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.
Prepare a diverse student body for lifelong contributions to the varied communities in which our students will live and work.
Research & Scholarship
Advance knowledge that addresses the cultural, economic, health and societal needs of the communities we serve through research, scholarship and creativity.
Provide exceptional patient- and family-centered care across the health continuum.
Outreach & Economic Development
Advance and enrich our impact to local, regional, national and international areas through social, cultural, professional and economic development.
From the President
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
Brooks A. Keel, PhD President, Augusta University
CEO, AU Health System
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
Strategic Focus Area: Education
Prepare a diverse student body for lifelong contributions to the varied communities
in which our students will live and work.
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.
Target outreach to a diverse population of high-capability students across Georgia and beyond to promote our undergraduate,
graduate and professional degree programs.
Raise awareness of Augusta University’s distinctive ability to offer broad multidisciplinary educational programs at the intersection of
art and science.
Enhance scholarship and academic support for students.
Increase student leadership opportunities and engagement.
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.
Incorporate high-impact teaching practices, technology-enhanced learning, culturally competent best practices and team-based
learning across the curriculum.
Increase student experiential learning opportunities through undergraduate research, internships, clinical experiences and study
abroad to improve student learning outcomes.
Expand learning opportunities that cross disciplines and provide students integrated paths to academic and career success.
Provide focused interactions and support as the foundation of a cohesive, caring academic and campus community.
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.
Deepen our existing public and private partnerships in the health sciences and biomedical research and seek out new partnership
opportunities that leverage our position as Georgia’s only public academic medical center.
Increase academic offerings in the new School of Computer and Cyber Sciences to take full advantage of Augusta’s emerging role as
Georgia’s cybersecurity hub.
Contribute to the intellectual and creative capital of our community, educating the next generation of leaders and engaged citizens.
Further develop our system of off-campus instructional and practice sites for high-growth programs.
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.
Empower faculty members to develop their teaching, scholarship and service goals through individualized professional
Nurture a culture of inclusion and collaboration to inspire the faculty to act as one body that is furthering Augusta University’s
reputation and success.
Recognize faculty efforts to provide a student-centered environment as part of a caring academic and campus community.
Strategic Focus Area: Research & Scholarship
Advance knowledge that addresses the cultural, economic, health and societal needs
of the communities we serve through research, scholarship and creativity.
Enhance discovery and innovation through an interdisciplinary and translational approach
to research and scholarship that integrates our programs with partners locally, nationally and
To expand our campuswide 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
Grow the sponsored research portfolio at the University.
Grow our biomedical research in areas such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, metabolic disease and neurological disorders to tackle
problems that disproportionately affect Georgians.
Become a model for statewide coordinated research, leveraging the strengths of our regional campus network and strategic partners.
Seek out and support research opportunities that cross health-related and non-health-related disciplines.
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.
Support our faculty, staff, students and trainees’ research programs through professional development opportunities and mentoring
Recognize and publicize the research, scholarly and creative contributions and accomplishments of faculty and staff members,
students and trainees and align them with professional and academic expectations.
Direct pilot funding to develop transdisciplinary research.
Enhance research infrastructure, support services, resources and operational efficiencies, enabling
faculty, staff, students and trainees to successfully pursue research, scholarship and creative
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.
Improve research administrative processes for the entire life cycle of research funding, including regulatory and compliance support,
grant preparation, budgeting and clinical research/trials support.
Provide adequate library resources to support our investigators and scholars.
Expand the capacity of dedicated information technology systems and teams.
Maintain and support existing research facilities, including common core labs.
Explore opportunities to expand research facilities.
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.
Engage in focused, proactive efforts to attract and retain successful researchers as well as rising stars within areas strategic to the
Ensure alignment of promotion and tenure policies to support interdisciplinary research collaborations.
Increase the number of graduates in inquiry-based degree programs.
Strategic Focus Area: Clinical Care
Provide exceptional patient- and family-centered care across the health continuum.
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.
Continue to enhance our infrastructure to support the Center for Rural Health Support and Study.
Develop new strategies to address population health with a focus on innovative value-based health care initiatives.
Optimize care offerings across the continuum of care to improve health care delivery and outcomes.
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.
Build on a culture of accountability, performance excellence and financial performance.
Prioritize continuous improvement of quality and safety outcomes.
Foster continuous improvement of employee and provider engagement.
Focus on a combination of patient access and preferences to improve service excellence.
Align and integrate health system governance and organizational structures to effectively support these objectives.
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.
Focus on patient and family collaboration with interprofessional education.
Maximize utilization of interprofessional teams, including learners, in various clinical settings to the fullest extent of their licensure.
Leverage our interprofessional commitment to improve faculty and staff recruitment and retention.
Continue our progress toward Magnet designation and other external recognitions of excellence.
Provide the clinical environment necessary to deliver the highest-quality patient care across the
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.
Use the investments made in information technology to better communicate with patients and their families and to better connect
and support our clinicians.
Optimize the utilization of the physical space we occupy and remove barriers to efficient delivery of care.
Develop and implement a comprehensive infrastructure and support plan, which will address advancements in the delivery of care.
Strategic Focus Area: Outreach & Economic Development
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.
Lead initiatives tailored to the workforce needs of Georgia and the Southeast region.
Fulfill our unique responsibility to create a healthier, more prosperous state and nation; we will train the next generation of health
care professionals while enhancing the size and prestige of our residency programs.
Strengthen partnerships with our clinical and teaching sites across the state and seek strategic opportunities to expand our footprint,
recognizing that all of Georgia is our campus.
Pursue development of the state-approved hospital and Level-2 trauma center in Columbia County and strategically located
ambulatory care facilities across the region.
Maximize the impact of the state’s investment in the Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center.
Promote the growth of and contribute to art, music and cultural opportunities throughout the region.
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.
Foster and support cultural, health care and education outreach to our community and state.
Implement initiatives to improve health and promote wellness practices in rural areas through Augusta University’s Center for Rural
Health Support and Study.
Raise awareness of our professional and continuing education opportunities, ranging from children’s programs to health and
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.
Encourage and provide support for faculty and student involvement in activities that promote the disciplines and professions we
Enhance infrastructure and support to fully and accurately document and acknowledge professional service.
Support faculty-identified opportunities to promote interest in a field of study or practice in alignment with our areas of academic
Support active membership, service and leadership in professional and educational associations.
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.
Lead in the creation of advanced cybersecurity for the pertinent exchange of patient information in the health care environment.
Develop research, new curricula and outreach opportunities in cybersecurity.
Seek opportunities to partner with the state of Georgia, University System of Georgia, U.S. Army Cyber Command, National
Security Agency and other public and private entities that further economic development and cybersecurity priorities.
Partner with local, regional and state secondary education systems to generate early interest in cyber and health security fields.
Dr. Ray Whiting, Team Lead, Institutional Effectiveness
Dr. Kevin Frazier, Dental College of Georgia
Karen Gutmann, Communications & Marketing
Dr. Paulette Harris, College of Education
Megan Lameka, Graduate Student Designee
Dr. Kathryn Martin, Medical College of Georgia
Dr. Lester Pretlow, College of Allied Health Sciences
Raysean Ricks, Undergraduate Student Designee
Connie Sutton, Human Resources
Deborah Wright, Employee Advisory Council
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.