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The university will pause the strategic planning process for the foreseeable future to focus on immediate needs due to COVID-19, President Thomas LeBlanc announced in a message to the GW community on April 2.

GW’s Strategic Plan: Path to Preeminence

During the 2019-20 academic year, the George Washington University will undertake a strategic planning process to develop a plan that guides the university’s direction over the next five years.

The plan comes at a historic moment in the university’s life: It will lead GW toward its bicentennial celebration in 2021 and beyond, shaping the institution as it enters its third century.

With the advantage of the university’s strong foundation, the GW community has the opportunity to be bold as it seeks to fulfill its aspiration for preeminence as a comprehensive global research university.

To support this pursuit, the strategic plan will focus on quality within four pillars: 

  • World-Class Faculty
  • High-Quality Undergraduate Education
  • Distinguished and Distinctive Graduate Education
  • High-Impact Research

Faculty-led committees will examine each area and propose recommendations to achieving preeminence. 


Meet the Committees


“We have an incredible opportunity this year to shape GW’s future ahead of our bicentennial. 2021 is right around the corner. Now is the time to chart our path to preeminence. We face a moment of choice, and we must choose to lead.”

GW President Thomas LeBlanc

Strategic Plan Framework 

Strategic Plan Launch


On September 12, 2019, President Thomas LeBlanc discussed the framework for the strategic planning process with the university community and announced the formation of four committees to guide the strategic planning process.







Strategic Plan Updates


Get Involved

We thank members of the university community who have followed the work of the committees, participated in campus discussions and shared their ideas for moving GW forward related to the committees' interim reports. Your feedback has been invaluable and will help us in the next phase of drafting the Strategic Plan. Stay tuned for more information on providing feedback to this document and engaging with the provost.