Representing a milestone in its 143-year history, UCSF completed its first-ever campuswide strategic plan, which charts the University’s course as a global leader in health sciences over the next two decades.

The University engaged in a highly inclusive, two-year process of institutional introspection to develop a comprehensive strategic plan that will serve as a guide to advance its fourfold mission of education, health sciences research, patient care and community service.

UCSF faces challenges such as unprecedented growth in the last 15 years, including expansion at Mount Zion, Laurel Heights and Mission Bay campuses, and steadily declining state financial support. At the same time, however, dramatic advances in science, medicine and technology have presented UCSF with unparalleled opportunities to improve human health.

Against the backdrop of this reality and promise, Chancellor J. Michael Bishop in July 2005 appointed a Strategic Planning Board comprising faculty, staff, students, residents, fellows and postdoctoral scholars to oversee the creation of the strategic plan. Board members included representatives from the schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy, Graduate Division, Academic Senate, campus administration and UCSF Medical Center.

The goals for the strategic plan were twofold: first, to develop a comprehensive, integrated plan based on academic priorities to guide UCSF’s direction; and second, to collaboratively engage the UCSF community in the process.

To assist in the planning process, the board retained the services of AMC Strategies, a firm specializing in strategic planning for academic health centers. Additional assistance came from the UCSF Foundation through its Strategic Planning Committee, the Chancellor’s University-Community Partnerships Council and the Community Advisory Group.

Members of the campus community at large participated in the process through focus groups, in-depth interviews, town hall meetings at all five major campus sites and a campuswide survey. In that survey, 2,092 respondents gave their opinions on the key issues to be considered in developing the plan.

UCSF also conducted a thorough assessment of national peer institutions and an extensive analysis of campus resources, finances, facilities and infrastructure. At its retreat in July 2006, the board reviewed and discussed the findings and began constructing the framework for the strategic plan.

After significant deliberations, the board adopted advancing health worldwidetm as the UCSF mission statement. Building upon this mission, a formal vision with strategies emerged. In October 2006, six strategy design teams with about 40 representative stakeholders per team, including some board members, developed specific recommendations to realize UCSF’s vision.

The strategic plan that follows is a great testimony to the collaborative culture of the campus community and its collective wisdom on how UCSF can fulfill its mission of advancing health worldwide.


advancing health worldwideTM


In advancing health worldwide, UCSF will:

  • Develop innovative, collaborative approaches for education, health care and research that span disciplines within and across the health sciences
  • Be a world leader in scientific discovery and its translation into improved health
  • Develop the world’s future leaders in health care delivery, research and education
  • Deliver the highest-quality, patient-centered care
  • Build upon its commitment to diversity
  • Provide a supportive work environment to recruit and retain the best people and position UCSF for the future
  • Serve the local, regional and global communities and eliminate health disparities

Strategic Direction

  1. Fostering Innovation and Collaboration
  2. Translating Discoveries into Improved Health
  3. Educating Future Leaders
  4. Providing Highest-Quality Care
  5. Nurturing Diversity
  6. Promoting a Supportive Work Environment
  7. Serving Our Community