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Portrait of Dean Caroline Freund; the right side has a blue overlay with the UC San Diego branded element of a stylized tridentStrategic Plan 2022-2027

Focusing on the Future


At the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS), we are a true global society of faculty, staff, students and community partners dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through education and research. While our school stands among the world’s top graduate schools of international affairs and public policy and is the established leader in its focus on Asia and the Americas, we recognize that we are experiencing a fundamental shift in the higher education industry. 

Educational innovation, data fluency, relevant continuing education, life-long learning and advancements in technology are changing the way we do business. As we look to the future, we need to harness the expertise of our world-class faculty, the talents of our staff, the experience of our community members and the entrepreneurial spirit of GPS to keep us at the forefront of our industry. 

With this in mind, we are embarking on a Strategic Planning Process. This process will align our vision and mission, shape our identity and positioning and determine strategic priorities that will assist us in seizing opportunities that will advance and enrich our community. The plan will be inclusive of the thoughts and input of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, advisory board and university leadership. In addition, we have partnered with external resources that will provide qualitative and quantitative research to help us make evidence-based decisions and bring unique insights to the process. 

Guided by the UC San Diego values of collaboration, excellence, diversity, equity and inclusion, and entrepreneurial innovation, we seek to create a plan that will align with our university's mission and transform our diverse and global society through education, research and service.

This is an important endeavor, one that we believe is important to get right. In order to keep our entire community informed on our progress, please visit our Strategic Planning Page on the GPS website. We will provide you with up-to-date information and a portal to submit ideas and feedback as we move forward. 

Thank you for your partnership in this endeavor,

Caroline Freund
Dean