The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry is built on a tradition of excellence. By embarking on a new strategic planning process, the dental school will move to even higher levels of national and international prominence as a leader in dental education. To facilitate the development of the our school's strategic plan, I appointed a Writing Group, chaired by Dr. Alan H. Gluskin, professor and chair of the Department of Endodontics, and comprised of a representative group of faculty and staff.
The Academy for Academic Leadership, an Atlanta, Georgia-based consultancy firm with extensive experience in higher education and dental education, assisted the Writing Group. The Dean's Cabinet provided oversight to the planning process through periodic meetings with the Writing Group, reviewing and commenting on consultant reports, and reading and advising the group on drafts of the plan.
Building on our school's distinctive character and historic strengths, the Writing Group created a bold and dynamic strategic plan to advance the school to a new level of greatness that is uniquely the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.
Strategic planning is a communicative, consensus-building process. The Writing Group sought input from faculty, students, staff, University administrators, alumni, patients and all major stakeholders as it developed the strategic plan. The Writing Group utilized informed respondents and expert panels for advice as it developed strategies. In addition, the group developed communication conduits to ensure that our constituents were informed about the plan and had ample opportunities for input. The Dean's Cabinet received regular updates from the Writing Group and provided direction as needed.
The Writing Group submitted a final draft of the strategic plan in June 2007. The plan included a mission, vision and shared images of future success that align with the vision and mission of the University. It also included strategic directions and goals and defined our school's values-those shared beliefs that inform and shape its culture. The Writing Group made recommendations to the Dean's Cabinet for action steps to implement the strategic plan, linking strategies to people, policies and resources.
The Strategic Plan is a living document that will be implemented during the next five to seven years. The school's leadership will use the plan to make decisions about allocation of resources, new projects, infrastructure needs, recruitment and retention of faculty and staff and operational matters. The plan is public and accessible to all stakeholders and interested parties as a model of educational distinction. Translated into action steps, the implementation plan is disseminated throughout the school. The plan shows the telling signs of use: discussion and debate at all levels of the school, achievement of outcomes, and adjustments based on a changing environment. The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry monitors progress on a regular basis as it moves forward to achieve unparalleled excellence.