Strategic Plan: 2023-2028
Enhancing the Student Experience
Strategic Priorities, Goals and Actions
Since 1889, Howard Payne University has prepared students for intellectual inquiry, personal and professional integrity and service to God and humanity. Over the next five years, Howard Payne University will focus effort and resources on Enhancing the Student Experience across locations in Brownwood, New Braunfels and El Paso. This endeavor will maintain and further strengthen HPU’s commitment to students in providing a Christ-centered academic community dedicated to excellence by developing and equipping students with the critical thinking skills, integrity, and service mindset necessary for lives that glorify God.
Through a two-year process of praying and planning, four main themes, referred to in the plan as University Priorities, emerged as areas of concentration over the next five years:
- Engaging and enriching interactions
- Enrollment growth and student support
- Innovative teaching and learning
- Transformed spaces
These university priorities align with the mission, core values, and vision of Howard Payne University. Each emphasis will center on the student experience, positioning the University to offer the best for students to succeed both inside and outside of the classroom and in their professional callings.
In discussion of each priority, several strategic goals will be outlined, each with measurable actions. The selected priorities, goals, and actions direct the University on a course to enhance the student experience.
A UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION BUILT ON THE ROCK
Howard Payne University is an institution grounded in her beliefs and built on the rock of Christ’s teachings (Matthew 7:24-27). Our commitment is for the mission, core values, and vision of the university to shape every aspect of who we are and what is most important to us as an organization.
Howard Payne University is a Christ-centered academic community dedicated to excellence by developing and equipping the whole person for intellectual inquiry, personal and professional integrity, and service to God and humanity.
As we pursue the Strategic Plan 2023-2028, our vision for the University is to excel as a Christian, academic, student-centered institution that is highly impactful for our students in their educational journey while supporting them in their preparation for their future goals.
Our Core Values
In earnest pursuit of the vision above, we believe and affirm that the University as an institution and each individual called to serve the Lord at Howard Payne should strive to demonstrate a commitment to the following Core Values.
- Centered on Christ (cf. Col. 3:17; Matt. 7:24)
- Focused on community (cf. Eph. 4:4-6; 1 Pet. 3:8)
- Called to service (cf. Mark 10:45; Phil. 2:3-5)
- Committed to excellence (cf. Gen. 1:31; 1 Cor. 9:24)
- Dedicated to stewardship (cf. Gen. 2:15; 1 Pet. 4:10)