focus 2011 and You

focus 2011 and You

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By Piya Sarawgi-Fenn ’94, ’02 MBA

Why be interested in Johnson & Wales University’s current strategic plan, FOCUS 2011? Because you are a part of the JWU community. Because even as this plan advances JWU as a global leader in career education — proactive, competitive and relevant — it is deliberately preserving JWU’s mission, core values and academic purposes.

JWU began as a small business school in 1914. Today, it is a nonprofit, private institution of higher learning with multiple campuses, more than 16,000 students enrolled in programs through the doctoral level, nearly 2,000 employees, an endowment exceeding $200 million and more than 80,000 alumni worldwide. Such growth does not come without careful planning and an engaged university community.

FOCUS 2011 is a student-centric plan, demanding excellence in the classroom, enhanced student experiences, strong employer relations and hands-on education. It is built on strategies targeting recruitment, affordability and accessibility supported by multifaceted investments in structural, fiscal and human assets.

Spread the word about the value of a JWU education. You are a vital connection to the larger community and in our shared and ongoing success. These pages demonstrate “FOCUS in action” — stories and images that bring our strategic plan to life — as we strengthen our university.

For more in-depth information about the strategic goals of FOCUS 2011, view:
Strengthening the Experience
Strengthening Student Potential
Strengthening Career Opportunities
Strengthening the Foundation

Image: This equilateral triangle depicts the complex goals of FOCUS 2011. JWU students remain at the center of everything we do. We began by being more selective and making education affordable and accessible. More recently, our energies have shifted to our students’ academic, work and life experience. In the 2009–2010 academic year, ongoing work, in each area and in concert, is positively affecting retention and graduation rates, and our graduates’ career progression.

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goal of focus 2011

Through our strategic plan, FOCUS 2011, we will strengthen Johnson & Wales University to ensure that we attract and retain highly motivated and demonstrably capable students. As America’s career university, we will prepare them for professional success through academically rigorous, industry relevant and experientially based programs.