A Plan for the Decade at Johns Hopkins

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Step one:  Raise a gazillion dollars.

Step two:  Dominate academia. (That is, make sure that at least two-thirds of the school’s PhD programs are among the top 20 in their fields.)

Step three:  Already a local health-and-medicine powerhouse? Then become a worldwide health sciences empire. (“We operate programs and projects in more than 130 countries, with over $230 million a year in foreign expenditures around the globe, more than any other private college or university in the nation.” So, just keep doing that. But more.)

Step four:  Don’t neglect the undergrads. (The goal is to be one of the top 10 schools in the nation. According to the last US News ranking, Hopkins stood at #13.)

Step five:  Give students more stuff. (“We will create welcoming and inspiring spaces for students to meet, collaborate and socialize that are uniquely their own and connected to the larger community, including social spaces to foster student interaction, outdoor spaces that encourage engagement with the natural beauty of our historic campus, and multi-purpose event space for a range of activities and programming.” So it sounds like tuition isn’t going down any time soon.)

Step six:  Did we mention money? Get more money.

(All strategic moves courtesy University President Ronald Daniels’ “Ten x Twenty:  A Vision for Johns Hopkins University Through the Year 2020,” released this week.)

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