We all plan in our personal and professional lives. Plans are thoughtful estimations or
calculated understandings. It is necessary we remain flexible. A hallmark of Johnson
& Wales University is our history of planning. But it’s our ability to adapt and rise to
challenges beyond the plan and embrace them as opportunities that has allowed us to
flourish as a leader in career-focused education.
Adding degree programs in hospitality in 1972 and in culinary arts in
1973, establishing the Charlotte Campus in 2004, increasing institutional aid
in 2009 to $112 million to make education afforable — these are examples of JWU’s
ability to adjust and capitalize, yet stay focused on our students’ needs.
Even as issues are addressed, we’re staying true to the strategic goals of FOCUS
2011. Academic reviews are increasing rigor and relevance. Online learning is enhancing
student experience and faculty development while expanding our reach.
JWU is focused on reducing attrition. We’re adopting strategies to improve retention
we’ve exceeded our own goals, but we cannot become complacent.
We have reconfigured our career services to continue to provide students with
quality experiences while enhancing employer relations. We’re connecting hands-on
learning and career progression and increasing prospects for employment that meet
student and employer needs.
JWU has been affected by the economic decline, but we remain strong. We’re
developing our employees and acting prudently in our financial affairs. Our
2009 fall enrollment stands at 16,634 — testament to strong admissions efforts. The
academic profiles of new students continue to rise, as does our commitment to affordability.
Based on its 2008 evaluation, the university continues to be accredited by the
nation’s oldest regional accrediting association, the New England Association of
Schools & Colleges (NEASC). The commission strongly affirmed our strategic direction
and goals. The next comprehensive evaluation will be in 2018.
We’ve achieved much and look to the rest of the academic year with optimism. This
has been a demanding year. As we approach the holidays and reflect on what we’re
thankful for, I hope you’re thankful for being part of our vibrant JWU community, as
I am. I wish you a healthy and peaceful holiday season.
University President John J. Bowen ’77