In the next ten years, Berkeley will – even more than it does today – push the boundaries of knowledge, challenge convention, and expand opportunity to create the leaders of tomorrow. To do this, we will invest heavily in the student experience, make new commitments within Berkeley’s research and academic spheres, and strive to make our institution a more welcoming and supportive place for people of all backgrounds.
These are the core messages in UC Berkeley’s new strategic plan, which the campus developed over the course of 2018 and published this past December. The plan – which is available at https://strategicplan.berkeley.edu/ – will be used to guide decision-making and investment on our campus over the next decade.
The plan calls for our institution to become as renowned for the quality of its student experience as it is for the excellence of its academic enterprise. We will foster stronger connections among and provide better support systems for our student populations. Acts of discovery – self-initiated projects that create new knowledge – will become a focal point of undergraduate study. Engagement with the world beyond campus, and reflection on the meaning of an education, will also be key to our academic ethos. The Berkeley experience won’t end with graduation: We will devise ways for alumni to return to their intellectual home throughout their lives. Other aspects of the plan examine our financial model, how we can achieve greater diversity in all of its forms, new directions for our near-term research agenda, and more.
I believe our campus has collectively developed a guiding framework that will help Berkeley reach new heights in the next decade, and I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to shepherd its implementation over the course of my tenure as chancellor. I encourage you to take a look at this plan to get a sense of the exciting directions we will be taking in the coming years.