FOCUS 2022 Sets Course for University’s Future

As announced last month to the Johnson & Wales University community, FOCUS 2022—JWU’s recently launched, five-year, strategic plan—will continue the university’s mission to provide our students an exceptional education that inspires professional success and lifelong personal and intellectual growth. At its conclusion, Johnson & Wales will be known for its preeminence in the study of food, interdisciplinary course offerings, experiential learning, exceptional faculty and a global and diverse student body.

Called “bold and ambitious” by Providence Campus President and Chief Operating Officer Mim L. Runey, LPD, the plan articulates the university’s vision for its future which builds on recent advancements and institutional mission.

“Johnson & Wales University has evolved from a world leader in culinary and hospitality education to a university that has built upon that excellence to provide students with opportunities in a wide breadth of industry-relevant disciplines,” the plan’s vision statement reads. “With FOCUS 2022, JWU is committed to the introduction of innovative, interdisciplinary programs of study leading to high growth professions and careers.”

The five-year plan calls for significant advancements in the academic arena, including the creation of a new college focused on an interdisciplinary approach to food where Johnson & Wales will leverage its global reputation in culinary education and establish itself as a leader in the “study of food and its relationship to the world we live in.” It also forecasts an exceptional and diverse faculty highly engaged in the most effective teaching and learning methods. The launch of a Faculty Institute to promote excellence in teaching and learning, scholarship, and a collaborative exchange of ideas will boost this initiative.

The plan embraces the development of an “interdisciplinary curriculum designed to allow students to explore and navigate careers in a variety of industries and professions,” and envisions significant growth in graduate level program offerings and online education enrollments.

Hear more from President Runey about FOCUS 2022 in this video.