By Piya Sarawgi-Fenn ’94, ’02 MBA
Under its current strategic plan, FOCUS 2011, Johnson & Wales University set its sights on raising the bar in qualitative and quantitative ways, and transforming the institution. The tie binding these academic, administrative, financial and operational initiatives is the goal of providing students relevant and rewarding experiences — both inside and beyond the classroom.
FOCUS 2011 launched before the global recession. The uncertain economy demanded deliberate decisions, strategic choices and targeted outside funding geared to meet the university's most pressing needs. Even as JWU enhanced its facilities and infrastructure, the university continually tried to make education affordable for students.
In this final year of FOCUS 2011, we take a look at the physical transformation across JWU's four campuses in recent years. Every state-of-the-art upgrade came with a substantial price tag. Over the past five years, JWU has invested $115 million in property, plant and equipment. Through all these physical improvements, the university remained committed to urban revitalization and thoughtful historic renovation. We encourage alumni and friends to visit and experience these new structures firsthand at each of our campuses.
Strengthening the Foundation:
North Miami Campus
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