Emory has made significant advancements as a result of strategic investments in faculty, students, scholarship, signature programs, community and infrastructure since implementing Where Courageous Inquiry Leads in 2005. Emory faculty continue to excel and are recognized in teaching and research, students increasingly are engaged in scholarship, and programs and partnerships are positively impacting the world, garnering national and international recognition. In 2012, Emory continues to enhance the quality of learning, research, and scholarship by staying true to the mission to create, preserve, teach, and apply knowledge in the service of humanity and has set a clear agenda for action in FY 2012-2013.
A few highlights from fiscal year 2011-2012 are listed below:
- Emory added 255 faculty to its roster of eminent scholars and promoted and tenured 63 faculty, including six with Faculty Distinction Fund support. The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence provided new teaching and learning methodologies and other professional development to faculty from across the University. Emory signed an agreement with Coursera that will allow for on-line education and currently the first three courses are being developed. Emory Healthcare achieved top 10 percentile ranking in the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) quality rankings, with Emory University Hospital ranked at number two, and Emory University Hospital Midtown ranked as number six, marking the first time two hospitals from the same system have been in the top ten simultaneously.
- Emory’s applicant pool increased to 17,502, which is the largest in history. The acceptance rate for Emory College of Arts and Sciences (ECAS) decreased and the SAT scores in the 25th and 75th percentiles for enrolled students increased. Oxford College also experienced an increase in SAT scores.
- The Association of Physical Plan Administrators presented Emory with the inaugural Sustainability Leadership Award, recognizing Emory as the single campus in the nation that has shown the greatest level of leadership from its physical plan operation. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine named Emory University a “Best Value” for 2012-2013, ranking the University 15th overall in its annual Best Value survey of 100 top private research universities.
- New PhD and master’s degree programs have been created in cross-cutting, interdisciplinary areas including a PhD in Islamic Civilizations, Master of Divinity/Master of Development Practice (MDiv/MDP), and a Master of Theological Studies/Master of Arts in Bioethics (MTS/MA).
- ECAS has initiated a multi-year process to reshape the College. This reorganization will allow ECAS to reinvest in its core areas and to expand into new ones.
- The University paused in October 2012, to reflect and recognize the community for accomplishments generated as a result of the strategic plan to date in a Celebration Luncheon and a scholarly poster session.
Where Courageous Inquiry Leads has served Emory well as a road map to becoming 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. The strategic plan is a guide that is monitored and adjusted to meet emerging University opportunities and needs. Although 2015 marks the end of Emory’s current strategic plan, in the fall of 2012 the University took a moment to pause for reflection and celebration of accomplishments to date. As part of celebration, faculty, staff, and students were recognized for the depth of their contributions to the success of strategic plan. As Emory looks to the future, there is still much to be done to achieve the vision and meet the targets set forth for 2015. Plans are underway to continue implementation of the current plan and transition to a new strategic plan to begin implementation in 2015.