Strategic Plan


  • Office of the President
    Fax: 202-885-3279
    President's Office Building, Room 1

    Neil Kerwin

Mailing Address
  • Strategic Plan Hero Read
  • two-year strategic plan progress report to board of trustees

    Progress Report

  • Strategic Plan Faculty

    Research, Teach, Create, and Serve

  • SP Campus Plan

    2011 Campus Plan

  • SP Scholars

    Academic Excellence


Great challenges and opportunities mark the next decade. Our nation will examine and adjust its role in the world and seek to improve its public and private institutions while exploring the dynamics and possibilities of a changing, diverse society and culture. In these historic efforts, American University will be an active and influential participant.

With our location in the nation’s capital, academic vibrancy, philosophical grounding, and dedication to engagement and service, American University will provide the intellectual and ethical leadership to shape emerging world views, forge new scholarly paths, and prepare our students to lead and serve in the city, nation, and world.

We will be guided in our work by a strategic plan that is based on the values expressed in our Statement of Common Purpose.


Sustainability Plan

The green roof on top of the Media Production Center is one of many sustainable elements on campus that helped earn American University a gold rating.

AU received a gold rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) and was selected as one of the greenest universities in the nation by The Princeton Review.

Office of Sustainability

Building a Better AU

Visit the Building AU website to read about facilities projects that support AU’s academic aspirations and enhance campus ambiance. You can also learn more about AU's Campus Plan.

Building AU

College Affordability

Find out how AU is educating students and families about college costs and loan indebtedness; financial literacy programs; and the value of an AU education.

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