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March 2004 Issue

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The Colleges Weigh In

Published March 2004

College of Allied Health Sciences

Elizabeth King, PhD, Dean UC College of Allied Health Sciences
The academic planning process is important to our faculty, staff and students because it provides an opportunity for all of us to think beyond the day’s crisis and to think in terms of renewal. Several challenges await us, some known and some unknown. Yet how we respond to and prepare for these challenges will have a major impact on our continued success. The planning process also provides a framework with which the college can build on its current strategic plan. The major themes and ideas that are beginning to emerge from the Town Hall Meetings are already having an impact on our thinking for future planning at the college level. For example, the emphasis on community engagement is contributing to our discussions regarding the integration of community engagement with our teaching, research and service mission. This integration can clearly advance core learning outcomes in such areas as interdisciplinary collaboration, social responsibility, critical thinking and cultural competency.

College of Medicine

William J. Martin II, MD, Dean
UC College of Medicine

For the College of Medicine, the academic planning process affords us a great opportunity to link with the other health colleges and with the West campus to create an environment of academic excellence that markedly enhances the reputation of the university. We want students, trainees, faculty and the public to first think of UC and the Medical Center as a primary destination for services whether it be educational, research or delivery of health care.

We believe that the research mission of the college is the primary determinant of our reputation, and this enhances the learning environment as well as the delivery of health care. We need UC to be viewed nationally and internationally as an institution of excellence and innovation.

We want this academic plan to create more opportunities for investment in programs that differentiate us from other universities and other institutions that provide health care. We want our students, faculty and customers to choose UC as their university of choice.

College of Nursing

Andrea Lindell, DNSc, MSN, Dean
UC College of Nursing

The process of academic planning for the College of Nursing will bring attention to issues, opportunities and challenges facing us in the 21st century. The ability to explore the opportunities inherent in the future, and the use of challenges as stepping stones in the creation of a desired future, are paramount to a successful program within the college.

Today’s healthcare world is continually shifting and adapting to changing economic, scientific and clinical demands. Engaging in academic planning to examine strategies to achieve a desired future gives the College of Nursing faculty, our Board of Advisors, our community partners, and others we link with, the tools to create a better and healthier tomorrow for ourselves, the profession and health care consumers.

Resultant from our Town Hall Meetings, we already have been challenged to determine how our college’s vision, “transforming health care through innovative education and research,” can be more closely integrated within essential linkages internal and external to the university. For us all it is important that we adhere to achievement of quality outcome measures which demonstrate that our graduates are rich in academic and scientific knowledge. This knowledge is essential for all to be effective contributors to society.

College of Pharmacy

Dan Acosta, PhD, Dean
UC College of Pharmacy

I believe that academic planning is a very necessary strategy for the success of the university over the next five years. It is critical that the university set rigorous academic standards for its programs, students, and faculty. In order to have a long-term academic plan for the Medical Center, it must engage the ideas and creativity of the faculty and students. In the College of Pharmacy, faculty, students, and key alumni have met recently to discuss an academic vision for the college and the Medical Center. These groups will continue to meet to provide input to the overall academic plan of the university. So far, these groups have agreed that high standards in teaching, research, scholarship and pharmacy practice should be the norm for the College of Pharmacy. By being the best, the college will attract the brightest and most ethical students into its programs. Thus the Academic Master Plan for the university must involve all of its academic units in order to be successful.

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