NEXT: RISD 2020-2027

Created collaboratively by members of the RISD community, NEXT, RISD’s seven-year strategic plan (PDF), proposes how we intend to educate students for the future and bring our current creative practices to bear on today’s most critical social, political and environmental challenges.

Since beginning implementation of the plan in spring 2019, the RISD community has made considerable progress toward our goals. To see what we have accomplished together in that time, continue below. We also invite you to read the NEXT two-year progress report for next steps, priorities and more details.

Year two progress report

This report outlines the first two years of progress in implementing NEXT: RISD 2020–2027, our seven-year strategic plan. It details the specific work we’ve done to generate new knowledge and address issues of social justice and sustainability, key operational and financial improvements, and next steps for advancing the plan.

Institutional plans

Social Equity and Inclusion

Acknowledging that systemic racism harms all members of our community and is at odds with RISD’s values, the college and museum have committed to a series of proactively anti-racist action steps. The latest initiatives are inspired by the student-led RISD Anti-Racism Coalition (risdARC) and a group of BIPOC faculty members instigating much-needed change. RISD’s evolving Social Equity and Inclusion Action Plan details important steps members of our community are taking to ensure that we uphold core principles of equity, inclusion, access, agency and mutual respect, and that these values define our campus culture.

Campus Master Plan

Starting in 2012, the RISD community set out on a master plan process in support of the college's 2012-2017 Strategic Plan. Rather than taking a 20th century approach to master planning, developing a static list of projects, RISD chose to develop a set of dynamic and responsive tools calibrated to sustain long-term core values, principles and policies. This master plan was designed to persist through future changes in leadership, economic variability, and pedagogical and technological advances.

Our progress

Maharam Fellowships Support Greater Good

In keeping with RISD’s strategic plan, this summer’s 10 Maharam fellows use their design skills to promote social justice and sustainability.

RISD Establishes Center for Community Partnerships

New hub for community engagement will support and build upon existing initiatives and develop new opportunities for mutually beneficial relationships.

Revitalizing the Metcalf Building 

An anonymous $4 million gift jump-starts RISD’s plans to renovate the iconic 1914 Metcalf Building.

Expanded Support for First-Generation Students

New RISD First-Generation to College Pre-Orientation Program will offer a multifaceted experience for incoming students.​

​Breaking with Convention

SEI Faculty Fellow Ernest A. Bryant III challenges students to find new meaning in the images that surround all of us.

New Professorship in Sustainability

A generous gift helps RISD bring art and design to bear on the future of the planet.

Recasting the Dutch Golden Age

SEI Fellow Jane’a Johnson studies violence, visual culture and how race is reflected in archives and museums.

Continuing Ed Enrollment Skyrockets

In moving its CE classes online, RISD opens the floodgates to passionate new students from across the US and around the globe.

Questions and feedback

Check this page frequently to find updates on progress and metrics. Questions? Email planning@risd.edu.