Together, We Raise High; graphical presentation of George Washington on horse statue

Strategic Initiatives



The George Washington University’s strategic initiatives are five important areas of focus. Based on feedback from the university community, the initiatives present opportunities for enhancing the student experience, research, philanthropy and constituent engagement, medical enterprise and institutional culture.

The university has made progress on each initiative, committing to goals and chronicling the accomplishments that respond directly to input from students, faculty, staff and alumni.



Five Initiatives

Students Studying in the Science and Engineering Hall


Student Experience

GW students experience the university in many ways—in classrooms, residence halls and student space, through interactions with faculty and staff. Each experience should be positive and students’ GW careers, from enrollment to graduation, should be supported by a service-oriented community that cares about their success.  




GW Associate Professor of Chemistry Cynthia Dowd



The university will build on the research progress it has made, exploring ways to support research that continues to generate groundbreaking discoveries and innovative ideas.




George and students saying thank you to donors in Kogan Plaza


Philanthropy & Constituent Engagement

The aspiration of GW is to be a preeminent comprehensive global research university. GW relies on the support of its alumni, parent and friend communities to advance priorities and sustain the university mission. We are committed to strengthening these GW communities as partners in the success and growth of the university.



GW doctors at their white coat ceremony


Medical Enterprise

With its clinical and academic partners, GW is committed to a strategic planning process and enhanced alignment in its joint pursuit of preeminence as an academic medical enterprise.



Staff with George Washington mascot at a GW holiday video shoot


Institutional Culture

The university’s institutional culture affects the experience of each member of its community. GW’s culture should foster and maintain a commitment to service, engagement, belonging and respect, creating a positive, warm and welcoming environment for all.


President LeBlanc talks with students on UYard

— President Thomas J. LeBlanc

"We have heard so many great ideas from our community, and now we are transforming those ideas into action as we look toward our bicentennial. With this university-wide effort, we are moving GW forward. Our continued excellence, the new risks we will take and the investments that we will make, hinge on a common understanding:

Together, we raise high."