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Strategic Planning Meeting Minutes: May 2019

May 22, 2019
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Final Meeting

Strategic Planning Task Force Members attending:

Bob Wood, Director
Jennifer Eichmeyer
Catherine Masters
Lillian Smith
Lutana Haan
Kristy Grabert


John McChesney
Tim Dunnagan


Lynn Owens


The purpose of this final meeting of the Strategic Planning Task Force was to review each established GOAL of the Strategic Plan (Unification, Collaboration, Communication, Scholarship) and brainstorm important steps toward implementing each goal. Lunch was provided and committee members shared thoughts from the goal questions worksheets they completed prior to the meeting. A consensus of ideas was achieved and noted. This concluded the formal work with Consultant Lynn Owens. Over the past six months, a clear Strategic Plan for the School of Allied Health Sciences was developed including Values, Mission, Vision, Goals, and Steps to Implementation. Lynn thanked the committee for their active participation and willingness to engage in the process. Lynn will meet with SAHS Director Bob Wood to conduct a final follow-up meeting on June 5, 2019.

The final School of Allied Health Sciences Strategic Plan follows:
Respectfully submitted:
Lynn M. Owens, Ph.D.,CDMP

School of Allied Health Sciences Strategic Plan

Completed May 2019


  • We value the preparation of skilled health professionals.
  • We value excellence in education and lifelong learning.
  • We believe in modeling a culture of respectfulness and inclusivity to produce culturally competent professionals in health-related fields.
  • We value resourcefulness to help transform our programs.


  • The SAHS will lead in creating educated health and human performance professionals who are innovative advocates, scientists, practitioners, and educators.


  • The SAHS leverages unique health-related disciplines using a collaborative and
    resourceful approach to deliver high-quality education and scholarship that
    advances lifelong health.



To identify common needs across the school and define processes for equitable distribution of resources.

Steps toward implementing:

  • Identify assets, identify needs, determine key performance
    indicators relative to department specific benchmarks.
  • Identify common needs – curricula, teaching, administration,
    research, facilities – across departments
  • Enhance recruitment, marketing, and advising efforts to attract
    and retain students


To create a culture of collaboration and inclusivity between and amongst distinctive departments.

Steps toward implementing:

  • Reformat annual school-wide meeting with breakout sessions and opportunities to brainstorm ideas for growth organized around common interests – (consider offsite retreat?)
  • Conduct an in-depth curricular review of all programs across the SAHS to minimize duplication of content and incentivize sharing common classes (funding TBD)
  • Provide opportunities for fun social interaction for all (faculty, students, staff, administration). Consider a joint community service project.


To create and maintain timely and accurate communication that is accessible and relevant to all stakeholders.

Steps toward implementing:

  • Establish regular and ongoing communication between SAHS departments and stakeholders (internal and external)
  • Create a “need to know” dedicated webpage with a protected portal entry for posting of department agendas and meeting minutes (include frequent questions and answers and provide discussion forums for sharing information and posting classified ads (ie., home for rent, etc.)
  • Establish Communications Committee – survey faculty for input on communication needs


To strengthen our scholarship presence.

Steps toward implementing:

  • Identify and publicize distinctive strengths in research being conducted across SAHS.
  • Increase professional development opportunities for faculty
  • Provide and incentivize scholarly mentoring of faculty
  • Create clear definitions of the various forms of scholarship for
    differing faculty roles within and across departments. Communicate them to all.
  • Establish Research Committee / Research Seminars / Journal Club