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
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
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 For more information, visit Focus 2011 site Send feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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