Believe. Belong. Become.

After surveys, listening sessions, and strategic meetings for more than a year, CSU’s bottom line became clear – we prepare servant leaders to pursue significant lives. A Charleston Southern education is a Passport to Purpose.

It has long been said that if you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time. While it is tempting to be satisfied with the mere act of doing something – firing – without regard to your aim, the stakes are too high in the task of Christian higher education to settle for anything short of the bullseye.

Dondi E. Costin, PhD
President

The strategic planning team, led by President Dondi Costin, identified Point A (where we are today) and Point B (where we believe God wants us to go). The 2020-2025 Strategic Plan charts the course and provides metrics to stay the course.

Our Why

The Great Commission

Charleston Southern University was founded in obedience to Christ’s command to make disciples of all nations, teaching them to align with His design. It is why we exist today.

Our How

Faith Integration in Christian Community

In nurturing student growth, academic excellence is the seed, and Christian environment is the soil. It is both/and, not either/or. Meanwhile, our vision statement plants the process in fertile terrain as the community of faculty, staff, coaches, and peer mentors cultivate; students work the ground, and God provides the harvest. Saturating the entire campus community with this vision – integrating faith in learning, leading, and serving – ensures that faith integration is not an afterthought. Rather, it is the central thought in equipping students with a worldview in which faith forms character and character drives action.

Our What

Servant Leaders Pursuing Significant Lives

Our strategic plan is designed to guarantee that everything CSU does helps students become the servant leaders God wants them to be: a colleague who demonstrates the value of going the extra mile and inspires coworkers to follow suit, a spouse who models the character of Christ at work and at home, a parent who puts family before themselves, a neighbor whose faith impacts every fiber of his being seven days a week, and an engaged citizen making a difference in the church and the world. At CSU, serious scholarship and real relationships lay a solid foundation for servant leadership. 


View the Plan

The 2020-2025 Strategic Plan includes:

  • Governing Principles
  • E.P.I.C. Values
  • Grand Purpose
  • Guiding Process
  • Game-Changing Product
  • Passport to Purpose
  • Wildly Important Goals

Review the full plan below and/or download to your device.