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Planning Foundations


The University of Houston-Clear Lake places its highest priority on serving a diverse body of students in every aspect of their university experience. UHCL’s teacher scholars provide high quality, student-centered undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare students to thrive in a competitive workplace and to make meaningful contributions to their communities. UHCL fosters critical thinking and lifelong learning through a strong legacy of vibrant community partnerships complementing its historical focus on teaching, research, creative activity, and service.


The University of Houston-Clear Lake will lead as a learner-centered university dedicated to achieving national prominence in transformative education grounded in creative activities, innovative research, and community partnerships that serve regional, state, and global locations. UHCL launches your future!

Core Values

  • 1. Learner-focused

    UHCL is committed to maintaining and building strong degree plans that foster creativity and critical thinking. We are invested in our students and are committed to their growth, development, and transformation.

    Impact: Inspire individuals to grow to their fullest potential

  • 2. Transformation

    UHCL empowers individuals to learn, grow, and develop as leaders and contributors. We support, and foster leadership and collaboration among students, faculty, and staff.

    Impact: Forge Visionary leaders who are agents of change in their fields.

  • 3. Innovation

    UHCL cultivates fearless imagination when creating new programs, teaching methods, and research opportunities that prepare students to meet the challenges of changing global economy. We are attuned to social, economic and environmental changes and take timely action to respond to them.

    Impact: Deliver the solutions to challenges of today and tomorrow.

  • 4. Diversity and Inclusion

    UHCL embraces inclusion and cultivates diversity at all levels of the institution. We celebrate our status as a Hispanic-serving institution. We welcome students, staff, faculty, and partners from different nationalities, races, ethnicities, ages, religions, genders, sexual orientations, and physical abilities into our family and values identity through the lens of intersectionality.

    Impact: Create an inclusive community that develops well-rounded individuals who contribute to the global society.

  • 5. Resilience

    UHCL embodies perseverance, passion, commitment, resolve and grit to bring positive change to the university and community.

    Impact: Evolve as a community to persevere through challenges and adversity.

  •  6. Service

    UHCL is committed to community values, partnerships and collaboration. We create a service culture among faculty, staff, and students. UHCL maintains strong sustainable relationships by engaging various stakeholders to achieve mutual goals and objectives.

    Impact: Develop leaders who foster the growth and well-being of the communities they serve.

  • 7. Integrity

    UHCL fosters honesty and trust among all internal and external constituents. We are committed to our values and being accountable to our constituency in an atmosphere of generosity and kindness.

    Impact: Build a community of trusted individuals.

  • 8. Sustainability

    UHCL maintains stewardship over resources including but not limited to university finances and operations, the socio-physical environment.

    Impact: Make a difference in our world for generations to come.

Strategic Themes 

(updated after Oct. 2019 Strategic Management Team workshop; please note that these items will change as we continue the iterative process of refining our strategic plan)

Educational Achievement: Provide innovative and experiential learning opportunities that promote student success. Strengthen interdisciplinary collaborations across the university that enhance the students’ experience throughout their academic and professional careers. Support educational experiences through the optimization and stewardship of educational resources.
- Strategy map, objectives, and intended results from Sept. Theme Team Workshop

Inclusive Culture: Institutional culture values diversity in many forms, resulting in an intersectional identity for students, faculty, staff, and community. University supports the campus community, resulting in meaningful engagement and a positive campus climate. Development and advancement is achieved through institutional programming focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Strategy map, objectives, and intended results from Sept. Theme Team Workshop

Innovation through Collaboration: Student opportunities involving internal and external partnerships that engage the community, alumni, employees, and educational institutions, resulting in students making positive contributions to society. New knowledge generated by innovative scholarly activities produced by partners, students, faculty in response to societal opportunities and challenges.
- Strategy map, objectives, and intended results from Sept. Theme Team Workshop

University Identity: Recognition as an institution that delivers distinctive integrated learning opportunities that invest in stakeholder experiences. The institution is committed to investment in human capital and innovative leadership which maximize the quality of the social, economic, and cultural environment. 
- Strategy map, objectives, and intended results from Sept. Theme Team Workshop

Strategic Objective Commentary

Tier 1 Balanced Scorecard