Augusta University's strategic plan begins with the cardinal points on our compass: education, research and scholarship, clinical care, and outreach and economic development. From these points, it provides a course that will guide us as we continue to discover the true potential of this great university and its health system.
I am pleased to present Beyond Boundaries, the new strategic plan for Augusta University and Augusta University Health. While we stand proudly and firmly on the foundation of what has been accomplished in our history, we are never satisfied.
We look forward to the pioneering achievements and trailblazing advancements that will be realized through this plan. Beyond Boundaries is a plan that begins with the cardinal points on our compass: education, research, clinical care, and outreach and economic development. From these points, it provides a course that will guide us as we continue to discover the true potential of this great university and its health system.
Brooks A. Keel, PhD
President, Augusta University
We are grateful to the many faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends who contributed to the creation of the strategic plan for Augusta University.
Our journey to update our strategic road map began in fall 2016 as we implemented the first phase of our planning process, analyzing the environment and finalizing the process we would use to gather input from our stakeholders. That analysis assessed four areas that are critical to our mission: education, research, clinical care, and outreach and economic development.
The second phase of our planning process reflected our commitment to shared governance and genuine collaboration with our stakeholders. In January 2017, over 3,500 people responded to our survey, which gathered early feedback about what should be included in the new plan. The survey was open to faculty, staff, students, alumni and members of our community. That rich feedback helped shape the draft priorities and goals that were shared with our stakeholders in the spring. Over 700 people responded to a second survey or attended one of the town hall meetings to assist us in refining those priorities and goals even further.
Together we have worked hard to create a plan that defines our priorities and provides a map for the road ahead. But this plan is only the beginning. We look forward to working with you to put this plan into action.
Great things lie ahead for Augusta University!
Gretchen B. Caughman, PhD
EVP, Academic Affairs & Provost
Lee Ann Liska, MBA
CEO, AU Medical Center
EVP, Health Affairs
Prepare a diverse student body for lifelong contributions to the varied communities in which our students will live and work.
Student Recruitment & Support
Recruit and support a diverse student body to progress and develop in an environment that prepares them for their future educational, personal, societal and professional endeavors.
Augusta University is committed to being a destination of choice for high-capability students representing various backgrounds and perspectives. As a member institution of the University System of Georgia, we share a commitment to affordability and value. We will continue to build upon a campus culture wherein degree completion is an expectation. The Augusta University campus is a place where students can thrive as they “learn by doing” inside and outside the classroom, participating in innovative programs, campus organizations, internship opportunities, research projects and other enriching experiences, supported by a student-centered academic environment.
Enrich student learning through faculty-led enhancement of our curriculum and delivery within and beyond the classroom.
Augusta University is committed to meeting the evolving needs of our diverse student populations through the continual alignment of rigorous program curricula and student learning outcomes with the standards of the disciplines we serve and with employer and community expectations. Student learning is enriched by integrating interprofessional, multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary educational opportunities using contemporary learner-centered pedagogies. Faculty members’ ability to foster engaged learning by integrating these innovative teaching methods into their classrooms will be supported through faculty development opportunities to ensure effective instructional design and relevant use of technology and through greater efficiencies in course enrollments, schedules, assignments and use of learning spaces.
Academic Quality & Reputation
Strengthen our academic reputation by offering distinctive, high-quality academic programs that leverage our strengths while building enduring relationships with strategic partners.
Augusta University is committed to meeting the needs of Georgia and to enhancing our academic reputation by offering distinctive and high-value academic programs that meet the needs of our students, community and employers. To fulfill this commitment, we will build relationships with industry, military and other academic institutions.
Faculty Educator Recruitment & Support as Educators
Recruit, develop, empower and retain diverse and talented educators who contribute to our mission.
Augusta University is committed to enhancing a faculty that is passionate about academic excellence, student success, teaching innovation and effectiveness, and members’ respective disciplines. We will support an inclusive faculty community which values collaboration, collegiality, professional development and recognition of accomplishments.
Advance knowledge that addresses the cultural, economic, health and societal needs of the communities we serve through research, scholarship and creativity.
Discovery & Innovation
Enhance discovery and innovation through an interdisciplinary and translational approach to research and scholarship that integrates our programs with partners locally, nationally and internationally.
To expand our campus-wide culture of discovery and innovation, we must nurture engagement and collaboration. We will foster a research-focused environment by supporting scholarly activities that result in enhanced external funding, creative contributions and commercialization.
Foster the development of our faculty, staff and students’ various research and creative endeavors through targeted education, training and mentoring efforts.
Augusta University’s legacy is a testament to the curiosity and creativity of our faculty, staff, students and trainees. Our formal degree-yielding programs in research-related disciplines are critical to developing the trailblazers of tomorrow who will build on that legacy. We recognize our responsibility for fueling the passion for discovery and innovation in our faculty and staff so that they will ignite that same passion in their students.
