Strategic Plan

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
To be a dynamic learning environment that fosters critical thinking and creative expression. We inspire students to engage in their global communities while honoring the spirit of the Black Hills.

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.

BHSU Will
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.



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