transforming jwu

transforming jwu

JWU Focus 2011 Tansforming JWU

By Piya Sarawgi-Fenn ’94, ’02 MBA

Being ambitious and bold has always been part of Johnson & Wales University’s DNA. Our current strategic plan, FOCUS 2011, is very much in keeping with that institutional characteristic. Studentcentric planning, an unwavering commitment to our mission, a strong university community and positive leadership with a clear vision of what JWU could become, have resulted in remarkable growth in recent decades.

Each of JWU’s previous strategic plans contributed substantially to the institution’s success. Enrollment growth, expansion of programs and facilities and fiscal stability were primary objectives in the past. These achievements created an identity for graduating skilled and proficient global professionals who are motivated to succeed.

In 2005, university leaders recognized that JWU’s prior successes built a strong foundation to move to the next level. A highly ambitious plan — FOCUS 2011 — would move beyond growth and pursue initiatives to strengthen the university by enhancing quality to support the institution’s mission. Designed with emphasis toward ongoing improvements across the board, the results have been transformative.

As members of the JWU community, we want everyone to appreciate how they impact and contribute to our ongoing success. The following pages illustrate “FOCUS in action” — stories and images that bring our strategic plan to life.

Every fall for the last four years, JWU administrators have personally brought each JWU campus community up to date on the progress of FOCUS 2011, and highlighted next steps. Readers can access the 2008–2009 update online.

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 

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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.