|New MUSC Strategic Plan invites input
by Cindy Abole
A new university strategic plan outlines a long-term template for
growth and sets priorities for MUSC.
It’s been seven years since MUSC last updated this plan that requires a
campuswide planning process. Academic health science centers such as
MUSC require a stronger focus in their strategic planning efforts that
will prepare them to be both resilient and competitive. This is
especially true with decreases in federal, statewide and private
funding, changing technology and increases in student enrollment.
“There has been a sea of change in higher education since our last
strategic planning effort and the new plan will help MUSC adjust to
these changes and position us better in the new environment,” said MUSC
President Ray Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D.
The effort was initiated after the Oct. 14 MUSC Vice President Retreat.
It involved Greenberg and university leadership evaluating multiple
areas for potential growth and development and determining its effect
on the institution’s core mission of education, research and clinical
service. Leaders also identified four themes or core work groups
associated with the 2010 strategic plan: Entrepreneurialism,
Technology/Innovation, Globalization and
Next, plan organizers approached faculty alumni from the Trustees
Leadership Academy and representatives from the faculty senate, each of
MUSC’s six colleges and Medical University Hospital Authority to create
these work groups. Since January, teams have been meeting regularly to
define and outline each group’s goals and objectives and develop
strategies in this top-down planning process.
MUSC developed its first strategic plan in 1997 and revised it in 2003.
The plan outlines the institution’s strategy for planning and setting
goals. For the newest strategic plan, a steering committee was
established to coordinate efforts and provide guidance to work groups.
The steering committee includes Elizabeth Pilcher, DMD, College of
Dental Medicine, as director; David McNair, of the McNair Group, LLC,
facilitator, and Sabra Slaughter, Ph.D., MUSC Office of the President,
“So much thought and confidence went into the process of recruiting
faculty and employees to these four committees,” said Pilcher. “The
wealth of talent and diversity of these individuals involved in this
process makes it exciting.”
According to Greenberg, MUSC has already progressed in some areas of
global outreach and interprofessional efforts. By providing greater
focus, the strategic plan can help the institution, as a whole, utilize
its efforts even with limited resources. Teams also hope to tackle
various other institutional challenges from defining new funding
resources to developing new, sustainable business plans. Each team will
prepare a report that will be included in the final strategic plan
document. Current drafts of each committee’s progress are located on
the university’s strategic planning Web site. The strategic plan will
be finalized from June to July and presented to the Board of Trustees
in late summer.
Throughout May, the committee invites anyone in MUSC’s community
(faculty, employees and students) to share input, ideas, observations
or suggestions relating to the University Strategic Plan’s four themes
as well as provide general comments. Employee input is welcome at this
stage of the strategic planning process, according to Pilcher.
“Judging by the high level of energy and enthusiasm shown by the
members of the planning committees, I expect that the university
community will rally around this plan when it is completed,” Greenberg
said. “We all owe a debt of gratitude to Drs. Pilcher and Slaughter, as
well as Mr. McNair for their coordination, and to the scores of faculty
and staff who have worked so hard on the committees.”
To submit feedback online, visit the MUSC Strategic Plan 2010-2015 link
located in the drop-down menu under administration on the MUSC home
Participants must have a MUSC network account (MNA), with a NetID and
password, to enter the message board. Participants also may share their
comments anonymously. For information, call Bridget Inman, 792-9512.
MUSC wants to hear
your thoughts on the new strategic plan that will shape the future of
the university. Visit http://tinyurl.com/2c8ezo2 and type in your NetID and password to
enter the message board.
Friday, May 7, 2010