September 26, 2005

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Michael Terrazas, Editor

Eric Rangus, Senior Editor

Katherine Baust, Staff Writer

Christi Gray, Designer

Jon Rou, Photography Director

Diya Chaudhuri,
Editorial Assistant


Emory University Strategic Plan, 2005–15

Why a Strategic Plan?

American higher education is a source of our nation’s pride and strength, making the United States the educator of tomorrow’s leaders and a destination for the rest of the world. But it was not always this way—and it may not last forever.
The world calls more loudly than ever for institutions to pursue “courageous inquiry”: to lead others toward new heights of understanding and innovation, toward an ethical high ground for the new millennium. Emory will be one of the institutions that answers the call.

What is courageous inquiry? Call it both a defining characteristic and an intellectual destination, and Emory’s plan is the road map that will guide us there. As with any map, there are multiple routes we could take. Some are familiar to us, while others wind through uncharted territory; we will follow all of them with renewed energy and vigor. Some will require risk, though we will direct the journey with enough experience and intelligence to manage the risk. Nearly every path we take toward our vision will exhilarate us by its vistas, even as it challenges us with obstacles. There is no prescribed path, but we are duty-bound to begin the journey.

Emory University is about to undertake work that will transform not only the campus but also our community, that will greatly and positively transform our region—indeed, that will build a better world for our children’s children. There is no more important or more enjoyable quest than that upon which we are about to embark. This is Emory’s journey: to become a destination university, a place where courageous inquiry leads.

Click to read the Strategic Plan issue of Emory Report.