Strategic Plan Accomplishments


Achieving Our Strategic Plan:  Each unit contributes toward meeting the Augusta University mission and furthering our strategic plan.  Following is an ongoing list that chronicles our journey to become a top-tier university that is a destination of choice for education, health care, discovery, creativity, and innovation.

Strategic Priority 1: Be a National Model

Strategic Priority 2: Be a Comprehensive Research University

Strategic Priority 3: Be a Nationally & Internationally Recognized Leader

Strategic Priority 4: Provide Service

Strategic Priority 5: Optimize our Potential

Strategic Priority 6: Diversity and Inclusion Across all Missions


 Strategic Priority 1: Be a National Model

  • Education Mission Strategic Plan Completed:  For more information, visit the Education Mission Plan website.
  • Implementation of Tobacco Free on all Campuses:  For more information, visit Tobacco-Free Campus.
  • Consolidation of the College of Nursing resulting in largest number of nursing graduates in GA in all degree levels:  For more information, visit College of Nursing.

Strategic Priority 2: Be a Comprehensive Research University

  • Created a New Position and Hired a Dean of Student Life:  Scott Wallace
  • Created a New Position and Hired a new AVP for Student Services:  David Barron
  • Opening of the J. Harold Harrison, M.D. Education Commons:  For more information, visit the announcement.
  • Cyber Institute Launch: For more information see the announcement.
  • Libraries Issue LibQUAL:  For more information, visit   LibQUAL page.  
  • Academic Works (a scholarship management solution) Implementation:  For more information, see the announcement.
  • Creation of the Office of Faculty Development & Teaching Excellence:    For more information, visit the office’s website.
  • Robust CCG Implementation Plan:   For more information, visit the CCG website
  • Summer Scholars Program Created by the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURS):  For more information, visit the Summer Scholars Program website.

Strategic Priority 3: Be a Nationally & Internationally Recognized Leader

  • Sandra B. Sexson, chief of the Section of Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatry and director of training in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, received a top educator award from the American Psychiatric Association.
  • Paolo Spadoni, the author of several books on the Cuban economy and an associate professor of political science, was recently featured in Global Finance Magazine to discuss life in Cuba in the post-Fidel Castro era.
  • Augusta University men’s basketball senior Keshun Sherrill reached 2,000 career points on January 18, 2017. He is the second player in Peach Belt Conference history to do so.
  • For the second year in a row, an Augusta University student has won the National Collegiate Honors Council’s student poster competition award in the category of Health Sciences. Ashish Lalani, a senior cell and molecular biology major, presented his research at the 2016 NCHC annual conference in Seattle.
  • Professor Wenxin Zhou, outgoing adjunct professor of physical therapy and associate director of the Confucius Institute, was awarded a 2016 Confucius Institute Individual Performance Excellence Award for leadership. It is the highest honor an individual can receive from the Confucius Institute Headquarters.
  • On January 11, 2017, Governor Nathan Deal announced that Georgia will immediately invest $50 million for a world-class cyber range and training facility in Augusta. The Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center will be the new home of the Augusta University Cyber Institute.
  • President Brooks A. Keel was named to Georgia Trend’s list of “100 Most Influential Georgians” for two consecutive years (2016 and 2017).
  • In December 2016, Augusta University was awarded 9 Education Digital Marketing Awards from the Higher Education Marketing Report, a publication for educational marketers.
  • Several Augusta University experts contributed to the articles in the December 2016 special issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology as it explores radiology patient engagement from the patient perspective.
  • Augusta University appeared in national headlines hundreds of times over 2016. Here are just a few of the top mentions for the year.
  • In December 2016, the Literacy Center at Augusta University was named a National Exemplary Model by the National Reading Styles Institute (NRSI), one of the nation’s leading research-based educational organizations dedicated to improving literacy. This is the first time the NRSI has awarded a literacy center.
  • In December 2016, Augusta University’s Student Wellness Program again received a grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety ($8,775.01). The grant will continue through September of 2017 and will help finance informational booths and presentations, the hiring of a Student Wellness Assistant, the expansion of the Peer Education Program and a number of interactive events.
  • The Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University was accepted for inclusion at Learn Serve Lead 2016: The AAMC Annual Meeting (Nov. 11-15, 2016) to discuss the construction and planning of the J. Harold Harrison, M.D. Education Commons.
  • The work of Dr. Joe Tsien, neuroscientist at the Medical College of Georgia, concerning an algorithm which may solve human intelligence was featured on MSN.
  • Added Honors Scholars Track in fall 2016 for students who already completed 24 or more credit hours and wish to take advantage of the Honors Program’s offerings.

