Our Commitment to an Exceptional Student Experience

Tarleton State University will provide a life-changing education exemplified by a welcoming and empowering student experience, characterized by:

  • An affordable, first-class education paired with personalized support from start to finish to help students grow academically, socially, and professionally
  • Engaged faculty, staff, and alumni mentors who guide students in setting long-term goals and developing marketable skills with real-world application
  • A community where all students feel a sense of belonging, safety, and acceptance
  • Transformational educational experiences that challenge students to achieve excellence and prepare them to lead meaningful and rewarding lives

Tarleton’s faculty, staff, and administration support this experience through:

  • Integrated services and clear communications that help students effectively navigate academic, financial, and administrative processes
  • A supportive learning environment that connects all students with campus resources and empowers them to take responsibility for their success
  • Innovative technology that provides options for learning and engagement, enhances academic and social connections, and allows students to track their progress toward achieving their educational goals
  • Curricular and co-curricular programs that engage students in research and workforce experiences, immerse them in global and civic activities, and develop their leadership skills

Mission / Vision and Values / Statements


Tarleton State University, a founding member of the Texas A&M University System, transforms generations by inspiring discovery, leadership and service through educational excellence.


Tarleton will be the premier comprehensive university in the nation, with a keen focus on student success, teaching, and research.

Values and Statements


Tarleton Texans pursue greatness in all efforts, promoting a spirit of leadership, adaptability, and innovation for exceptional outcomes and a better world.


Tarleton Texans hold to the highest ethical standards and commit to serving others through transparency and accountability in everything we do.


Tarleton Texans create a thriving community by embracing varied perspectives with civility, honoring tradition, and promoting collaboration so everyone thrives.

Goals and 5-Year Strategies

Strategically grow enrollment and foster a thriving learning environment characterized by transformational educational experiences that promote the holistic development, economic mobility, and success of all students.

  • Strategy I-A: Support the well-being and success of all students, consistently outpacing our peers in engagement and achievement rates, with a strong commitment to enhancing opportunity, access, and affordability.
    • Strategy I-B: Optimize the university’s educational impact through recruitment, strategic offerings and flexible learning formats, particularly in graduate and professional programs.
      • Strategy I-C: Promote student socio-economic mobility and gainful employment through market-driven pathways, streamlined program navigation, and career readiness.

        Achieve academic excellence through innovative instructional practices, strategic program expansion, and a robust academic and technological infrastructure.

        • Strategy II-A: Leverage high-impact teaching and learning practices, technology, and quality instructional design of all courses to provide a transformational and future-focused educational experience.
          • Strategy II-B: Adapt and expand nationally-recognized academic programs, schools and colleges through prestigious accreditation, program review, and benchmarking against aspirational institutions.
            • Strategy II-C: Continue our future-focused development of Tarleton Fort Worth and expansion of academic programs and support at all outreach campuses to provide educational attainment opportunities to meet the growing marketplace needs of the region and state.

              Promote work, service, and leadership readiness for a global economy and transnational workforce by advancing mission-focused partnerships and community values across all aspects of our multi-campus institution.

              • Strategy III-A: Leverage the university’s culture of connection and access to be a national comprehensive first-choice, first-generation premier destination-HSI.
                • Strategy III-B: Promote success opportunities and global pathways to enhance academic, financial and wellness support for all learners, and development opportunities for all employees.
                  • Strategy III-C: Integrate educational experiences for students, faculty and staff to increase understanding of perspectives that enhance intercultural competence.

                    Cultivate an entrepreneurial ecosystem to enhance research, scholarship, and regional partnerships that drive innovation and economic development.

                    • Strategy IV-A: Enhance university resources and invest in sustainable research infrastructure to mobilize faculty and student research, scholarship, and creative activities and support personnel in the process of securing and administering research funds to reach Carnegie’s Very High Research Activity status by 2030.
                      • Strategy IV-B: Become a leader in higher education, industry, and government partnerships, innovation, and entrepreneurial strategies that advance community engagement and economic development.

                        Attain national prominence through student achievement, a thriving employee experience, a culture of philanthropy, and fiscal sustainability.

                        • Strategy V-A: Foster a thriving employee experience through meaningful communication, competitive compensation, interprofessional collaboration, and an ongoing commitment to growth and wellness.
                          • Strategy V-B: Ensure fiscal sustainability through strategic resource management, alternative revenue generation, and rigorous fundraising.
                            • Strategy V-C: Elevate the institutional profile by capitalizing on national visibility and distinction.
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                              The Future of Tarleton State University

                              The spirit that inspired a farmer and rancher 122 years ago to start a college is the same spirit that propels us today.

                              John Tarleton’s commitment to educational opportunity and affordability is part and parcel of everything we do. It’s the foundation of Tarleton Forward 2030.

                              Our new 10-year, future-focused plan positions us for limitless opportunities and extreme successes.

                              It is a bold projection. A North Star for the world to follow.