Goals for the University Community

Goals for the University Community


The Carnegie Mellon community is made up of highly talented students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents from all over the world. As individuals, we have many kinds of creative talents and intellectual strengths; as a community, we are widely regarded as a place where people connect and collaborate across disciplines to solve critical societal challenges.

CMU is much more than the simple sum of our seven colleges and schools; it is a place that fosters the integration of deep scholarly expertise with innovation, entrepreneurship, and human creativity. The university has a critical interest in supporting innovation and remaining renowned for entrepreneurial thinking and action. Creating responsive infrastructure to support the university’s teaching and research missions is an important step in CMU’s continued success as a community of learning and discovery.

Although we appreciate and celebrate the capabilities of social media and virtual connections, we also recognize the educational value of blending technology with face-to-face interaction for all members of our community; this can be manifested in instructional programs, design and use of space and facilities, enhancement of collaborative experiences, and support for wellness and career-life balance.

Attracting and retaining outstanding, diverse talent remains a critical challenge for Carnegie Mellon, and continues to be a major area of focus for students, faculty, and staff. Since the plan’s creation, CMU leadership has focused on creating a practical, effective process for recruiting and retaining women and under-represented minorities, along with inclusive policies and practices that build a sense of community among people with many backgrounds, skills, and strengths. There is more important work to be done as we strive to make the CMU community welcome to all.