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2024 Plan Update

In 2024, UC San Diego is embarking on an important effort to refresh our 10-Year Strategic Plan. This refresh is important to ensure that we remain focused on the priorities that will support our continued growth and transformation as a public university.

Our first-ever strategic plan was implemented in 2014 by Chancellor Khosla with input from more than 10,000 members of our campus community. It has served as a framework and guide for campus growth and been highly successful. The plan has driven UC San Diego to achieve unprecedented results, continued growth and wide-ranging impact and physical, cultural and intellectual transformation as a top-10 public research university. For a comprehensive look at our university growth and transformation, check out our By the Numbers page.

We are excited to continue the momentum we have established into the next decade. For our plan to represent the diverse voices and needs of our university, the input of our students, faculty, staff and community is critical. We are not starting from scratch but are seeking your input to help fine tune this plan for the next 10 years.

Update: New IdeaWave Campaign and Research Themes Survey are live. Log in to share your ideas!

2024 Strategic Plan Refresh Planning Process

Our process is designed to enable and empower the UC San Diego community with a refreshed plan that is not prescriptive but inspires, guides and connects all of us. It also will help identify efficiencies and lead us to ways that we can streamline and advance our increasing ambitions, despite constrained resources.

Phase One: Reflection Fall 2023

We began the first of a four-phase planning process in late 2023 by engaging members of the Chancellor’s leadership cabinet, vice chancellors, deans and Academic Senate leadership to reflect on accomplishments over the past 10 years and to consider new opportunities over the next 10 years. As an outcome of these discussions, the mission, vision and goals were updated to provide a framework for the plan refresh.

Phase Two: Ideation January – March 2024

IdeaWave Campaign and Research Themes Survey Now Open

The second phase of the process is focused on ideation. Our university community will have several easy opportunities to contribute to the plan during this phase.

Vice chancellors, deans and academic leaders are convening faculty, staff and students in their constituent departments, units and sections to brainstorm bold, creative ideas that align with our updated mission and vision and advance our goals and research themes. These facilitated gatherings will encourage open, respectful conversations to gather input. Many of these sessions may take advantage of existing meetings or sessions that have already been calendared; others may be in process. Check with your leadership team for more information on how to participate in one of these sessions between January and March.

The greatest ideas and innovations emerge from collaboration, diverse perspectives and a vision for what is possible. A two-week Strategic Plan Refresh IdeaWave campaign and Research Themes Qualtrics survey have been launched to crowdsource ideas and provide additional mechanisms for everyone in our community to contribute to this important process.

The Strategic Plan Refresh IdeaWave campaign asks for your ideas around three key questions, and what steps we can take to achieve our ambitious mission and vision across seven goals. The Research Themes Qualtrics survey is designed to provide an opportunity for you to share your input and ideas on how we can advance our four research themes and priorities, and grow and expand this critical and world-renowned function at UC San Diego. 

The Strategic Plan Refresh IdeaWave campaign and Research Themes Qualtrics survey are open to all faculty, students and staff at UC San Diego.

Both platforms will close at 5 p.m. on March 1, 2024, so we encourage you to log in and contribute your big, bold ideas for the future of UC San Diego soon.

Phase Three: Convergence, April – June 2024

In Phase 3, we will compile the input from our campus community and begin to converge the ideas under broad themes. We also will engage important external community members during this phase, to update them on plan progress and identify opportunities where we may be able to work together to achieve our goals.

Phase Four: Articulation, July-Fall 2024

During the final phase of the plan refresh process, we will align on ideas, activations, programs and initiatives under the goals and research themes and in support of our mission and vision.

In the fall, we will draft the refreshed 2024 Strategic Plan, informed and shaped by the input of our university community and key external partners. The plan will be launched in the fall to help shape the ongoing future transformation and growth of UC San Diego.

Thank you very much for participating in this process and for your ongoing commitment to UC San Diego.

2024 Strategic Plan Refresh Updated Mission

UC San Diego will transform California and a diverse global society by educating, generating and disseminating knowledge and creative works, providing high-quality health care and engaging in public service.

2024 Strategic Plan Refresh Updated Vision

To be a destination public university that is student-centered, research-driven, patient-dedicated and service-oriented.

2024 Strategic Plan Refresh Updated Goals

Through the pursuit of seven distinct yet interrelated goals, we will collectively push boundaries in all we do, striving always to make a meaningful positive difference in our world and the world around us.

Student experience. Transforming the educational experience to develop learners who lead and innovate in a complex world.

High-impact research. Enabling a collaborative culture of scholarship and discovery that extends the frontiers of knowledge and improves lives.

Health-care excellence. Expanding a world-class academic health system to deliver innovative, accessible and compassionate care.

Diversity and access. Building a university that embeds diversity, equity and inclusion; encourages open dialogue; and provides affordable access.

People and purpose. Creating an experience that attracts and develops academics and staff who work together in the continuous pursuit of excellence.

Community partnership. Forging two-way connections that promote social equity and shared prosperity regionally and globally.

Sustainable infrastructure. Optimizing operations to establish sustainable financial and physical infrastructure in support of our vision.

2024 Strategic Plan Refresh Proposed Research Themes

The following research themes will help us shape and prioritize the types of future research we will want to explore. We want to hear from you! The Research Themes Qualtrics survey is now open to provide an opportunity for you to share your input and ideas on how we can advance our four research themes and priorities, and grow and expand this critical and world-renowned function at UC San Diego.

Understanding and protecting the planet

Explaining and effectively communicating environmental change, engineering economically viable solutions that will enhance the resilience of society, and recommending necessary policy changes and assessing their economic impact.

Enriching human life and society

Improving health and alleviating ailments, and mitigating social disparities through education, resources, historic perspectives, technologies and communication.

Exploring the basis of human knowledge, learning and creativity

Probing the structure and workings of the human brain to discover the relationship between the brain and behavior; the impact of genetics, history and culture on how we think and act; the surging and ebbing movements of nations and populations; and the nature of knowledge itself.

Understanding cultures and addressing disparities in society

Revealing the full richness and breadth of human experience: build an appreciation of diverse cultures, perspectives, value systems, historical contexts, governance and organizational structures; and foster the creation of new means of expression, analyses and social organizations that will be important intellectual tools for the next generation.