Wicked Problems

An excellent private research university should take on the most intractable, multifaceted problems of our time.

These are called “wicked problems.” They include poverty; food and water security; social justice issues; 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. It is our opportunity, and our moral obligation, to apply our efforts to great, intractable global problems.

We are tackling several of these this year. I have created steering committees of deans from across the university to work on these problems:

We are also working on challenges unique to global migration.