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Strategic Planning Meeting Minutes: February 2019

February 26, 2019
10 a.m. – 12 noon

Strategic Planning Task Force Members attending:

Bob Wood, Director
Jennifer Eichmeyer
Lutana Haan
Kristy Grabert
Catherine Masters
John McChesney
Absent: Lillian Smith

Also attending:

Tim Dunnagan, Dean


Lynn Owens

Next meeting:

  • When? Tuesday, March 26 10 a.m. – noon
    Where? Norco 409
  • Please review minutes. Suggest edits as needed.
  • Please review Value Statements and Vision Statements (Wordsmith as you see fit and bring suggestions to next meeting)
  • Consider if a Mission Statement might emerge from within the Vision Statements. (What we do to achieve our Vision?)
  • Prepare for working on Goals for the School of Allied Health Sciences (Areas we address to realize our vision)
  • Teaching, Research, Service, Infrastructure? Other?


The purpose of the second meeting of the Strategic Planning Task Force (SPTF) was to provide an update of feedback from Key Stakeholders (n=16), to compare current Departmental strategic plans and drafts of strategic plans, to identify Values within the School of Allied Health Sciences and it’s programs, and to create Mission statements.

Feedback from Key Stakeholders

Over the course of several weeks, Lynn Owens conducted face to face interviews with 16 Key Stakeholders who had been recommended for either the Radiological Sciences program or the Respiratory Care program. These interviews were approximately 60 – 90 minutes long. A summary of themes that emerged across interviews was distributed to SPTF members (see attached). Based on stakeholder feedback and perception, a robust discussion followed focused regarding differences and challenges between and within the 4 distinctive departments in the School of Allied Health Sciences. Included in that discussion was a focus on research and how it is to considered across disciplines. The following were among the points made:

  • For tenured faculty: 1 peer review journal article/year as 1st or 2nd author
  • Poster presentations at conferences
  • A college workload policy exists and outlines scholarship already
  • The school has a strong collective of research
  • There is a need to build research infrastructure in the works
  • Take an individualized approach
  • Value differing processes
  • Change is hard especially and professions have evolved
  • Need for a major curricular update in some programs

A second discussion focused on a theme that emerged from key stakeholders. That is
the perception that students need more preparation and understanding in “relational
care” and personal/professional development. Points made in this discussion included:

  • Perhaps there should be a slower onboarding process for students
  • The idea of students accumulating badges as they are exposed to more events
  • The understanding of bedside manner
  • Stakeholders wondered if there were ways that they could potentially engage more with students to facilitate professional development
  • Reality of student issues such as depression, anxiety, suicide, etc.

Dean Tim Dunnagan noted that the need for self care and resiliency in students is clearly evident and noted that there is no one course across the School of Allied Health Sciences that everyone takes. Perhaps an opportunity exists to create such a course. A third brief discussion involved feedback from key stakeholders recommending enhanced communication between respective programs and stakeholders. Some
suggested that they would appreciate additional ways to engage with faculty, alumni, and students.

In conclusion, it was noted that interviews with key stakeholders would continue until those for Kinesiology and Community and Environmental Health had been included as well.

Comparison of Strategic Plans

SPTF members were given a handout including Strategic Plans across departments. Time was spent comparing these plans.

Values within the School of Allied Health and its programs

When comparing departmental strategic plans, SPTF members were asked to list values that appear to transcend programs within the School of Allied Health Sciences. Included were:

  • Lifelong
  • Quality
  • Leadership
  • Deliberate search for the truth (science & research)
  • Collaborative
  • Connectivity
  • Passion
  • Creativity
  • Compassion
  • Care
  • Health Advocacy
  • Professionalism
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Resourceful

Value Statements

SPTF members created SoAHS Value Statements.  Please note: these are works in progress.

  • We believe in the relentless utilization of our immense resources as we
    creatively and passionately pursue the development of high quality advocates of
    life-long health whose leadership is evident through their care, compassion,
    professionalism, and search/quest for truth.
  • We value quality educational programs that connect students to opportunities to
    care for others.
  • We value resourcefulness to help transform our programs, students, peers, and
  • We lead by example to create transformational change in health.
  • We believe in supporting creative execution and resourcefulness across the school to achieve our common goals.
  • We believe in the power of education to develop resourceful, innovative health
    care professionals.
  • We value the quality of education in supporting lifelong learners and education.
  • We value being creative in our execution, demonstrating the resourcefulness of our school.

Vision Statements

SPTF members created Vision Statements.  Please note: these statements are works in progress.

  • The SoAHS will lead in creating educated healthcare professionals and lifelong learners supporting the advancements of healthcare globally.
  • The SoAHS will educate health professionals who are resourceful, innovative advocates in and of their respective fields.
  • The SoAHS leverages unique health related disciplines using a collaborative and resourceful approach to deliver high quality education that advances lifelong health in our community.
  • The SoAHS creates a diverse workforce that inclusively impacts all walks of life.
  • The SoAHS is a national leader in preparing compassionate and competent clinicians and other professionals and advancing knowledge of lifelong health.

Following the creation of Vision Statements, each statement was reviewed. Meeting was adjourned at 12:00 noon.

Respectfully submitted,
Dr. Lynn M. Owens