The college initial strategic plan for the five-year period 2008-2013 laid out goals and specific objectives in the areas of instruction, research and service. The college monitored its progress in achieving those objectives on an annual basis and systematically used the evaluation findings for continuous improvement.
In January 2012, the college Leadership Council held a retreat to outline the 2014-19 strategic plan development process and to further assure the quality of existing academic programs. This resulted in a three-part process plan that was presented for discussion at the spring 2012 college-wide faculty and staff meeting. The plan called for the creation of four internal planning workgroups representing faculty, staff and students, five professional discipline-specific advisory groups, and three community advisory committees. The Leadership Council identified three over-arching principles for this strategic planning process: creating the best possible student experience; delivering consistently world-class education; and conducting research that advances the public’s health. The 2014-2019 strategic plan, developed through this highly participatory faculty-led process, articulated six strategic focus areas for the college: education, research, service and applied public health, diversity, workforce, and resources, and laid out goals and objectives in each area.