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College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences

Strategic Plan

The College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences regularly reviews its strategic plan and the activities that support Clemson Elevate, the University’s strategic plan. CBSHS faculty, students, staff, alumni and volunteers contribute to strategic planning activities throughout the year during faculty and departmental meetings and retreats.


The mission of the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences is to benefit people and communities through the knowledge we generate, the information we disseminate and the students we educate.


The College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences will be globally recognized for collaborative research and engaged teaching that enhance our understanding of the human condition, promote individual, family and community health and well-being, and provide a foundation for innovative policy and practice.


The College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences’ goals are reflective of its mission to build people and communities and correspond with the three pillars of Clemson University’s strategic plan, Clemson Elevate.

  • Promote discovery that advances knowledge, informs policy, and shapes practice
  • Improve lives in communities through outreach and service
  • Deliver high-quality programs that prepare tomorrow’s workforce and global citizens
  • Foster inclusive learning and work environments where people can thrive

CBSHS 2024 Strategic Plan

Leslie Hossfeld, Dean, College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences

“In the pursuit of understanding the human spirit and elevating global well-being, the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences stands as a beacon of collaboration, innovation and service. Together, we shape the future, one discovery, one student and one community at a time.”

Dean Leslie Hossfeld
College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences

Success Built Upon Three Pillars

Learn & Thrive

Deliver the #1 student experience. Excel in experiential learning, amplify academic success and promote the Clemson Experience.

Investigate & Innovate

Double Research by 2035. Build an AAU-aligned faculty to address societal needs, create world-class research infrastructure and leverage Innovation Campuses and partnerships.

Build People & Communities

Transform Lives Statewide and Beyond. Enhance educational and economic opportunities; improve agriculture, natural resources and animal health; and improve health outcomes for South Carolinians.


President James P. Clements

“Clemson Elevate is a bold strategic plan that builds on our continued foundation of excellence and propels us into the future. The three pillars of Clemson Elevate support the core of what it means to be a Clemson Tiger — our students, faculty and staff and their impact on the state of South Carolina and beyond. It is an incredible time to be a Tiger, and I look forward to continuing to elevate Clemson University and the Clemson Experience.”

President James P. Clements

Three strategic priorities

  • We will deliver the No. 1 student experience in the nation, core to our mission.

  • We will double research by 2035, working in collaboration with government and industry to advance scientific research and discovery.

  • We will transform lives, impacting the citizens of South Carolina and beyond through measurable health and economic development.

Strategic Priorities As Guides

These three areas will become the University’s “north stars,” tracked by metrics, benchmarked internally and against other institutions, and used to create accountability that will drive success. Clemson Elevate also outlines key business and management actions that the University must use to meet aspirational goals.

Implementation of Clemson Elevate will enhance Clemson’s delivery on its mission of learning, research and outreach, sustain its Carnegie R1 status, and develop a profile that positions the University for an invitation to the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU).

Letter from President Clements

CBSHS Elevate News

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