Research Infrastructure & Support
Enhance research infrastructure, support services, resources and operational efficiencies, enabling faculty, staff, students and trainees to successfully pursue research, scholarship and creative endeavors.
Augusta University is committed to supporting its research, scholarship and creative endeavors. Supporting this important work will require us to thoughtfully and effectively integrate resources and services.
Faculty Recruitment & Support as Researchers
Align Augusta University priorities, services and policies to specifically enhance retention of faculty engaged in research, scholarship and creativity and to support recruitment of new faculty dedicated to the mission of a high-impact research university.
Augusta University is committed to building a diverse and outstanding faculty of researchers and scholars who create knowledge across the institution, acknowledging our distinctive role in the biomedical sciences and cybersecurity.
Provide exceptional patient- and family-centered care across the health continuum.
Innovative Health Care
Lead the delivery of innovative, value-based health care with a focus on quality, safety, patient experience and service across the state of Georgia and beyond.
Augusta University is committed to providing unparalleled, value-based, high-quality and accessible patient- and family-centered care in the state of Georgia and beyond.
Advance and sustain a culture of performance excellence that maximizes operational and resource stewardship, enhances employee pride and results in outstanding service.
Augusta University is committed to optimizing processes for our patients, their families, our employees, our students and our community.
Health Care Workforce
Create the health care workforce of the future through interprofessional collaboration and integration across our clinical, academic and research missions.
Augusta University is committed to creating an environment that supports and encourages collaboration across all missions and integrates those missions into our health system. We will fulfill this commitment by establishing and supporting an open dialogue for interprofessional collaboration across the health system.
Provide the clinical environment necessary to deliver the highest-quality patient care across the health continuum.
Augusta University is committed to providing the best clinical environment for our patients and their families. As the state’s only public academic medical center, we will leverage the combination of our missions to lead in the development of best practices in health care.
Advance and enrich our impact to local, regional, national and international areas through social, cultural, professional and economic development.
Expand our academic, public and private partnerships to serve as a catalyst for economic development across the communities we serve.
Augusta University is committed to fostering the economic growth and development of our local community and the state of Georgia. With a presence in over 1,400 educational and clinical locations statewide, Georgia truly is our campus. We will fulfill our commitment by embracing the visions of the communities we serve and leveraging opportunities to make a positive impact on growth. To complement these visions, we will expand and sustain productive partnerships with alumni, other educational and health care institutions, local and state governments, military and defense organizations, nonprofits and social services, and industries and corporations. In particular, we will lead in the development of a workforce rich in education, competencies and civic-mindedness to promote the continuing economic advancement of the communities we serve.
Positively impact our local and regional communities by engaging in diverse and varied collaborations related to culture, health, knowledge and technology.
Augusta University is committed to serving the needs of citizens in our regional communities. Faculty, staff, students and alumni will fulfill our commitment by providing expertise, skills, talents and passions to our fellow community members in representation of the institution’s respective colleges and units. We will support and enrich the personal and professional development of our community members through services and programs that improve health and quality of life, grow knowledge and increase skills.
Promote service and outreach to advance academic disciplines and professions served by our mission.
Augusta University is committed to advancing the disciplines and professions we serve through education, research and health care services. We will fulfill this commitment through support for faculty, staff and students participating in their respective professional and educational associations and organizations.
Leverage our strategic location to facilitate multidisciplinary cyber-related collaboration to increase economic development and outreach.
Augusta University is committed to utilizing the Augusta University School of Computer and Cyber Sciences and the Augusta University Cyber Institute to advance public-private collaborations in cybersecurity. We will fulfill this commitment by building our capacity in the development of cyber-related human capital and research strengthening all facets of the cyber sciences, with a particular emphasis on cyber operations, health security and data science.
Institutional Culture and Engagement
The achievement of our strategic priorities and goals is predicated on broad engagement from across the key constituent groups of the Augusta University community. We can be more assured of success in pursuing our aspirations if faculty, staff, and students are meaningfully involved in executing our mission. Including employees and students from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives in shared governance and in institutional initiatives will enrich all facets of the organization. We will foster a culture of engagement, feedback, and inclusivity through intentional actions to engage all levels of the university and health system.
As a steward of the public trust, Augusta University is committed to the responsible planning and management of resources. We strive to provide our students and patients with the best possible educational and health care experience. To do this at a reasonable cost, we must look for every opportunity to maximize effectiveness and leverage efficiencies to carry out our mission proficiently and in a cost effective manner.
The potential in Augusta University and Augusta University Health is boundless. We are a diverse community of faculty, staff, students, alumni, caregivers and friends, but we are united in our purpose to provide leadership and excellence in teaching, discovery, clinical care and service. I look forward to seeing all that we will achieve as we work together.