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The Plan


Emory University is recognized internationally for its outstanding liberal arts college, superb professional schools, and one of the Southeast's leading health care systems.   The mission or core purpose of the University is:  to create, preserve, teach, and apply knowledge in the service of humanity.

By implementing the university-wide strategic plan, “Where Courageous Inquiry Leads: 2005-2015”, Emory university aspires to achieve its vision to become:

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 plan is composed of five cross-cutting goals, fifteen major initiatives (organized by thematic rubrics), three strategic priorities, and four framing principles. 

The goals reflect what Emory aspires to achieve by 2015.  Each goal has explicit long-term initiatives or major actions to be implemented over time to achieve the goal.  The goals are divided into three categories:  People and Infrastructure, Programs, and Funding. 

The first three goals relate to the people and infrastructure needed to achieve the vision.  The initiatives related to these goals are organized by the following themes: 1.) Strengthening Faculty Distinction, 2.) Ensuring Highest Student Quality and Enhancing the Student Experience, and 3.) Creating Community-Engaging Society. 



  1. Emory has a world-class, diverse faculty that establishes and sustains preeminent learning, research, scholarship, health care, and service programs.
  • Enhance faculty development activities and innovative programming to support faculty careers 
  • Establish University-wide tenure and promotion best practices
  • Encourage and support strategic recruitment and retention
  1. Emory enrolls the best and the brightest undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and provides exemplary support for them to achieve success.
  • Develop and implement cohesive recruitment and financial aid strategies for all schools
  • Establish Engaged Scholarship as the signature Emory undergraduate student experience
  • Continuously evaluate and invigorate curricula and pedagogy
  1. Emory’s culture and physical environment enrich the lives and intellectual work of faculty, students, and staff.
  • Reinforce Emory's culture of ethics, diversity, entrepreneurship, and philanthropy beginning with a drive toward institutional accountability
  • Develop and implement a sustainability plan to help restore the global ecosystem, foster healthy living, and reduce the University's impact on the local environment
  • Establish and promote professional and leadership development activities for faculty, staff, and students


The fourth goal focuses on what Emory will contribute to local, national, and international communities through inquiry and cutting-edge programs related to the following themes: 1.) Confronting the Human Condition and Human Experience and 2.) Exploring New Frontiers in Science and Technology. 



  1. Emory is recognized as a place where scholars work collaboratively as a strong and vital community to confront the human condition and experience and explore twenty-first-century frontiers in science and technology.
  • Invest in faculty and programs in 6 areas: 1) religions and the human spirit; 2) race and difference; 3) global health; 4) neuroscience, human nature and society; 5) predictive health; and 6) computational and life sciences
  • Generate research and new knowledge in priority areas
  • Facilitate collaboration by removing structural barriers

The last goal relates to the resources needed to achieve the vision and strengthen the core through financial strength and resource stewardship.



  1. Emory stewards its financial and other resources to drive activities that are essential and those through which Emory can demonstrate excellence and provide leadership.
  • Identify and develop creative net revenue growth opportunities
  • Continue to save on cost through increased productivity, elimination of unnecessary activity, and restructuring or reorganizations
  • Establish synergies and strategies to make current programs more effective and efficient

Three strategic priorities provide decision criteria in support of achieving the goals:  Quality – faculty, students, staff, leadership, graduate and undergraduate academic programs, and health care; Distinction – essentials and areas of excellence, distinguished interdisciplinary centers and institutes, strong community culture, and affiliations; and Financial Strength and Resource Stewardship – right-size activities, effective and efficient resource use, funding flows alignment, and transparency.  Four framing principles — strategic collaborations, internationalization, societal impact, and creativity: art and innovation — undergird implementation of the University- and School/Unit-based strategic plans. 

Based upon this strategic plan, Emory has secured and directed resources, taken action, and measured progress.