Strategic Plan

Academic excellence
Our strategy for enhancing Academic Excellence includes plans to hire 40 new full-time
faculty members, and continuing to strengthen support for all faculty across the college
through faculty development, internal grants, support for external grants, teaching support, and other means.


Building on the Strategic Plan developed by the Emerson community and adopted by the Board of Trustees in 2011, and informed by our understanding of national conversations about higher education as they pertain to Emerson, we have identified five strategies for achieving our objectives:

  • Academic Excellence
  • Civic Engagement
  • Internationalization and Global Engagement
  • Innovation
  • Financial Strength

These strategies support our core values, objective, and vision for the College.

As we implement these strategies, we are guided in all of our work by a central assumption: that our excellence as a college is tied to the diversity of people, ideas, and activities that together constitute the fabric of our daily lives on campus. The College’s “Inclusive Excellence” initiative (built on foundational work by the Association of American Colleges and Universities) infuses our thinking about each of our strategic priorities and our vision for the College.

“Excellence is aspirational. It is not about being, but about becoming.... Excellence is also strategic and focused.... It means not doing some things so you can put your resources, talent, and energy in that which really matters, in that which has the best change of compelling transformation and change.”