As many of you know, our institution is coming to the end of its current five-year strategic plan A Shared Vision
. We’ve accomplished much since this plan was instituted back in September 2008, and we’ve done so in one of the most challenging economic environments in generations. There is a lot to be proud of—from the investments that we’ve made in helping to assure success for our students, to the improvements in our campus infrastructure, to the growth and development that we’ve fostered in the research that we do and the care that we give to our patients—but, inevitably, there is much more still to be done.
With A Shared Vision
coming to a close we have turned our attention over the past several months to the development of our next five-year strategic plan which we will be implementing this July. This process, which has been adeptly guided by Dr. Steven Schwartz and has involved individuals from every corner of our institution, has provided us with the invaluable opportunity to take a step back and assess where we are and where we need to go.
Health care reform has brought about rapid and, in some cases, drastic changes in how health care is delivered in the United States. As both an educational institution as well as a clinical care facility, we have an obligation to our students and our patients to be nimble in our response to these changes. This new strategic plan will build on the successes of A Shared Vision
and continue to focus on helping us deliver the highest level of care to our patients and provide the best possible education for the future health care practitioners and leaders that we help to produce.
Planning the next phase of our institutional growth is no easy process. Doing it requires that some difficult decisions be made regarding how we can best use the resources that we have. But it is also an exciting opportunity, and I am confident that with our shared initiative and our collective hard work this new strategic plan will help to drive our success in the years to come.
David A. Heath, OD, EdM