Planning Process

Beginning with a white paper in 2018, Boston University’s Office of the Provost set about developing a Strategic Plan that would carry the University successfully through the coming decade. Over a two-year period, the planning process comprised four distinctive phases, with the University currently in Phase 4: implementation of the plan.

Phase 1


Developed a white paper summarizing data on our accomplishments since 2007, with a data-driven assessment of where BU is since our first Strategic Plan

Phase 2

9/2018 – 4/2020

Launched a University-wide Task Force and engaged the campus community to develop a vision and priorities for the future

Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Kenneth Feld performs the Call to Order at the beginning of the 2018 Boston University Commencement on Nickerson Field on May 20, 2018.

Kenneth J. Feld, Chairman of the Board of Trustees

Phase 3


Translated the vision into a plan approved by the Board of Trustees

Phase 4

5/2020 – 4/2021

Development of detailed planning and launching of implementation


Statistics & Facts


listening sessions with 1,000+ faculty, staff, and students


members of the Strategic Planning Task Force, with a representation of faculty from across the University


subcommittees to develop plans for Digital Learning & Resources and Scholarly Resources & Services-Libraries


members of the Board of Trustees gave approval

Market research by The Art & Science Group


comment period to collect the BU Community’s thoughts on an evolved Strategic Vision Statement