Tufts is a university dedicated to producing the highest levels of research and scholarship (R&S). R&S are core to our identity and mission–to learn, produce knowledge, and contribute to society–and are foundational to our commitment to being a student-centered research institution.
Securing our strengths and planning our future in R&S requires ideas and efforts from all parts of the University. It also entails a deep understanding of Tufts’ capabilities, areas in which we can improve, and the opportunities and challenges we face. Finally, it takes thoughtful planning to implement the vision for Tufts R&S in the years ahead.
We have asked Simin Nikbin Meydani, vice provost for research, to lead this R&S planning effort on behalf of the University. We have asked her to consult widely and develop R&S priorities that Tufts should consider in making long-term decisions.
Strategic planning is not a routine or frequent undertaking. Ideally it is carried out periodically and looks several years into the future. Following on T10—the University-wide strategic plan approved in 2013—Tufts schools and centers have been conducting their own strategic planning using T10 as a guide. This Tufts R&S planning is intended to build on, not supplant, these school/center efforts, or to prescribe R&S priorities for them. Rather, we’re aiming at overarching, long-term, University-wide priorities that will support our schools and centers. We look forward to your full participation, suggestions, and innovative ideas as we embark on this journey.
Former Provost and Senior Vice President