Transition Forward, the current Augusta University strategic plan, was created during the consolidation
of Georgia Health Sciences University and Augusta State University and was finalized
in March 2013. Since Augusta University leadership has decided on a four-year strategic
planning cycle, the planning for a new 2017 strategic plan began in May 2016 with
initial discussions and the launching of a peer selection and analysis process.
Transition Forward has served the institution well during a time of continuous change while consolidating
two distinct institutions and creating a new university; however, the plan is coming
to the end of its intended horizon, and many changes have occurred since the plan
was initially created in 2013 including the inauguration of a new president. Many
of the initial strategies have been completed, and both the internal and the external
environments for the institution have changed during the past three years.
An inclusive strategic planning process will serve to unite the university community
including our students, faculty, staff, alumni, patients, and the community around
a clear sense of identity and strategy. Building on the planning work of the past
three years including the Education Mission Plan, the Research Mission Plan, college strategic plans, and support unit strategic plans, this strategic planning process provides an opportunity to align our planning efforts
around a common vision and mission while reinforcing our values. The strengths of
our current plans will be retained and built upon while the experience and knowledge
gained over the past three years will help us improve our strategies to reach our vision to be a top-tier university that is a destination of choice for education, health
care, discover, creativity, and innovation.