- Excellence in Rutgers' core
mission activities of teaching, research, and public service
will continue to be the primary focus for planning throughout
- Undergraduate education in
the liberal arts and sciences is the university's academic foundation;
a commitment to excellence in undergraduate education is central
in planning for all three campuses.
- Excellence in graduate and
professional education and research, recognized in 1989 with
election to the Association of American Universities, also remains
a central thrust in Rutgers' planning.
- Service to the state at a high
level of excellence is the third basic commitment in Rutgers'
tripartite mission as a public research land-grant institution
and must continue to be one of the key concerns of the university,
particularly in our extensive outreach efforts in research, instruction,
and other forms of assistance.
- Future development will build
on our strengths in the academic disciplines, will provide innovative
responses to critical needs, and will provide cost-effective
use of university resources.
- Growth areas in instruction
and research will build upon existing strong programs on all
three campuses. In addition to liberal arts and sciences, these
include the academic disciplines of cognitive science and neuroscience,
creative arts, engineering, environmental studies, gender studies,
information science and related fields, international studies,
and life sciences and agriculture. The university is also committed
to enhancement of its professional studies programs.
- The university will undertake
innovative multidisciplinary initiatives at all campuses in order
to strengthen its contributions to research, instruction, and
public service throughout the state. These initiatives will be
selected because they can build on existing university strengths,
promise to result in unique academic opportunities for the university,
or are of great social significance.
- The university will continue
to engage in a process of internationalization of the curriculum
that will yield exciting opportunities throughout the university
for research and instruction in global issues.
- Computer and information technology
will be integrated into the curricula, pedagogy, and administration
of the university in order to provide our students with the knowledge
and skills they need in the Information Age and to furnish the
university with the tools it will need to function in this new
- Enhanced cooperation among
units will be strongly encouraged. Cooperation among the three
campuses, and interaction among academic departments and centers,
bureaus, and institutes will provide significant opportunities
for improvements in instruction, research, and service.
- Continuous quality monitoring,
communication, assessment, and improvement will be conducted
by the university to increase efficiency, control costs, and
ensure accountability to the university's many stakeholders.
- The criteria for assigning
additional resources to units will be excellence, centrality
to the university's tripartite mission, diversity, and responsiveness
to critical needs:
- Excellence in instructional
programs, faculty scholarship and creative endeavors, and service
will be nurtured. Units that have already achieved excellence,
or are positioned to do so, at all campuses will have high priority.
- Programs and activities that
are central to our tripartite mission will be supported.
- The university will continue
to support diversity in student, faculty and staff recruitment
and in curricular and college life programs.
- Rutgers will continue to be
responsive to emerging critical needs, so that the university,
as a statewide system, remains at the forefront of instruction,
research, and service.