  • Honors student, Asma Daoudi, named Student of the Year by National Collegiate Honors Council in December 2015.

  • College of Nursing Ranked Programs:  Clinical Nurse Leader program is ranked TOP 10 in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Graduate Schools rankings. Doctor of Nursing Practice, Nursing Anesthesia Program, and Master of Science in Nursing are among the TOP 100 in the nation. Online Graduate Nursing Program is in the Top 50.

  • Hull College of Business ranked by The Princeton Review’s 2016 edition of The Best 295 Business Schools as one of the nation’s top business schools.

  • Hull College of Business ranked among top 50 U.S. schools having the most affordable MBA degree program by online business education and career guide Top Management Degrees.

  • College of Allied Health Sciences’ Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration program ranks 4th for Most Affordable Bachelor’s in Health Informatics according to College Choice.

  • Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences’ Bachelor of Social Work program ranks among the 50 Best Bachelor’s in Social Work according to College Choice.

  • Medical College of Georgia climbed from the 76th to 73rd best medical schools for research by the U.S. News and World Report.

  • Carton Deese, the associate director at Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home, and Dr. Nicholas Madden, a radiation oncology resident for the Georgia Cancer Center, were named to the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce/Augusta Magazine 2016 list of Top 10 in 10 Young Professionals to Watch. Also, Deese was chosen as one of Georgia Trend’s “40 Under 40.”

  • Dr. Jedidiah Ballard named the 2016 Ultimate Men’s Health Guy by Men’s Health magazine during a live broadcast of the NBC Today show.

  • Dr. Arnab Barik, a neuroscience PhD program graduate, and the Xiong and Mei Labs were featured on the cover of the Journal of Neuroscience.

  • Division 2 Athletic Directors Association Achievement Award honored 26 student-athletes for the 2015-2016 year.

  • Pardon Ndhlovu, an alumnus and volunteer assistant coach, finished 41st in the 2016 men’s Olympic marathon.

  • Dr. Samir N. Khleif represented the Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University at the National Cancer Moonshot Summit held June 2016, in Washington, D.C.

  • The inaugural issue of A., Augusta University’s Alumni Magazine, was awarded a 2016 American Inhouse Design Award from Graphic Design USA.

  • Peach Belt Hall of Fame inductees: Marvin Vanover was first commissioner of the Peach Belt Conference and served for 16 years. Ben Madgen finished a four-year basketball career in 2010 as one of the most accomplished players in Peach Belt history. Mary Lisko ended a 20-year tenure in 2006 and was the Assistant Dean of the College of Business Administration, Director of Student Support and Advising, and the Faculty Athletic Representative for 17 years.

  • MCG Department of Emergency Medicine team took home first prize in the national SonoGames, a competition for emergency ultrasound.

  • Graduating ROTC cadet Jake Padgett was commissioned into the United States Army during the May 2016 commencement.

  • Jaguar Archery Group won two national championships in March 2016 at the 47th U.S. National Indoor championship and also at the United States Collegiate Archery Association National Indoor Championship.

  • Dr. Brian K. Stansfield, neonatologist at Children’s Hospital of Georgia, received the 2016 Clinical Science Young Investigator Award from the Southern Society for Pediatric Research.

  • Aubrey Hinkson, director of marketing, was named to DTC Perspectives’ 2016 Top Hospital Marketers of the Year list.

  • Dr. Frederick Rueggeberg, a professor at the Dental College of Georgia, received the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Stephen H. Leeper Award for Teaching Excellence in March 2016.

  • Third-year dental student, Eric Anderson, received the District 4 Delegate of the Year Award at the American Student Dental Association Annual Session.

  • Men’s Tennis advanced to the 20th best team in the nation according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division II Men’s National Team Rankings release on March 23, 2016.

