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Pepperdine 2030: Ascend Together

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Pepperdine's vision calls for the University to become a preeminent, global Christian University. That bold aspiration is shaped and formed by our relentless pursuit of faith and truth together and our abiding commitment to students as the heart of the educational enterprise.

The University's 2030 strategic planning process began in the fall of 2019, facilitated by the Strategic Planning Task Force, and sought participation by every segment of the University community. This process has resulted in the current draft of Pepperdine 2030: Ascend Together, which consists of a strategic guidance document approved and adopted by the Board of Regents, a presidential vision from president Jim Gash, and the University's proposed strategic plan, which includes six strategic objectives and numerous goals and initiatives.

The University is currently holding a 60-day period of review and comment on the strategic plan from June 28 through August 27. Once the strategic plan is finalized, a dashboard will also be available to the community showing our progress under the plan and areas in need of attention.

Enjoy exploring the Pepperdine 2030 strategic planning resources and join your fellow Waves as we seek to ascend to even greater heights of excellence . . . together.


Strategic Guidance and Vision

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The Board of Regents strategic guidance encapsulates the board's vision for the top five distinctive pathways Pepperdine must travel to become a premier, global Christian university that produces brilliant leaders of faith, character, courage, and creativity.

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Building on his inaugural address, Pepperdine's eighth president Jim Gash shares his vision for Pepperdine, inviting the community to imagine with him the University's grand and limitless future.


Strategic Plan Community Review

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The strategic plan identifies the University's strategic priorities in the decade ahead. Elements of the plan include a strategy roadmap that boldly articulates a path forward, the animating convictions that are core to our DNA, the goals and objectives that define our pursuit of excellence, and guidance for measurement and assessment that will allow us to benchmark performance and make meaningful progress toward our shared vision.

At the foundation of Pepperdine's success in achieving its strategic initiatives are its dedicated faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Feedback is critical to the plan's shaping, and, as the plan enters its final stages of review, community members are encouraged to share their feedback. The Strategic Plan Task Force has opened a 60-day review and comment period that will conclude on August 27, 2021. During this period, community members are encouraged to review the plan and offer written feedback. Please submit all feedback to strategicplan@pepperdine.edu.

All comments will be reviewed as they are received, and each will be granted careful consideration for incorporation into the final draft of the plan.