Conclusion

What will the successful implementation of these strategies mean for Brown in the coming decade?

While we live in a time of considerable uncertainty, a number of outcomes are assured. One is that Brown will be grounded, as it is today, in its mission: Brown will continue to promote education and scholarship that provide immediate and long-term benefits to society in Rhode Island and around the globe; it will celebrate independent and creative thought while promoting a culture of collaboration; and it will sustain a community that represents the intellectual breadth and diversity of experience of our nation and the world.

Our primary ambition is to pursue Brown’s mission at a higher level of distinction, to raise Brown’s stature as a leading university that unites innovative teaching and outstanding research. Our strategy of focused investments in integrative scholarship and innovative teaching, combined with enhancements in academic excellence across the community, will achieve this end. Success will mean new discoveries that advance human well-being and new research that helps us understand the human condition. It will be reflected in an increase in the productivity of faculty members working at the forefronts of their fields, a rise in the standing of Brown’s graduate and medical programs, and a continued stream of outstanding undergraduates who go on to equally outstanding careers that reflect the high value of a Brown degree.

Overall, our plans reflect Brown’s deep commitment to the principles and goals of a liberal education.

The need for a global citizenry well-versed in the breadth of disciplinary approaches to societal issues and grounded in skills of critical thinking, communication, data analysis, and cultural understanding will become increasingly acute in the years ahead. The education our students receive will equip them to be leaders in their respective fields as well as outstanding global citizens.

Our plans reflect the collective aspirations of the Brown community, and the collective efforts of the Brown community will be required to realize our goals. With the support of dedicated faculty and staff, talented and creative students, and committed alumni, parents, and friends, we can build on our distinction and set Brown on a path of increasing academic excellence and societal importance during its second 250 years.