A Vision for the University
Our vision of Johns Hopkins University in the 21st century is of an institution transformed by the intellectual, social, political, technical, and economic forces that are challenging all of higher education. We see great opportunities if we adapt to these events, rather than succumb to them, and if we shape the future, rather than wait to be shaped by it. Our recommendations embody the following vision of the University:
In keeping with a tradition of innovation, Johns Hopkins will redefine the model it established for research universities. It will create for the 21st century a paradigm of an interactive institution, broadly connected externally, and highly focused and collaborative internally. A global perspective will permeate all University endeavors.
Johns Hopkins will seek the most outstanding faculty and students to attain singular distinction in each division through leading edge research and scholarship and innovative academic and professional educational programs. Creative faculty will be increasingly involved in interdisciplinary areas at the forefront of intellectual frontiers. Students at all levels will be actively engaged in the University's central mission of advancing knowledge through close interaction with a faculty committed to teaching. While preserving a heritage of premier graduate education, Hopkins will commensurately strengthen the undergraduate program and increase its flexibility. Part-time and nontraditional educational programs will become integral to the University's mission as Hopkins serves a changing student population.
Hopkins will renew its reputation as an outstanding center for educational innovation by generating new models of pedagogy and developing applications of state-of-the-art instructional resources. A technologically advanced infrastructure will transform the provision of information and research support to faculty and students and extend the reach of Hopkins' programs beyond the campus. The University's scholars and researchers will be linked to colleagues and students around the world, and lifelong learning connections will be maintained with alumni the world over.
In the context of Hopkins' basic decentralized structure, a high degree of collaboration will characterize the relationships within and among the divisions, enhancing programs while preserving a sense of small scale and agility in decision making. Selective in its own academic offerings and services, Hopkins will establish partnerships with other institu- tions willing to coordinate programs and share resources. To a larger extent than ever before, Johns Hopkins University will become greater than the sum of its parts.
The University will build a strong and diverse community in which citizenship entails recognizing and appreciating the contribution of all members. A skillful and resourceful staff will be committed to advancing the University's central missions and dedicated to the high level of excellence that distinguishes research and teaching at the University. The work environment for all will be responsive to individual needs, supportive of their potential for professional growth and free of harassment. Johns Hopkins will demonstrate good institutional citizenship through constructive relationships with surrounding communities.
A continuous search for better ways of discovering, teaching, and serving, and the critical evaluation of all endeavors, will enable Johns Hopkins to sustain academic leadership throughout the 21st century as an intellectually rigorous, effective, technologically advanced, and international institution.
GO TO REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
GO TO JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY REPORTS
GO TO JHUNIVERSE
© 1994 The Johns Hopkins University.
Baltimore, Maryland. All rights reserved.