George Mason Strategic Plan 2014 – 2024

Strategic_Plan_Update_July 26 2019 Final Version

2019 Strategic Plan Update – February 27, 2019 BOV Final Version

2017 Strategic Plan Update – BOV Final Version

2014 Strategic Plan

Dear Colleague:

I am pleased to report that yesterday the Board of Visitors endorsed the updated version of the 2014-2024 Strategic Plan, culminating a campus-wide effort to assess our progress to-date and sharpen our strategic focus for the coming years.

I would like to thank everyone involved in the process: the dozens of working group and coordinating committee members who drafted the update and produced the metrics; the many faculty and staff who attended the November town hall; and the hundreds of individuals who provided comments, feedback, and suggestions. Your involvement was critical in producing a high-quality plan update and contributed to important discussions about our future, our priorities, and our mission.

I look forward to continuing these discussions. The plan needs to be a living document that helps guide decisions throughout the university and inspires new initiatives. In fact, the planning work doesn’t end here. Provost David Wu, Senior Vice President Jennifer Davis and their teams have already begun to flesh out a supporting resource plan which will be included in our May annual budget proposal to the board. This plan will project the human, operating and capital needs necessary to deliver on our ambitious goals across all academic disciplines and administrative units. We will also continue the work to align the strategic plans of academic and administrative units with the university’s plan.

While our initiatives will evolve as our environment continues to change in the years ahead, our mission – to be an inclusive and innovative academic community that provides broad access to higher education while delivering world-class research – will remain our guiding principle. This mission is ambitious and inspiring, and by no means easy. Yet our history has shown that few institutions can deliver on it as well as we can, and it is this shared sense of mission that makes us who we are.

Each one of you is critical in upholding that mission. Thank you for your vital role in making true Mason’s promise to be the best university for the world.


Ángel Cabrera, President

For questions about the Strategic Plan Update please contact Wanjiku Wainaina mwainai2@gmu.edu