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Issue: Spring 2011


  ISSUE: SPRING 2013  

CWRU thinks to the future with next strategic plan

The accomplishments of Forward Thinking, the university’s current strategic plan, have created a solid foundation for the future. But, like all of higher education, Case Western Reserve University will face complex issues that create challenges and uncertainty—as well as opportunities—in the coming years.

Navigating these challenges over the next five years and beyond will require a new boldness, an integrated culture and a disciplined focus.

Case Western Reserve must embrace a set of priorities that will sustain it as a premier, urban, comprehensive research university.

We invite you to help shape our future by reading the strategic plan and providing your feedback. The most current version of the internal working document is available at Key highlights are outlined below.

This document represents the work of more than 100 faculty, students, staff, alumni and friends, as well as input from:

  • Faculty Senate,

  • President’s Cabinet,

  • Executive, Academic Affairs and Student Life committees of the Board of Trustees,

  • Deans’ Council,

  • President’s Visiting Committee,

  • Corporate Visiting Committee,

  • International Visiting Committee,

  • College of Arts and Sciences Visiting Committee,

  • Alumni Association Board,

  • Graduate Student Senate,

  • Undergraduate Student Government and

  • Staff Advisory Council.

Feedback on the strategic plan can be provided on the website or emailed to Christine Ash, vice president for university planning and institutional research, at, or William A. “Bud” Baeslack III, provost and executive vice president, at



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ITS Update


ACTIVE LEARNING FELLOWSHIP: A new pilot initiative aims to enhance students’ learning environments by remodeling a few select classrooms.


Updating learning spaces to the Active Learning model will have a significant impact on how faculty members teach and students learn. To that end, the Office of the Provost and Information Technology Services are partnering to offer an Active Learning Fellowship to faculty who are enthusiastic about transforming a new or existing curriculum to work with the Active Learning model.


More details and an application can be found at


Faculty members who receive the fellowship will be given priority access to the remodeled Active Learning Classrooms.


To learn more, watch this video.





  Forward Progress is a quarterly newsletter from the Office of the Provost that keeps faculty and staff informed about implementation of the university's strategic plan. For more information or to offer feedback, visit the Office of the Provost's website.  




CWRU Strategic Plan 2014-2018


Key highlights of "Forward Thinking: The Experience" (draft title)

Questions? Comments? Email

To read a draft of the plan, visit

MISSION: To improve people’s lives through preeminent research, education and creative endeavors.

VISION: We aspire to be recognized internationally as an institution that imagines and influences the future.


Educating the Whole Person

  • Prepare students confident in their ability to be creative and resourceful, ready for productive careers, and eager to assume leadership roles as drivers of local and global change.

Sustain Academic Excellence

  • Support a thriving academic and residential experience that assures Case Western Reserve's status as a destination university for undergraduate, graduate and professional students.

Apply Our Research Expertise to Generate Solutions for Complex Societal Challenges

  • Be viewed among the leading universities working to solve complex problems of global importance in health, energy, the environment, and human interaction and imagination.

Create Agility and Resiliency

  • Develop the organizational capacity to generate new thinking, pursue new opportunities, and implement change efficiently and effectively.

Compete for the Best People, and Support and Celebrate Their Success

  • Recruit, retain and develop the best faculty, staff and students.


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