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The Plan

The UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS) is a global society of faculty, staff, students, alumni, university leadership and community partners dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research, education and public engagement.

With thoughtful input from our community, we present the following five-year strategic plan to support our aspirational goal to be a globally recognized school of innovative, policy-relevant scholarship that trains the next generation of leaders.

GPS Strategic Plan Mission and Values Circle

As a united community:

Our Mission

Frontier research, education and public engagement to address the world’s most critical challenges

We Value

Academic Excellence, Innovation, Impact, Inclusion and Collaboration

Together We Will

Pursue five overarching aspirational goals that will set the trajectory for the school between 2022-2027. Our goals are to:

  1. Affirm our position as a top International Affairs and Public Policy school
  2. Be recognized for specific areas of excellence and unique competitive advantage
  3. Attract best in class and more diverse student body
  4. Expand active stakeholders' support of GPS
  5. Ensure prominent position in UC San Diego system worthy of additional investment

Strategic Areas of Focus

In order to streamline our efforts, we have developed four broad priorities that will guide our actions and hold us accountable to our local and global community.

Focus and Differentiate Our Academic Product

GPS is the place where people come to ask relevant questions and solve pressing problems related to economic, political, environmental and technological challenges. Through our world-renowned faculty, research, scholarship and education, we resolve to nourish our areas of excellence, invest and build areas of competitive advantage, and sustain excellence in a future oriented environment. Given our unique location and deep expertise, GPS is poised to:

  • Nourish excellence in our existing strengths in the Pacific, particularly in China, as well as topical areas such as climate, energy, democracy and governance
  • Invest and build excellence in globalization, Mexico and India, STEM and policy, and security
  • Sustain core areas of policy importance

Enrich the Student Engagement Experience

We are resolved to foster lifelong learning. Our educational experience attracts individuals that are disrupters, looking for a non-traditional, collaborative experience that is future focused and leverages diverse perspectives to solve the world's most critical challenges. In order to support and better serve our community we will focus on:

  • Attracting, engaging, recruiting and enrolling best-in-class students
  • Expanding fellowship awards for access and opportunity
  • Leveraging technology and digital platforms to complement our in-person campus model
  • Redesigning our Career Services to enhance student and employer engagement and professional opportunities
  • Investing in experiential learning opportunities

Enhance GPS Reputation

The GPS story is unique and should be shared widely to ensure that we attract the best and brightest to our community.  Utilizing an entrepreneurial mindset and innovative spirit, we will expand the reach of GPS by: 

  • Engaging with a partner to articulate our compelling story
  • Streamlining our curriculum and tracks in alignment with key initiatives
  • Diversifying our portfolio of non-degree options
  • Collaborating with our research centers in promoting the school’s brand and strategic plan
  • Building external relationships to increase prominence in the policy and business communities

Optimize and Grow Capacity and Capabilities to Support the Strategy

Success will be achieved by investing in the people and spaces where academic excellence, innovation, impact, inclusion, and collaboration happens. This means we must build the resources and capacity of the school to support our plan in the following ways:

  • Create a sustainable business model for development that maximizes long-term fundraising capacity, while cultivating internal buy-in of development’s strategic role
  • Create accountability for budgeting and efficient resource allocation
  • Implement a data management structure that supports business objectives
  • Provide continuous professional development to support career growth
  • Align the organizational model for the next stage of success
  • Optimize program performance
Keep an eye on this page for updates on our progress in meeting these aspirational goals.