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Our North Star

Case Western Reserve is
a high-impact research university
that aspires to be a community
where humanity, science and technology meet
to create a just and thriving world

Learn more about the North Star statement.

Our Pathways

Four pathways lead to our North Star and guide decision-making. While they can stand alone, they are more impactful as they intersect.

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Pathway 1: Ignite Interdisciplinarity

The problems facing our globe and society are multi-faceted and complex, demanding solutions that require learning and expertise falling outside the boundaries of higher education’s traditional structures. Learn more about Pathway 1.


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Pathway 2: Integrate Humanity and Technology

From health-related inquiry to the social sciences and humanities, CWRU uses technology to deepen and enrich the disciplines, always keeping the human element at the center. Learn more about Pathway 2.


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Pathway 3: Achieve Social Impact

Social impact and the translation of knowledge is important to CWRU. To achieve a deeper impact, we must disseminate our research and teaching more widely beyond our campus, and we must embark on meaningful partnerships. Learn more about Pathway 3.


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Pathway 4: Shape the Agora

We believe in valuing how our campus, community and world treat and reflect one another. In a future where technology is a key driver, the need to focus on our human interactions is ever more necessary. Learn more about Pathway 4.