School of Health Professions Strategic Plan 2013-17
Goals for Strategic Initiatives
Education Initiative 1
Support quality teaching through enhanced student-centered learning.
- Identify and incorporate standards for quality teaching into faculty performance evaluations.
- Provide ongoing professional development opportunities for faculty that focus on educational best practices.
- Provide tutoring and peer-mentoring for students.
- Increase the number and diversity of faculty in the School of Health Professions.
- Review curriculum and identify courses that can be integrated across all disciplines.
- Develop a common academic calendar that facilitates integrated courses.
- Improve the professional development component of the curriculum for students.
- Develop and implement protocol for peer review of classroom teaching.
Education Initiative 2
Enhance educational and clinical experiences for students in South Texas and underserved areas through participation in interprofessional education and service learning activities.
- Develop and implement service learning activities and educational initiatives that involve interprofessional health care teams.
- Expand clinical rotation sites to include additional sites in health professional shortage areas.
- Expand academic program offerings in South Texas.
- Collaborate on inter-institutional initiatives and program offerings.
Education Initiative 3
Expand the use of technology in classroom and clinical settings that supports educational best practices.
- Continue to expand the use of case-based studies that align with the QEP.
- Collaborate with the HSC to upgrade all classrooms with technology.
- Seek extramural funding to support technical upgrades.
- Provide technology training for faculty and staff.
- Expand distance education course offerings.
- Recruit support personnel to support technology advances.
Education Initiative 4
Further develop key academic programs of excellence to attain national stature.
- Recruit and retain new faculty that are nationally recognized for contributions in their field.
- Encourage and support faculty participation in leadership positions in nationally recognized professional organizations.
- Facilitate the scholarship of education among faculty to enhance best practices and to achieve excellence.
Education Initiative 5
Increase enrollment in SHP programs that meet the greatest workforce shortages.
- Identify and monitor workforce shortages and adjust programs accordingly.
- Expand the PA program to produce more primary care providers.
- Expand the OT and PT programs.
Research Initiative 1
Increase research and scholarly output by 5% each year.
- Prioritize key research initiatives.
- Enhance research collaborations with funded programs in other HSC schools.
- Successfully complete for extramural funding to support research and scholarly endeavors.
- Integrate research into clinical and educational practice.
- Collaborate across the HSC to enhance translational research.
Research Initiative 2
Increase the amount of resources that support the research initiative.
- Establish a formal research mentoring program to assist faculty with scholarly endeavors.
- Develop and implement a strategic plan for facilities and space to support research.
- Recruit faculty for key research initiatives.
- Recruit staff support for research initiatives.
Health Care & Community Service Initiative 1
Expand health care services.
- Increase faculty practice plan activities.
- Increase the number of public health care screenings and referrals.
- Establish new collaborations among HSC schools to leverage our strength and expertise to benefit the health outcomes.
- Recruit clinical care faculty and staff to support the key health care initiatives.
Health Care & Community Service Initiative 2
Inform and educate the community on health care issues.
- Continue to host an annual conference on health care issues in South Texas and the border region.
- Conduct an annual school-sponsored health care lecture series.
- Develop a SHP speaker’s bureau that would be available for public speaking engagements.
- Partner with local businesses and organizations to promote preventive care, healthy lifestyles and healthy workplaces.
Growth Initiative 1
Recruit new leadership for the SHP.
- Recruit the key leadership position of Dean of the School of Health Professions
- Develop and implement timeline for the recruitment of a dean.
- Identify resources to support key initiatives.
Growth Initiative 2
Expand and diversify revenue sources.
- Expand practice plan activity.
- Increase the number of funded grants and contracts.
- Increase the number of Continuing Education courses.
- Increase revenue received through private philanthropy and alumni giving.
- Establish a Dean's Community Advisory Council.
- Develop innovative methods to deliver professional continuing education courses for practitioners.
Growth Initiative 3
Streamline and enhance efficiencies of support structures.
- Formalize the roles and responsibilities of the research, academic and clinical leadership teams.
- Improve efficiencies of business and administrative processes.
- Recruit administrative staff to support implementation of initiatives.
Growth Initiative 4
Support faculty and staff growth and development.
- Develop and implement a pilot project to support and encourage educational pursuits for staff returning to school.
- Implement a professional development seminar series for staff.
- Continue to conduct annual performance reviews of all faculty and staff to ensure that professional goals are linked to the HSC Strategic Plan.
- Expand participation and leadership roles of faculty and staff in their professional associations.
- Create an incentive plan for staff.
Growth Initiative 5
Invest in and collaborate with alumni.
- Establish an Alumni Advisory Council.
- Implement alumni activities to encourage engagement with SHP.