  • Disc Golf Club won National Collegiate Disc Golf Championship for third year, which is more national championship disc golf titles than any other U.S. team.

  • Dr. Selina Smith, director of the Institute of Public and Preventive Health (IPPH), was named President of the Georgia Public Health Association.

  • The Baseball Team ranked 18th in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association of America (NCBWA) national poll in 2016.

  • For 15 consecutive years, Augusta University Health has been the only local hospital to have its physicians ranked among the top 1 percent in the nation and included in the list of America’s Top Doctors®.

  • Dr. Brenda Seago, professor and director of Libraries, was awarded the 2016 President’s Award by the Medical Library Association (MLA), which is one of MLA’s highest honors.

  • Jaguars listed as best college basketball team in Georgia by HERO Sports.

  • Two gold awards, one silver award, and two merit awards were won by Augusta University and advertising agency Wier/Stewart at the 31st Annual Educational Advertising Awards.

  • Men’s Golf Head Coach Jack O’Keefe was inducted into the 2016 Arkansas Golf Hall of Fame in February 2016.

  • Competition Cheerleading Team took first place at the CheerSport Regionals and were named Grand Champions for the college level four division on January 23, 2016.

  • Kinesiology Pro Consult, an app developed by members of the Occupational Therapy and the Instructional Design and Development departments, won gold in the EdTech category of the Design 100 2015 App Design Awards.

  • Celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Nurse Practitioner degree program in 2015.

  • The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi recognized the Augusta University chapter as a Chapter of Excellence, which is the highest commendation a chapter can receive.

  • Robert B. Greenblatt Library received the 2015 Consortium of Southern Biomedical Libraries (CONBLS) Distinguished Library Award.

  • College of Nursing ranked No. 1 nursing school in the Eastern region in 2015 by Nurse Journal.

  • New Senior Vice President for Research Appointed:  For more information, see the Announcement.
  • New Associate Vice President for Basic Science Research Appointed:  For more information, see the Announcement.
  • Continue Holding the Annual Innovation Summit:  For more information, visit the Innovation Summit website.
  • New Associate Dean for the College of Nursing Research:  For more information, see the Announcement.
  • OnCore Clinical Trial Data Management System Launched:  For more information, see the Announcement or visit the OnCore website. 

Strategic Priority 4: Provide Service

  • The University Libraries will implement new state-wide library system which includes the catalog used to find books, journals and other library materials either at Augusta University or from other USG institutions.
  • Clinical and Digital Health Sciences Department, in collaboration with theClubhou.se, received a $550,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help startups in midsized communities collaborate to solve public health problems through innovation.
  • The College of Allied Health Sciences collaborated with the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and theClubhou.se to host the Health Tech Startup Expo on January 27, 2017.
  • Roosevelt Warm Springs Rehabilitation and Specialty Hospitals cut the ribbon on January 17, 2016, for its newly renovated Long-Term Acute Care (LTAC) Hospital. Augusta University Health assumed management of the rehabilitation and acute-care services at Roosevelt Warm Springs in June 2013 in conjunction with the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency.
  • The Augusta University rural Hospital Task Force, convened in 2016 by President Brooks A. Keel, developed recommendations for how the academic health center can assist in the sustainability of the state’s rural hospitals. The use of telemedicine to reach more rural patients in Georgia is highlighted in The Washington Times and The Augusta Chronicle.
  • Jedidiah Ballard, the 2016 Ultimate Men’s Health Guy, provides health and fitness tips every Wednesday on WRDW-TV News 12 and its sister station WAGT-TV NBC 26 Augusta.
  • The Find a Doctor feature on Augusta University Health’s website, org, won a silver award from Strategic Health Care Communications in the category of Best Doctor Directory – Healthcare System during SHCC’s 17th annual eHealthcare Leadership Awards ceremony of 2016.
  • Augusta University Health was recognized by the 2016 CardioVascular Advertising Awards, earning a gold award in the Academic Medical Center – Newsletter – Single category for the institution’s “Health On Time Cardiac” Newsletter, Fall 2015.
  • Offered two GenCyber Camp for high school students in the summer 2015/2016, and offered the first GenCyber Middle Grades Teacher Camp in summer 2016. 

