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Implementation Is Next Step for University’s Strategic Plan

15 February 2012 No Comment

CHRIS ZANG 

The 2011-2016 University strategic plan has always been about more than putting words on paper, which is why excitement is growing about the implementation phase of the initiative that is under way.

Two-person leadership teams are being formed, comprised of a vice president or dean and a strategic plan work group leader, to take the goals of each of the strategic plan’s eight themes and four fundamental elements and make them a reality.

Two Town Hall meetings were held in late January to gather input on implementing the strategic plan, an overarching document that will make the University “greater than the sum of our parts,” according to University President Jay A. Perman, MD. A revamped strategic plan website at www.umaryland.edu/strategicplan/index.html allows for interaction as well.

“Hundreds of faculty, staff, and students from each of our seven schools and administrative units played a role in forming the strategic plan,” Perman says. “Whether it was participating in a work group, completing a questionnaire, attending a Town Hall, or being part of a focus group, you made your voices heard. Now we’re looking to hear from you as we start to turn these ideas into actual practice.”

The eight themes of the strategic plan and the implementation co-leaders are:

  • achieve pre-eminence as an innovator (NAMES TO COME)
  • promote diversity and a culture of inclusion (NAMES TO COME)
  • foster a culture of accountability and transparency (NAMES TO COME)
  • excel at interdisciplinary research and interprofessional education, clinical care and practice, and public service (NAMES TO COME)
  • develop local and global initiatives that address critical issues (NAMES TO COME)
  • drive economic development (NAMES TO COME)
  • create an enduring and responsible financial model for the University (NAMES TO COME)
  • create a vibrant, dynamic University community (NAMES TO COME)

The strategic plan’s four fundamental elements are the need for:

  • enhanced organizational structure for information technology (NAMES TO COME)
  • improved two-way communication (NAMES TO COME)
  • more faculty and staff training (NAMES TO COME)
  • stronger federal and partner relationships (NAMES TO COME)

“Thanks to the campus community’s involvement we have some great ideas, but now we need to implement them,” says Pete Gilbert, University vice president for planning and accountability and strategic plan co-chair. “We wouldn’t be making the best use of our expertise if we didn’t ask the faculty, staff, and students to play an integral role in this phase as well.”

For the latest updates, and to see how you can continue to be a part of the process, visit www.umaryland.edu/strategicplan/get-involved.

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