Priorities

Priorities

In 2018, Baylor announced purposeful, holistic plans to establish the University as the preeminent Christian research university and to pursue recognition by the Carnegie Foundation as an R1 university. Illuminate, the University’s strategic plan, provides the framework to attain and exceed those goals and to propel Baylor to be a place where excellence in research advances human understanding and uncovers solutions to the world’s greatest challenges. Shaped by key input from Baylor faculty and administrators, Illuminate charts the course towards R1/Tier 1 aspirations through the establishment of five signature academic initiatives. These areas of focus include:

HealthHealthResearch and collaboration will span all schools and colleges across the University as we focus on environmental determinants of health, family and community.Data SciencesData SciencesData Sciences is a rapidly advancing, interdisciplinary field that relies on techniques and theories drawn from machine learning, data mining, scalable data storage, and digital communication, as well as the disciplines of statistics, mathematics, and library sciences.Materials ScienceMaterials ScienceMaterials Science is a cutting edge field with high market demand for graduates and vast extramural funding. Investments in Materials Science will position Baylor University as a leader in these technologies.Human Flourishing, Leadership & EthicsHuman Flourishing, Leadership & EthicsBaylor University will be a recognized leader in understanding the conditions by which humans, communities, and societies flourish.Baylor in Latin AmericaBaylor in Latin AmericaThe Census Bureau projects that by the year 2030, immigration will surpass natural increase as the primary contributor to population growth in the United States. The Baylor in Latin America initiative will position the University to be one of the most extensively engaged faith-based universities in the nation with regard to engagement in the Americas.Other Research InitiativesOther Research InitiativesBaylor faculty share historic strengths in areas such as business, religion, education, family and consumer sciences, education and more. Learn more about Baylor research across a variety of disciplines that enriches understanding of the ways individuals and societies work, play, learn and worship.

Throughout these areas and across the university, Baylor is committed to research marked by quality, impact and visibility, undergirded by a foundational belief that all truth is God’s truth. These pursuits are supported by Give Light, Baylor’s $1.1 billion comprehensive philanthropic campaign. The campaign focuses support on facilities, research and program initiatives, student scholarships, and faculty endowment.

An anonymous gift in May 2019 established the Baylor Academic Challenge, a fund which matches dollar-for-dollar gifts to establish endowed professorships and chairs in areas that support Illuminate's signature initiatives. This fund will provide up to 17 endowed faculty chairs and positions the University to pursue research at an accelerated pace. The fund also supports the recruitment of faculty leaders who champion academic excellence, Christian character, solutions and ideas that advance society and opportunities that shape the whole person – hallmarks of a Baylor education.