Academic Master Plan

Our Foundation for Success

The Academic Master Plan will serve as the roadmap for Rutgers–New Brunswick’s future, clarifying strategies to accomplish the university’s academic mission in its pursuit to be a national leader among institutions of higher education that exemplify excellence in inclusive research, pedagogy, and service toward the common good.

The plan is a living document built upon four essential pillars of academic accomplishment—with a shared focus on students, community, leadership, and research—which empower us to chart a path forward and reflects the values held dear by our faculty, students, staff, and alumni.

With shifting demographics and evolving student needs, higher education is at a crossroads. Institutions like Rutgers–New Brunswick can’t just be braced for change, they must create it in order to thrive in the 21st century.

Chancellor Francine Conway

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Four Pillars of Excellence

Achieving our goals of leadership will bring out the best in all of us. Our success will be built upon a foundation of essential academic accomplishments.

Rutgers–New Brunswick will develop scholarly leadership of intellectual communities that bolster diversity of inquiry in STEM and our commitment to serve the public good.

Rutgers–New Brunswick will focus its research expertise to solve grand challenges in our community, state, country, and the world–enhancing the impact of our research and scholarship across all areas of inquiry to reflect our commitment to the public good.

Rutgers–New Brunswick ensures the success of its students through steadfast support for student belonging, well-being and preparedness to learn and work in diverse communities across disciplinary differences to contribute to the greater public good.

Rutgers–New Brunswick values strong relationships with its community and leverages interdisciplinary approaches and community-engaged pedagogy to strengthening civic partnerships, foster public scholarship and engage its members in community-based initiatives.

Designing the Roadmap

Creation of the Academic Master Plan was a long and thoughtful process, relying upon the collaborative input of faculty, staff, students, and the Rutgers–New Brunswick community at large.

Faculty and staff on the Steering Committee
Town Hall attendees
Faculty and staff survey responses
Student survey responses