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Strategic Framework Implementation

Progress Reports

January 2023

The College of Built Environments collectively developed and adopted a strategic framework in Spring 2021 and began implementation Autumn 2021. This update reflects our key activities and progress toward the accomplishment of the goals we set. This reports on five key areas that support the objectives of multiple pillars. Each report includes direct outcomes, indirect outcomes, and progress status.

  • Student Support
  • Cohort Faculty Hire
  • BE Commons
  • Research Support
  • Faculty and Staff Support

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Strategies and Actions

Collaboration and Impact

Today’s grand challenges require our full range of disciplinary skills and expertise including the core ability to work with others. Our students, faculty, and staff bridge, complement, and integrate effectively across disciplinary boundaries within CBE and with our academic, industry, regulatory, governmental, and community partners.

The elevation of collaborative and interdisciplinary skills underlies our potential to positively impact all of our goals. This will be demonstrated by the following teaching and research strategies.

Become nationally and internationally known for graduates who have excellent collaborative and interdisciplinary skills and build the College’s reputation as a good partner for academic, industry, government, and community groups at the local and global scales.

Be known for providing a student experience that emphasizes collaborative skills to bridge between disciplines and for translating academic research to relevant practice applications. Integrate interdisciplinary expertise into teaching, curriculum, and pedagogy to advance the reach of our college and body of work, especially around climate solutions and EDI.

Expand CBE research capacity and culture for interdisciplinary, applied, and community-engaged work that can be sustained over time.

Know, foster, and celebrate our strengths, identify weaknesses and gaps, and build an affinity with faculty, students, staff, alumni, and industry, professional and community partners to advance a more just and beautiful world.


Bold Thought Leadership

The built environment is one of the most powerful levers – as both the cause of and the solution for –  influencing the planet’s most urgent social and environmental problems. Through our fluency in collaborative and interdisciplinary processes, we lead decisions about the built environment which are critically important to positive change.

Our varied and unique strengths make CBE a trusted leader on the most urgent issues facing humanity. Over the next 3-5 years, we will hone and showcase our collaborative skills by harnessing work toward a shared goal: to make progress on climate solutions, which we will achieve with these strategies:

Increase the quality and relevance of CBE’s work to tell the story of how we use sophisticated skills and nuanced concepts about systems and patterns to inspire bold thinking about the so-called “wicked” problems. Invite synergies and co-creative energy with partners, inside and outside academia.

Advance teaching and research on climate solutions that advance prosperity, health, equity, ecosystems, and community resilience and their relationships in service of a just and beautiful world. Capitalize and accelerate the momentum created by abundant scientific knowledge and emerging policy changes on the role of built environments (and their interconnection to natural worlds and society) in causing and solving climate problems.

Foster a culture of accessible, explorative, ubiquitous use of technology within and outside the College in service to the urgent issues facing humanity, including climate change. Establish CBE as a leader located in a region and city known for technological innovation.

Leverage CBE’s unique strengths in humanities to contextualize, articulate, and challenge concepts of what constitutes just, responsible, and resilient built environments.


Equitable and Just Practices

As the built environment powerfully affects individual and community well-being and  prosperity, we are changing the patterns that have resulted in underrepresentation and exclusion of people based on their identities. To achieve justice, diversity, and inclusion, we continue to model and foster equitable practices within the College and in our partnerships with others.

By focusing on equitable and inclusive teaching, research,  practice and service , our work will seek to minimize and eradicate persistent disparities in the built environment to enhance prosperity, particularly of marginalized populations, by using these strategies internally and externally:

Cultivate and ensure an inclusive College identity, climate, and culture to welcome people from every identity regardless of age, race, gender identity, ability/disability, and ethnicity.

Continue to improve, model, and embody values of equity and inclusion in College culture – internally and externally.

Establish teaching and curriculum guidelines to support multiple and diverse topics and voices in all CBE courses. Center and honor voices of historically underrepresented communities, examine topics through a lens of justice.

Consider equity and justice in defining research outcomes, processes, and approaches.