  • Offered Cyber Georgia @ Augusta University, which was the third annual Cyber Education Summit, in collaboration with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce in October 2016 and featured CIA Director John Brennan and NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett.

  • Chief of the National Security Agency’s Tailored Access Operations (TAO), Rob Joyce, spoke on September 10, 2016 at BSidesAugusta 2016.

  • Signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Friday, April 15, 2016, with the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence to share resources and help develop a cyber-trained workforce.

  • Ranked a 2017 “Best for Vets” University according to a recent report from the Military Times.

  • Hosted the annual Nuclear Science Week Education Day on October 19, 2016, by the College of Allied Health Sciences and the College of Science and Mathematics for students from Richmond County Technical Career Magnet High School, Evans High, and Aiken Career and Technology Center.

  • A study appeared first in the nation to examine the impact of vitamin K supplements as a safe alternative to lower the risk of cardiovascular risk of obese children. A total of 60 children ages 8 to 17 will participate in the study.

  • Raised nearly $17,000 for Children’s Hospital of Georgia during the inaugural Dance Marathon on October 28, 2016, by a new student-run organization called Jaguar Miracle. 

  • Provided examinations, health screenings, and bilingual information for female farmworkers at a free health clinic hosted by students on October 28, 2016.

  • Offered the Study Abroad Experience to Jamaica for Occupational Therapy students to work with children and adults with disabilitie.

  • Children’s Hospital of Georgia was recently reaccredited for another three years by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission for high-quality performance in pediatric echocardiography.

  • Augusta University Health retained level 4 status, the highest accreditation possible, from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers for its comprehensive adult and pediatric epilepsy program.

  • College of Nursing awarded $350,000 to increase number of primary care Advanced Practice Register Nurses (APRNs) in rural and/or undeserved communities in Georgia.

  • New Augusta University Health CEO Lee Ann Liska focusing on improving patient safety and satisfaction.

  • Provided rapid stroke care using a web cam through the REACH program’s tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) over the last 13 years to more than 1,000 people in rural Georgia and South Carolina.

  • Augusta University Health earned CEO Cancer Gold Standard reaccreditation for maintaining a strong commitment to the health of its employees and satisfying the latest, comprehensive requirements of the Gold Standard.

  • Augusta University Health agrees to share expertise in health care operations and management with the 56-bed Washington County Regional Medical Center in Sandersville, Georgia.

  • Newborns with meconium aspiration who are placed on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) at Children’s Hospital of Georgia have the highest survival rates (97%) when compared to the national averages of ECMO Centers with comparable volumes.

  • Augusta University Health earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star designation for a third time. It is the only hospital in Georgia which holds the designation for 2016 and, as of April, one of only six medical centers in the country.

  • A May 2016 report by the Georgia Hospital Association noted Augusta University Health and its partnership with the state’s Roosevelt Warm Springs Rehabilitation and Specialty Hospitals generated close to $1.3 billion in revenue for the local and state economy.

  • Hosted annual middle school Model United Nations Conference on March 16, 2016.

  • Held the 18th annual Impacting Student Learning Conference in March 2016.

  • Hosted more than 100 student presenters at the 33rd annual Georgia Collegiate Honors Council Conference on February 27, 2016.

  • Augusta University Health earned three patient care quality and safety awards in 2016 from the Partnership for Health and Accountability, an affiliate of the Georgia Hospital Association.

  • Students and faculty from the Dental College of Georgia and College of Allied Health Sciences provided free dental care for local children on February 5, 2016.

  • Hosted training session on ultrasound diagnostics for Army doctors from Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon at the Medical College of Georgia.

  • As part of the Transformation Agenda, Adult Inpatient Medicine opened a 15 all-private-bed medicine unit on 8 South in December 2015.

  • Piloted a Patient Discharge Lounge on 5 North in the Oncology Library to enhance patient throughput.

  • Men’s basketball team hosted second annual Education Day game for over 2,500 Richmond County fifth graders on December 15, 2016.

  • Received the final order on November 23, 2015, from the Commissioner of DCH awarding the Certificate of Need to build a 100-bed hospital in Grovetown.

