We put students first.  Our strategic plan, our mission, our values, and our goals—and the action plans that follow—revolve around this mantra. Importantly, students first does not replace student centeredness: rather, it complements and expands it. Similarly, our strategic plan does not supplant the university's, but supports and bolsters it.

Much of our strategic plan is focused on creating a strong, unified college. As a natural consequence of NextGen, our college has changed. We are taking this opportunity to pursue change for the better. Specifically, a better working environment for all faculty, staff, and management, and most importantly a better educational experience for all our students.

Below, we outline where we are at, where we want to be, and how we will get there, and conclude with a discussion of how our strategic plan aligns with the president's goals for the university.

Current State


The mission of the College of Health and Human Services is to support the success of students by providing a quality education within a collaborative framework that values the contributions of each faculty and staff member.

Core Values

  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Care for others/Service
  • Engaged Learning
  • Excellence
  • Evidence-based
  • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • Leadership
  • Innovation
  • Diversity and Inclusiveness
  • Resilience

Future State


The College of Health and Human Services will be known as the premier provider of health and human services education, graduating students who are outstanding professionals with a commitment to service.

We will be known as the home of exceptional teacher-scholars who care for their students, the community, and who contribute quality scholarship (across a variety of media) towards the progression of their disciplines.

Priorities and Goals

  1. Maintain the highest quality of education.
  2. Sustain and grow our programs through careful maintenance and planning of our resources.
  3. Maintain a college culture that values individual faculty contributions in teaching, scholarship, and service.
  4. Sustain and reinforce a culture of communication and support that encourages collaboration.
  5. Act rather than react.