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New MUSC Strategic Plan invites input

by Cindy Abole
Public Relations
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 Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary.
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, as liaison.
“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 page.  
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.

Feedback Wanted
MUSC wants to hear your thoughts on the new strategic plan that will shape the future of the university. Visit and type in your NetID and password to enter the message board.

Friday, May 7, 2010

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