PSU Ariel shot of main campus

President Steve Scott formed the Strategic Planning Task Force in 2013 to develop a new five-year strategic plan for Pittsburg State University. The task force, comprised of faculty and staff, conducted months of small group discussion, online surveys, and campus forums to develop the final recommendations. The Pathway to Prominence Strategic Plan 2016-2022 sets strategic milestones to help the university continue to be the academic choice for students and professionals.

The mission of Pittsburg State University is to provide transformational experiences for its students and the community.

Pittsburg State University will be the first choice for:

  • Students seeking a quality education through nationally recognized programs;
  • The most talented faculty and staff seeking dynamic careers;
  • Partnerships with communities, businesses, organizations, and individuals in the region;
  • External investment by donors, grant makers, and government.


Continue a campus environment where students feel a connection to the university and its faculty and staff by making students and their success the driving force behind institutional decisions at all levels.


Ensure the university strives for outcomes that are exemplary by demanding quality in all aspects of the institutions' operations.

By Doing Learn

Perpetuate the university's founding principal of "By doing learn," through the creation of academic programs and opportunities that engage students in real world activities.


Foster a diverse and international campus culture among students, faculty, and staff that supports an understanding and acceptance of a variety of ideas, beliefs, and cultures, thereby creating opportunity for all.


Enhance the university's strong relationship with the region and the Pittsburg community by maintaining a welcoming campus and creating big university opportunities in a small campus atmosphere.


Encourage students, faculty and staff to take informed, calculated, and strategic risks to build upon their success, start new ventures, utilize new technologies, and forge an entrepreneurial path forward.


Recognize there are limited and finite resources in the world, and, therefore, commit ourselves to establishing best practices to conserve resources as well as decrease the university's carbon footprint.

Goal 1: Academic Excellence

Goal 2: Student Success

Goal 3: Partnerships

Goal 4: Responsive and Innovative Campus Culture