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Nov. 18: Carnegie Mellon Announces 10-Year Strategic Plan


Ken Walters                            

Carnegie Mellon Announces 10-Year Strategic Plan

Research, Education Initiatives Highlight the Environment, Globalization

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University announced today that it is moving forward with its strategic plan, a 10-year blueprint for the university's future.
The plan, which is revisited every 10 years, highlights key priorities, possible future synergies and areas in which the university is well-situated to make world-class contributions, according to Carnegie Mellon Provost and Senior Vice President Mark Kamlet, who chaired the plan's steering committee.
"The 2008 strategic plan builds upon and updates the 1998 plan, which, among other actions, helped the university to move in a more concerted way into biotechnology and life sciences fields and to become more active globally," Kamlet said.
Some highlights of the 2008 plan include:

  • A continuation of the university's interdisciplinary research approach, with a focus on transitioning to an environmentally sustainable society; improving health and quality of life; understanding and engaging global societies, economies and cultures; understanding human and social behavior; and transforming science and society by advancing information computation and communication.
  • Reaffirming the importance the university places on the educational rigor of its curricula and of student learning outside the classroom, including continued efforts to provide opportunities for understanding global, environmental and ethical issues. The university seeks to create students who will be "architects of change."
  • An emphasis on globalization, both through Carnegie Mellon's activities outside of Pittsburgh, and by increased attention to the global and cultural knowledge university graduates will need in the future.
  • Continuing to support economic growth and the quality of life in the Pittsburgh region by leveraging core research, artistic and outreach activities.

Noting the current global economic downturn, Kamlet said the crisis would affect the speed in which the strategic plan will be carried out, at least for some period of time.
"But institutions have to make strategic choices during times of financial stress as well as times of financial growth," he said. "Having a sense of strategic priorities seems as useful, and perhaps more so, in challenging times as it does in good ones."
The result of a yearlong process, the 2008 strategic plan includes extensive input from the university's administration, college administrations, faculty, staff, students and other constituents. The university's board of trustees approved the plan, which is available at