Building on Distinction

Operational Plan

Three operational plans translate the bold aspirations of Building on Distinction into concrete actions.

The University conceived Building on Distinction as a living document.

In 2015, the Operational Plan for Building Brown’s Excellence translated the strategic plan’s inspiring goals into concrete actions designed to enable the University to fulfill its mission and consolidate its role as a leader in higher education and research. The following year, after a community-wide process, the University launched Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion: An Action Plan for Brown University as a companion to the strategic plan, outlining steps for Brown to become a fully diverse and inclusive community. 

During the summer of 2018 Provost Richard M. Locke worked with academic and administrative colleagues to review, reconsider and refine the original Operational Plans. This highly collaborative and data-driven process assessed progress made toward the original goals outlined in the Operational Plan; made adjustments based on new strategic priorities and major updates within each area of the plan; and sharpened strategic and fundraising goals for the remainder of the BrownTogether fundraising campaign. 

The three operational plans identify areas for investments that reflect Brown’s core values and are centered on people (faculty, students, community) and academic programming (teaching and research). These are complemented by investments in physical resources in specified areas of need and opportunity.

The plans position the University to maximize its distinctive approach to teaching and research, and advance knowledge through rigorous scholarship; sustain a diverse and inclusive campus environment where all members can fulfill their potential; prepare creative, capable and nimble global leaders; and continue to cultivate a culture of curiosity and collaboration that is central to developing solutions to the world’s great challenges. 

$ 100 million

gift names the Carney Institute for Brain Science

100 %

of undergraduates receiving financial aid have no loans in their financial aid packages

$ 53.4 million

grant awarded by the National Institute on Aging, the largest federal award in Brown’s history