Report to the President

Boston University’s Charles River campus at night

UPDATE: On April 12, 2007, President Robert A. Brown presented a draft strategic plan to the Boston University Board of Trustees. The Board endorsed this plan, which culminates a year of intensive community-wide discussion. The approved plan is available on the President’s website.

To learn more about the University’s planning process and the steps that led to the approved strategic plan, you can read the report of the Strategic Planning Coordinating Task Force and the feedback posted by members of the BU community in the online forum.

The Strategic Planning Coordinating Task Force, comprising both faculty and administrators, was convened in the summer of 2006. Members were asked to review the individual strategic plans developed by the University’s seventeen Schools and Colleges, along with data on student enrollment trends, student satisfaction surveys, and the University’s financial condition, and then to propose a set of priorities for the next decade.

Using these materials, the Task Force worked to identify common themes, challenges, and goals. President Brown invited us to think broadly, as unfettered and informed advocates for BU’s future students. Our meetings were marked by spirited discussion and a deep, shared conviction that Boston University has immense potential to distinguish itself through excellence in research and through our uniquely comprehensive and engaged undergraduate educational experience. Early on we recognized the University’s complexity and its remarkably wide range of departments, Schools and Colleges, and administrative units. From this understanding came our vision of One BU – an inclusive, integrated, and connected University that works in concert to leverage its significant strengths.

We invite you to read the Task Force’s report to Dr. Brown, and hope that you will actively participate in the University-wide conversation about planning. We are eager to hear your responses to the report, and encourage you to share your comments and suggestions via the online forum.