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A destination university internationally recognized as an inquiry-driven, ethically engaged, and diverse community, whose members work collaboratively for positive transformation in the world through courageous leadership in teaching, research, scholarship, health care, and social action



Emory's Strategic Plan is built upon the

success of its schools and units.


The 18-month comprehensive strategic planning process began in March 2004 with the development of 13 University-wide opportunity discussion groups and progressed through Phase I. During Phase I, the school and academic, research, and major operating units completed internal and external strategic assessments. The process moved through Phase II with the development of unit-based goals, initiatives, and action plans, and the creation of University-wide strategic themes.

University-wide goals, strategic themes, and initiatives were developed to tie together unit-based plans in ways that will create greater impact and differentiation for Emory. The plan was written by and for all of Emory's stakeholders including, but not limited to, current and prospective students and their families, faculty, staff, alumni, board members, community members, local, statewide, national and international colleagues, and friends of the University.

The process was explicitly designed to build upon strengths and opportunities by integrating a bottom-up process, originating from faculty and schools, with a top-down process involving University leadership. Throughout the planning effort, mechanisms were set up to gain broad input aimed at creating an iterative and inclusive process. The plan is built on the assumption that feedback occurred between various components of the University. It represents the input of more than 1,000 people. More than 20 Emory Report articles were written. Approximately 20 presentations on planning were given by the President, Provost, and the EVP of Health Affairs to faculty, staff and student groups. Two town hall meetings were conducted, and a futurist forum with approximately 250 attendees and 14 nationally recognized panelists was held in April 2005.

In 2008-2009, after three years of implementation, the strategic plan underwent a review and update process.  The review process revealed that Emory has made strides in all if its thematic focus areas.  The process has also clarified a number of distinctions and refinements to the original plan.  Emory's vision and that path to achieve that vision have become sharper.   

In 2013, the plan will undergo an extensive process and outcome evaluation to gauge progress as the University considers the next phase of strategy development for Emory.