The George Washington University (GW) will enter its third century in 2021. Vision 2021, the university’s Strategic Plan, reflects GW’s aspirations to provide a unique, rigorous education to every one of our students and to secure our position as one of the world’s premier research universities. By identifying trends in society in general and higher education in particular and understanding the university’s current strengths and limitations, the plan recommends a number of objectives and actions that intersect with the plan’s four themes.

GW’s exceptional strengths include a number of world-class academic programs, a unique location at the heart of the nation’s capital, and close ties to public and private institutions in the District of Columbia and the wider capital region. Many of the objectives and actions recommended by the plan have been enacted by various initiatives through the Office of the Provost.

These initiatives seize upon the academic opportunities afforded by GW’s location, diverse and accomplished expertise, and advancing research, as well as the unique cocurricular experiences and passionate interests of GW community.

Featured Initiatives

Provost Maltzman presenting graphics on screen

Core Indicators

Provost Maltzman presented the annual report on the core indicators including information about students and faculty. In order to increase transparency, the university has launched a new public dashboard that allows anyone to find information on GW enrollment. Information is available from 2009-2018. The Office of Institutional Research and Planning will add additional data to the dashboard in the future.

View the core indicators presentation from 2019 (PDF)
Developing Academic Leaders

Developing Academic Leaders

Academic leadership positions are very demanding and the context they are operating in is getting more complex. Cultivating strong academic leaders from within is critical to our pursuit of excellence. Building on GW’s annual new academic leader orientation and online Academic Leader Portal, two new programs are underway. A series of lunchtime seminars and the GW Academic Leadership Academy are in development. The goal is to help our leaders be successful and position them to promote positive change and institutional values.

Learn more about the GW Academic Leadership Academy
Research Ecosystem

Research Ecosystem

Research Ecosystem Review Phase I Report Released
The executive summary (PDF) outlines high-priority themes for additional focus and prioritization. The body of the full report is available to the GW community by emailing [email protected]. University officials already have implemented or are planning to implement improvements, including some based on suggestions in the report, with the goal of improving communication, streamlining systems and workflow and reducing administrative burden on researchers. The report concludes the first phase of work to review GW’s research efforts and marks a milestone for the university’s research strategic initiative.

View the GW Research Ecosystem: Preliminary Review and Evaluation (PDF)
Professor Volker Sorger in the Nanofabrication Suite

Nanofabrication Suite

As part of the GW Nanfabrication and Imaging Center, the Nanofabrication Suite enables researchers to design, create and test nano-scale devices, such as gadgets that can more quickly detect disease or small volumes of toxins in the environment. Housed within Science and Engineering Hall, the suite features state-of-the-art equipment for lithography, deposition, etching, thermal processes, measurement and characterization. The lab is a clean room and air is scrubbed of contaminants like hair and dust, which can easily destroy experiments.

Learn more about the Nanofabrication Suite
GW students at the International Monetary Fund

International Strategy

GW’s location in the heart of Washington, DC, provides the university with unparalleled access to leading multilateral institutions, nongovernmental organizations, major international press outlets, and the governments of 177 countries via their resident embassies. This is a singular advantage—no other university has as much potential for international engagement within footsteps of its doors. Our international strategy harnesses the power of these relationships to enhance our educational and research endeavors.

Learn more about GW’s international engagement
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We are committed to being a model of sustainability through efforts in operations, teaching, research, and outreach. We seek to engage the world by exploring sustainability policy and governance with a vision to create resource systems that are healthy and thriving for all. Initiatives through the Office of Sustainability and Sustainability Collaborative are implemented in partnership with stakeholders across the organization.

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Provost Forrest Maltzman at the STEMworks reopening event


As science, technology, engineering, and mathematics permeate every other discipline, GW is committed to providing STEM resources to students and faculty of all majors and disciplines. Located in Gelman Library, STEMworks is a one-stop shop for quantitative and spatial reasoning skills. With tutoring, consultation, and workshop services, STEMworks offers an opportunity to provide some students with the assistance they need and a chance for others to volunteer.

Learn more about STEMworks services
Provost Forrest Maltzman presenting GW's new budget model at an October 2016 faculty senate meeting

GW's New Budget Model

GW is in its third year of the new budget model. The new budget model is an alternative way to distribute resources to the university’s seven “open schools.” Previously, the budget model was complex and highly centralized. Under the new, decentralized budget model each "open school" receives an allocation that is based upon undergraduate credit hours taught, the school’s ability to attract and enroll graduate students, the amount of research dollars brought in, and a centralized allocated subsidy based upon the differential in teaching costs.

View the Faculty Senate budget presentation
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The George Washington Institute of Public Policy

The university has a great strength in public policy in virtually all our schools and colleges. The George Washington Institute of Public Policy (GWIPP) serves as a university-wide nexus for faculty and graduate students engaging in research on public policy issues. Our focus on cross-disciplinary collaboration may lead to ways of translating ideas into fresh approaches to problems of public policy.

Learn more about the GW Institute of Public Policy
Title IX Office staff members: Kiera Bloore, Rory Muhammad, Christina Franzino and Herbertia Gilmore

Title IX Office

A recent expansion of the university's Title IX office provides students with additional resources. New staff will focus on improving and strengthening GW's Title IX program, building greater capacity to meet student needs, and engaging the GW community in preventing any sex-based discrimination, harassment, or violence.

Learn more about the expansion of the Title IX Office