SRSU Mission Statement

Who We Are
Sul Ross State University is a public, comprehensive, Master’s degree granting, multi-campus university, providing on-site and distance education in the Big Bend and US-México border regions of Texas.

Sul Ross State University seeks to be a national and international leader in achieving excellence among universities in the areas of Education, Research, Social Mobility, Service, Affordability, and Shared Governance.

Rooted in the distinctive surroundings and history of the Big Bend and the US-México border regions of Texas, Sul Ross State University provides accessible, comprehensive, and life changing education through high quality teaching, research, cultural awareness, creativity and service.


  • Excellence
  • Ethics and Integrity
  • Diversity and Inclusiveness
  • Growth and Exploration
  • Leadership and Service
  • Personal Connection
  • Effective Communication


SRSU Strategic Plan

Sul Ross State University’s SRSU Strategic Plan 2017-2022 is guided by five overarching goals:

Goal 1: Promote Growth in Academic, Research and Artistic Excellence

Goal 2: Target Recruiting, Maximize Retention & Increase Graduation Rates

Goal 3: Strengthen a Sustainable and Diversified Financial Base while Ensuring Affordable Access

Goal 4: Recruit, Retain and Develop Faculty, Staff and Student Employees

Goal 5: Unify and Enhance the Image and Visibilty of Sul Ross

Texas State University System 2020 Performance Goals

The Texas State University System (TSUS) Chancellor, Brian McCall, presented a long-term vision and called upon all TSUS institutions to identify baseline data and to establish targets for year 2020 as comprehensive vision of success. SRSU collects and reports data annually. The 2020 TSUS Performance Metrics reports includes a collection of indicators related to access, success, excellence and efficiency. Some of the highlight targets by year 2020 include:

  • Total headcount increase of 9% (2,144 students)
  • Total degrees awarded increase of 21% (464 degrees)
  • 6-year graduation rate increase of 11.5 percentage points
  • 1-year persistence rate increase of 3 percentage points
  • Number of Teachers Produced 196% (80 Teachers)

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board 60x30TX Goals

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) also sets statewide goals through the 60x30TX initiative. The THECB plan includes four major goals:

Goal 1: 60×30: Educated Population

By 2030, at least 60% of Texans ages 25-34 will have a certificate or degree

Goal 2: Completion

By 2030, at least 550,000 students in that year will complete a certificate, associate, bachelor’s, or master’s from an institution of higher education in Texas.

Goal 3: Marketable Skills

By 2030, all graduates from Texas public institutions of higher education will have completed programs with identified marketable skills.

Goal 4: Student Debt

By 2030, undergraduate student loan debt will not exceed 60% of first-year wages for graduates of Texas public institutions.

Student Achievement Highlights

To evaluate student achievement, Sul Ross State University reviews graduate school placement, job placement, licensure/certification passage, student learning, graduation rates, retention rates, and course completion rates.

Graduation and Retention Rates

The first indicator of student achievement is student persistence and graduation. In 20##, the 6-year graduation rate for first-time-in-college students at Sul Ross was ##%, according to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Online Institutional Resume. This represents a ## percentage point increase over graduation rates in 2000. Additionally, in 20##, the 1-year persistence rate was ##% (for students entering in Fall 20##); the 2-year persistence rate was ##% (for students entering in Fall 20##), according to the THECB Online Institutional Resume.

Data Sources: THECB Accountability System and THECB Online Institutional Resumes.

Graduate School Placement/Job Placement Rates

Another key indicator of student success at SRSU is whether baccalaureate graduates enroll in graduate-level programs or professional schools, or find employment after graduation. In the 20## THECB Accountability Reports, ##% of baccalaureate graduates from SRSU-Alpine and #% of graduates from SRSU-Rio Grande College were enrolled in graduate or professional school programs in Texas by the year after graduation. In 20##, ##% of graduates from SRSU-Alpine and ##% of graduates from SRSU-Rio Grande College had achieved gainful employment during the fourth quarter of the year after graduation.

Data Source: THECB Online Institutional Resumes.


Data Source: THECB Online Institutional Resumes.

Teacher Certification

Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES)

Selection Rationale:  Sul Ross State University was established in 1917 as a teacher’s college to prepare teachers for the public school teaching in the remote area of West Texas.  For over one-hundred years, SRSU has continued that tradition.  Teacher Certification data is a central part of the Student Achievement report, because local school districts continue to depend upon the university to provide teachers for the children of our surrounding communities.

Target:  The Texas Education Agency set the target at 80% for all Education Preparation Programs (EPP).

Assessment:  Passing rates have fluctuated at all campuses over the seven years reported cycle.  Recent interventions to increase the number of students meeting the target (80%) include offering content exam study sessions for students to prepare for the TExES.

Data Source: Texas Education Agency – Accountability System for Educator Preparation  (ASEP)

National Survey of Student Engagement

Students’ perceptions of their cognitive and affective development, as well as their overall satisfaction with the institution, provide useful evidence of their educational experiences. Starting in spring 2016, the National Survey of Student Engagement was administered to all students in the core curriculum courses and to seniors. The faculty Core Curriculum Committee set the threshold for achievement for seniors, who respond ‘very much’ or ‘quite a bit’, for items aligned with each of the six core curriculum skills, to increase each year or maintain at 75% or higher. Students reported how much their experience at SRSU contributed to their knowledge, skills, and personal development in the areas listed below. Data for the six core curriculum skills:

Process for Evaluating Measures of Student Success

Sul Ross State University evaluates measures of student achievement in response to SACSCOC Standard FR 4.1. Additional data related to student achievement is available through the webpage for theSRSU Office of Institutional Effectiveness.