Challenges of the 21st Century

An excellent private research university should work toward solutions for the local and global problems of the 21st century. The challenges that face us include poverty, food and water security, social justice, cancer, sustainability and climate change, terrorism, cyber security, and aging and dementia.

USC’s breadth of research and programmatic areas collectively create a strong community to make influential contributions to address these problems. We believe it is our opportunity, and our moral obligation, to apply our efforts to these global problems.

The USC Office of the Provost has created steering committees of deans from across the university to work on these problems. They are: