Strategic Initiatives at Tufts

Tufts is engaged in five strategic initiatives that together will position the university to address challenges facing all of higher education, while remaining true to its core values of teaching and learning, research and scholarship and impact on society.

In envisioning the way forward for Tufts, President Anthony P. Monaco launched these initiatives to:

  • Develop educational, research and operational priorities for the university;
  • Identify appropriate resources to fund these priorities; and
  • Ensure that Tufts has the facilities, technology and infrastructure to achieve them.

Below are brief descriptions of each initiative, with links to learn more and get involved.

Capital Plan

Tufts is developing a comprehensive five-year Capital Plan to ensure that the university has the facilities, technology and infrastructure to support the priorities identified through the strategic-planning process (Tufts: the Next 10 Years) and the Tufts Effectiveness in Administrative Management project (TEAM). Funded through bonds, gifts and cash resources, future capital projects will be conceived and designed to achieve energy efficiency and lessen environmental impacts. As the plan develops, additional information will be posted on the Executive Vice President's website.

Council on Campus Sustainability

Tufts has a long history of global environmental leadership. In February 2012, President Monaco established the Council on Campus Sustainability, which he chairs, to examine Tufts' major sources of environmental impact: energy and emissions, water use and waste management. The Council's strategic objectives include achieving measurable, steady improvements in emission levels; promoting a culture of sustainability; and leveraging sustainability programs and activities to unify and engage internal and external stakeholders. A report was released to the Tufts community in May 2013.


Tufts: The Next 10 Years (T10)

In October 2012, President Monaco and Provost David Harris launched the strategic-planning initiative Tufts: The Next 10 Years (T10), which will create a roadmap for where the university aspires to be over the next decade. Shaped by input from across the Tufts community, this strategic plan will be a living document that will evolve to address the university's changing needs and priorities.

"At least once in every generation we must rediscover Tufts. That means we must engage with one another to learn about our collective dreams, capacities, and challenges." - David Harris, Provost and Senior Vice President.

Tufts Effectiveness in Administrative Management (TEAM)

The goal of the TEAM Project is to improve administrative effectiveness and efficiency, equipping the university to meet the financial challenges confronting higher education. Administrative effectiveness planning is a way for Tufts to take positive action to ensure the administration is appropriately structured to support the university's strategic plan and its core mission of teaching, research and impact on society.

"We need to deliver services in the most effective, efficient way possible so that Tufts prudently uses its resources to preserve and enhance its core mission," said Executive Vice President Patricia Campbell, who is leading the project.

Council on Campus Diversity

In March 2012, President Monaco established the university-wide Council on Campus Diversity, which he chairs, to advance Tufts' commitment to diversity and to strengthen the cultural understanding and awareness of all students, faculty and staff. Without diversity, Tufts cannot achieve its strategic goals and aspirations. "Diversity drives excellence," Monaco said. The Council released its final report in December 2013, and its recommendations are now being implementation in a collaborative process engaging the schools, central operating divisions, and senior administration.