  • Named an Engine of Opportunity school in 2015 by the U.S. Department of Education for offering affordable education to low-income students and contributing to their mobility into the middle class.

  • Augusta University Health was presented the Harry Orme, M.D., Partnership Award for exemplary Patient- and Family-Centered Care at the national PFCC Conference in California in October 2015.

  • Unveiled in 2015 a $25.8 million plan by Augusta University Health to renovate the clinical facilities at the historic Roosevelt Warm Springs Rehabilitation & Specialty Hospitals.

  • Augusta University Health purchased a 30-percent ownership in the Surgery Center of Columbia County.

  • Children’s Hospital of Georgia ranks No. 1 in pediatric care for all of 2014 according to the latest Quality and Safety Management Report from the University HealthSystem Consortium.

  • June 2015 marks the 10-year celebration of the Augusta University Medical Associates, Lake Oconee Village.

  • The Breast Cancer Team of the Georgia Cancer Center was accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Center, a program administered by the American College of Surgeons in fall of 2015.

  • Created Go Downtown to encourage faculty, students, and staff to enjoy Downtown Augusta.  For more information, please visit the Go Downtown website.
  • Dental College of Georgia Students Engaged in Multiple Student Organizations:  For more information, visit the DCG Student Organizations website.
  • Engagement in Multiple Projects through the Institute of Public and Preventive Health (IPPH):  For a complete listing, visit the IPPH Our Projects website.
  • Child Life Services Manager Kym Allen named WRDW’s September 2016 Time to Care Award recipient for working with young patients at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia.

  • Bart’s Heart, a children’s book written by Dr. Cargill H. Alleyne Jr., won second place at the 2015 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards.

  • The Carlos and Marguerite Mason Trust awarded Augusta University nearly $1.5 million to help fund the consolidated and expanded kidney transplant clinic.


Strategic Priority 5: Optimize our Potential

  • Creation of the Office of Leadership Development, including Leadership Academy:  For more information, visit the Leadership Academy website.
  • Upgrades and Improvements were made to the Health Sciences Student Center to better support new student housing located adjacent to the building.  Significant production capacity was added to the kitchen facilities and the food court was upgraded into the Atrium Dining Hall, providing the university’s first true dining hall experience.  In addition the first and second floor seating areas were completely remodeled and designed to provide intimate gathering spaces for students. Additional dining seating capacity (110 seats) has been added to the Summerville Campus Food Court to allow additional gathering and dining space for our students. A new residential meal plan program was developed to support the new student housing.  The meal program is innovative in that it allows both a traditional dining experience in a dining hall and a high level of flexibility for use across the 20 dining locations in our university and hospital dining outlets. 
  • A food pantry was started during the spring 2016 semester and will have an official kick off officially during the fall semester.  So far 498 pounds of non-perishable food and toiletries have been collected. 
  • The Jaguar Express Transit system has been expanded significantly to accommodate new student housing on the Health Sciences campus.  A new super route that connects the Health Sciences, Summerville and Forest Hills campuses will provide service to each stop approximately every 10-12 minutes - a significant improvement over the previous 30 minute service times.  A transit tracking app is now available allowing students, faculty, and staff to track the location of their bus in real time from their mobile device.
  • The Augusta University Copy & Print Center significantly added production capacity with 4 new high volume commercial production multi-function print devices to support the new Augusta University brand and ensure branding compliance.
  • The JagStore campus bookstores launched a new e-commerce site with more than 1200 Augusta University branded items to support the new Augusta University brand and, working in close partnership with the Division of Communications and Marketing, launched a completely new Augusta University branded  merchandise selection on the day of the new brand launch.

Strategic Priority 6: Diversity and Inclusion Across all Missions

  • Implementation of Healthy Respect at the University and in the Health System.
  • The College of Nursing Diversity and Inclusion initiative includes outreach and engagement with Augusta University Equality as a “Come Out for Health” Week sponsor; Hispanic and Black Nurses national associations, and educational partnerships with Spelman, Agnes Scott, and Paine Colleges.  For more information, see the Dean’s State of the College Address.
  • Received 2013 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine:  See the JAGWIRE article for more information.
  • Received the 2014 Award for Diversity and Inclusion by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).  See the JAGWIRE article for more information.