Mission

The mission of Sierra States University is to educate students to be leaders to serve communities and the world through
the excellent programs of Christian Higher Education.

Values

Sierra States University’s core values define the character of the institution and are active ingredients in all that the University does. Through our commitment to these values the University can better serve and be more responsive to its students, staff and community:

Community

Building a community of scholars and students where we encourage each other to grow academically and spiritually.

Leadership

Serving the community with integrity, respect and cultural sensitivity.

Teamwork

working together to encourage input and dialogue in a collegial manner befitting higher education.

Accountability

Continuously assessing where we are as a Christian institution and to assume responsibility for all that we do.

Participation

Fostering and encouraging faculty, staff and students in various university decision-making processes and practicing shared governance.

Excellence

Seeking high standards for teaching, scholarship, and performance with a commitment to continual development.

Philosophy of Education

Sierra States University is an institution of Christian Higher Education. Sierra States University acknowledges all truth is God and finds it unity in God. The Bible is at the center of educational activities and teaching and learning at Sierra States University.

Sierra States University put God first. Sierra States University endeavors to provide programs of Christian Higher Education that are deeply grounded in the knowledge God and the Truth of the Bible.

We endeavor to provide students with a well-rounded education that equips students with critical thinking skills, problem-solving knowledge, excellent communication skills, and professional knowledge and skills that are essential for a career in their chosen field. We also help and assist students to develop a sense of Christian service.

We intend to build a strong community, encourage innovation, promote leadership, develop accountability, and continue to support the pursuit of excellence in students’ chosen fields. We offer professional development opportunities for faculty, staff and students.

Sierra States University puts an emphasis on faith and biblical perspective. We strive to instill in students the desire to pursue truth as a life-long learning.

Teaching at Sierra States University is a form of ministry where there is meaningful instruction, engaging interaction, caring and love, cultural sensitivity, and service between faculty and students, staff and students, and among students themselves.

Sierra States University ensures the quality of the program with integrity, excellence, and with depth and rigor.  We intend to treat one another with honesty and fairness in all academic affairs, policies, financial dealings and publications.

The undergraduate curriculum of Sierra States University is composed of general studies, bible and theology, and a required academic major. The graduate curriculum requires a higher level of rigor in their major such as independent research and advanced study.

Completion of an academic major provides students with depth of knowledge and equips graduates to integrate faith and knowledge within their field, laying the foundations for graduate work, a career, and professional development.

Sierra States University is made up of faculty and scholars that effectively model scholarship and mentor students in their educational growth. Teaching methods are selected based on their capacity and effectiveness in promoting and maximizing student learning outcomes.

Faith Statement

We believe that the Scripture of the Old and New Testament are the inspired, the only infallible, and authoritative word of God.

We believe that there is one God, creator of heaven and earth, eternally existent in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe that God has revealed Himself and His Truth in the created order, in the Scriptures, and supremely in Jesus Christ.

We believe that God has created humanity in His image and likeness, but the disobedience of Adam, all humankind was alienated from God and lost.

We believe that Jesus Christ is the messiah, the Son of God, born of the Virgin Mary, who died on the cross, was physically resurrected from the dead, ascended into heaven, and will one day return in His glory to reign upon the earth.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures; whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.

We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells and gives life to believers, enables them to understand the Scriptures, empowers them for godly living and equips them for service and witness.

We believe that the Church is the body of Christ and that the people of God are called to community, worship, discipleship, mission, and education.