring our heritage, celebrating our diversity, serving our community and thriving in the Spirit of the Black Hills.

INSPIRE and support student success from recruitment to graduation.

 ENGAGE the BHSU community in partnerships, service and enriched student experiences

Develop and expand internal and external resources to support all we can IMAGINE.

Provide INNOVATIVE learning experiences that facilitate academic achievement, research, creative activity and civic engagement.



Read the Strategic Plan