Over the 2018-2019 academic year, teams of faculty and staff worked to develop recommendations around realizing the university’s vision. Each team was given a charge, which varied based on disciplinary and programmatic distinctions, scope, and timeframe. The resulting work revealed synergies and informed the integration and distillation of Stanford’s strategic plan.
Design team work involved activities such as:
- Creating a baseline analysis of existing activities on campus
- Conducting outreach for stakeholder advice
- Researching best practices
- Recommending prioritized operational goals
- Evaluating existing resources to achieve the goals
- Establishing measures of accomplishment.
Team Reports and Updates
Below is a list of design and discovery teams and their charges, and recommendations that were made at the end of the planning process in May 2019. Note that because many of the plans underwent further refinement after publication, the full reports with recommendations are currently only available to members of the Stanford community via SUNet login.
To address the most concerning and complex affordability challenges our community faces. The task force is charged with developing a set of sustainable, wide-spread, data-informed recommendations to address near- and long-term affordability issues for the university’s populations who are most impacted by these regional challenges. Topics to be considered include housing, child care, transportation, and benefits.
Ethics, Society and Technology
To infuse our role in the technology revolution with ethics and societal considerations, we will empower faculty and schools with resources to:
- Research: Explore societal and ethical consequences of scientific and technological advances (e.g., genome editing, ubiquity of social media, autonomous vehicles) to magnify benefits and minimize downsides.
- Education: Ensure students are equipped to address societal and ethical impacts of science and technology.
To strategically deploy a suite of flexible resources and support nimble organizational models to spark new directions in fundamental and applied scholarship, and experimentation in pedagogy, curricular design and development of educational tools. To encourage a culture of strategic risk-taking and provide agility to respond to emerging societal challenges.
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access in a Learning Community (IDEAL)
To advance our commitment to the foundational values of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access in a Learning Community (IDEAL) through:
- Community: Develop a culture that excels at recruiting diverse talent.
- Access: Continue to diversify our student population through enhanced financial aid for a broad range of students and by gradually increasing enrollment of undergraduates.
- Education: Achieve sustainable change on campus by enhancing onboarding, advising and curricular content to meet the needs of diverse learners, and by ensuring that majors are available to students regardless of incoming preparation.
- Research: Become a site of scholarship to foster the goals of IDEAL at Stanford and for other learning communities, and improve data transparency to monitor and guide progress.
To support cutting edge research and experiments to advance learning and to accelerate the path from inquiry to application by developing shared platforms and resources in:
- Making Spaces
- Data Services & Research Computation (Design team commencing work in fall quarter 2019)
To advance the science of learning to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for all learners, at Stanford and beyond. To equip faculty with resources and data to create new approaches and flexible on-ramps to disciplines, and evaluate new methods of teaching and create tools to deepen learning.