Pathways Part 1

Strategic Direction for Berklee 2017 to 2020

Educating and empowering artists to better our world.


Guiding Principles

  • Focus on increasing global access to Berklee educational programs.
  • Commit to providing a high-quality student experience in everything we do.
  • Realize the artistic, creative, and career potential of our community members.
  • Evaluate new initiatives from business process, governance, capacity, demand, sustainability, and resource perspectives.
  • Make affordability, access, retention, and graduation a key focus in all planning and operational decisions.
  • Be proactive in exploring and, where appropriate, integrating new technologies.


  • Implement an improved technological ecosystem.
  • Initiate a study for the development of a 21st-century, state-of-the-art, live performance venue.
  • Provide a world-class environment for learning, working, and living.
  • Provide enhanced opportunity for faculty and staff retention, growth, and development.
  • Inspire donors and increase fundraising capacity.


  • Prioritize student success, retention, and graduation rates.
  • Infuse our diversity and inclusion principles throughout the hiring and admission processes.
  • Strive to create a safe and inclusive campus community.



  • Develop a model for the creation of learning pathways.
  • Enhance student advising and success programs.
  • Design an enhanced residential and campus life experience.
  • Align career services with progressive trends in higher education and industry.
  • Create new partnerships for articulation and affordability.

Fully Funded with External Support

  • Develop a campus-wide intellectual property policy.
  • Expand philanthropic support for research and development initiatives and facilities.
  • Expand our physical presence in cultural and innovation capitals.
  • Widen the reach and impact of the Open Music Initiative.
  • Explore new product, program, and platform development using emerging technologies.


  • Launch a unified enrollment strategy.
  • Build the global reputation of Boston Conservatory at Berklee and the brand value of Berklee.
  • Enrich the offerings for current College and Conservatory students.
  • Explore programs that build on shared strengths of the College and Conservatory.
  • Integrate current College and Conservatory summer programs.