Key Initiatives

From its founding in 1880, USC became a private university with a public mission. The university was then — and is today — committed to advancing society and elevating humanity.

We are focusing on the challenges and discovering the opportunities of the global metropolis of Los Angeles. We expect the impact of our work to extend across the globe to other large urban centers that face similar issues and hold similar promise. These include homelessness, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer, immigration issues, to name a few.

We are addressing access to higher education and ensuring we provide the best value for a USC degree. We are hiring the best faculty, supporting our students in myriad ways and challenging ourselves to be better, stronger and more accomplished.

Few institutions can be expected to take on these challenges and few can be expected to be as successful.