By Piya Sarawgi-Fenn ’94, ’02 MBA
Thanks to a culture of planning formalized in 1989 and since continued at regular intervals, Johnson &
Wales University has enjoyed tremendous success. Today, like other institutions of higher education, and
countless organizations across this country, JWU is tackling the challenges that an uncertain economy
brings. Despite this, we’re committed to investing in and strengthening the value of a JWU education.
The university’s current five-year strategic plan, FOCUS 2011, is ambitious, demanding rigor, relevance and
excellence in the classroom. It is raising the bar on student experiences outside the classroom. Greater selectivity
hasn’t negatively affected either enrollment or the diversity of JWU’s student body. In fact, making education
accessible and affordable remains at the heart of our efforts. FOCUS 2011 has compelled us to re-engineer our
approach to experiential education, career services and employer relations, and called for multifaceted investment
in our faculty and staff, finances and infrastructure.
We remain the destination and launch pad for driven students who are seeking a competitive edge in the
global economy. As members of our JWU community, we want you to appreciate how you impact and contribute
to the ongoing success of our university. The following pages illustrate “FOCUS in action,” and bring JWU’s
strategic plan to life.
image above: A celebratory mood dominated all four JWU campuses in
May 2009, as our university community, graduates, family and
friends marked commencement.
For more in-depth information about the strategic goals of FOCUS 2011, view:Strengthening the ExperienceStrengthening Student PotentialStrengthening Career OpportunitiesStrengthening the FoundationFor 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