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University Goals

To advance William & Mary's distinctive excellence and achieve our vision for the future, we will pursue the following high-level goals.

Meeting the Most Pressing Needs of Our Time

W&M’s strategic plan, Vision 2026, tackles 21st-century imperatives directly, expanding our reach in data and computational sciences, water conservation, the history and future of democracy and career pathways for graduates.

University Initiatives

In the next five years, we will build on our strengths and focus efforts on four cornerstone initiatives — that are pan-university and transcend all of the goals — of significant local, national and global impact.

Initiative: Data


William & Mary will lead the evolution of the liberal arts and sciences by integrating computational thinking and data fluency into a bold and dynamic learning experience that advances inquiry, discovery and innovation.

Initiative: Water


William & Mary will lead in finding innovative solutions to ensure the resilience of the world’s oceans, coasts and waterways.

Initiative: Democracy


William & Mary will lead essential efforts to practice and promote democratic ideals in the pursuit of a more perfect union.

Initiative: Careers


William & Mary will lead in the preparation of lifelong learners equipped to navigate rapid change and thrive from their first job to their last.

What is Vision 2026?

What impact will the university's strategic plan have on the entire William & Mary community and beyond? How does it position the university to address pressing global challenges? Are there opportunities for me to get involved? President Katherine Rowe, Provost Peggy Agouris, Former Vice Provost for Academic and International Affairs Steve Hanson and Chief Career Officer Kathleen Powell discuss W&M's roadmap for the future.

Planning In

Discover specific ways units are planning in to these university goals and initiatives.