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
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
Prepare a diverse student body for lifelong contributions to the varied communities in which our students will live and work.
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.
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.
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.
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.