Building on Distinction

Strategic Plan

Brown University’s 10-year strategic plan sets forth a broad vision and goals to ensure the University’s capacity to fulfill its mission of teaching, research and service at the highest levels of excellence into the next decade and beyond.

Brown has been steadfast in pursuing investments and aligning resources to build strength in the foundational areas of the strategic plan. These include elevating our academics through investments in Brown’s people and programs; developing the physical campus to provide the infrastructure to advance world-class education, research and the community; and supporting the students, faculty and staff who live and work at Brown and are at the core of what we do every day.

In the first five years:

$ 528 million

invested in capital projects


new endowed chairs established

$ 927 million

in scholarship aid awards

The University has realized significant and measurable progress toward its original goals and aspirations, guided by the Operational Plan for Building Brown’s Excellence (2015)which translated the strategic plan’s vision into a set of concrete actions, as well as Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion: An Action Plan for Brown University (2016), which established concrete actions to fulfill the strategic plan's priorities for building a fully diverse and inclusive community. Given this progress, the University refined the priorities in with a revised operational plan in 2018 to reflect progress made toward the original goals and adjust them based on new strategic priorities.  

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