Together Duke


Together Duke, our university’s academic strategic plan, was approved in May 2017 and is being implemented university-wide.

The university’s overarching vision for the next decade is to “grow, connect, and empower diverse and inclusive communities of excellence to enhance the creation, delivery, and translation of knowledge for a rapidly changing world.” We will attain this vision through programming and activities that support three core themes, outlined below. Visit the Together Duke website to view the full plan, as well as the history, goals, and current initiatives.


View the full Academic Strategic Plan.

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Previous University Strategic Plans (since 1970)

Strategic Plan Year President Provost
Summary Report of the University Planning Committee 1972 Terry Sanford John Blackburn
Planning for the Eighties 1978 Terry Sanford Frederic Cleaveland
Directions for Progress 1980 Terry Sanford William Bevan
Crossing Boundaries: Interdisciplinary Planning for the 1990s 1988 Keith Brodie Phillip Griffiths
Shaping Our Future: A Young University Faces a New Century 1994 Nannerl Keohane John Strohbehn
Building on Excellence: The University Plan 2001 Nannerl Keohane Peter Lange
Making a Difference: The Strategic Plan for Duke University 2006 Richard Brodhead Peter Lange
Together Duke: Advancing Excellence through Community 2017 Richard Brodhead Sally Kornbluth