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A Vision for Stanford

Since its founding, Stanford has embraced new ways of thinking about its missions of research, education and service. Over the past year, Stanford has tapped the wisdom of its community to anticipate and navigate the breathtaking pace of change of our world today.

In Spring 2017, Stanford leaders invited the university community to share its ideas for Stanford’s future. Taking the big themes from these ideas, Stanford’s president and provost, executive cabinet and other leaders have worked to chart a purposeful course for the university.  Through this process, the voice of the community has shaped Stanford’s long-range vision for its future.

2,808Ideas submitted by students, faculty, staff, academic staff, postdocs and alumni
108Members of the Area Steering Groups created 37 white papers
Four Key AreasEducation, Research, Our Community, Engagement Beyond Our University

Learn about the Stanford Vision

We will spark knowledge and creativity, advance learning, and accelerate impact for the benefit of humanity.

Vision Presentation

President Tessier-Lavigne's presentation on the Stanford Vision
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Read article from Stanford News

“A purposeful university promotes and celebrates excellence as a means to magnify its benefit to society.”

Marc Tessier-Lavigne


Next Steps

Near-term Actions

The university will continue to address near-term issues and take timely actions in support of the community.

Design Phase

Design teams engage and submit recommendations for implementation.

June – August 2018:
Laying the groundwork

September 2018 – June 2019:
Design teams engage

Execution Phase

2019 academic year and beyond