It is no secret that the role of higher education is evolving and the media and music industries are changing rapidly. A recent Harris Poll found that two-thirds of 14- to 23-year-old students ranked financial security as their top motivator for obtaining a college degree. Furthermore, in the wake of rising tuitions and stagnant wages, providing an affordable education that prepares graduates for an evolving jobscape is a priority. Here at Berklee we have launched Pathways: A Strategic Direction for Berklee to address these very issues.
Pathways sets a bold direction for the institution’s future by positioning Berklee as the global leader in creative education, driven by a student-centered focus, entrepreneurial spirit, inclusive culture, reimagined student services, the integration of transformational new technologies, and a career opportunity network. By using accessibility, affordability, and career preparation as our guideposts, our strategic direction is rich with initiatives that will help us educate and empower our students to better our world.
The promise of this strategic plan for 2017-2020 is the capacity it creates to open up flexible educational pathways across Berklee’s educational ecosystem: the Boston campus, Berklee Online, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Berklee Valencia, BerkleeNYC, study abroad, internships, institutes, and our Global Partners network to create the world’s most innovative and comprehensive platform for music, dance, and theater education.
Furthermore, it can inspire and support our community to create new works, programs, and products that help launch the careers of our students, promote the work of our faculty, staff, and alumni, and catalyze innovation across the creative and media industries. I encourage you to review it in detail at berklee.edu/vision/pathways-2017-2020.
Numbering 58,000, our alumni are among Berklee’s strongest ambassadors, and in forthcoming issues of Berklee Today, we will keep you updated on the development of these initiatives via the Pathways Roadmap column. We also welcome your input at firstname.lastname@example.org and look forward to sharing our progress with you.