Representing a milestone in its 143-year history, UCSF recently unveiled its first-ever strategic plan, which charts the University's course as a global leader in health sciences over the next two decades. The plan is the product of a highly inclusive process that has rallied the campus community around a unified sense of purpose and promise. A summary of the UCSF Strategic Plan is posted here. The plan boldly articulates UCSF's mission, advancing health worldwide™ and spells out a clear vision to foster innovation and collaboration, translate discoveries into improved health, educate future leaders, provide highest-quality care, nurture diversity, promote a supportive work environment and serve the community. These seven priority areas now help to guide UCSF's strategic direction over the next 20 years. Since the plan was finalized in June, the schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy, the Graduate Division and UCSF Medical Center have started or will start their own long-term planning processes to ensure that their collective visions for the future fit in with the University's overall plan. UCSF also is aligning its development campaign with the priorities in the strategic plan, such as preparing for a new medical center at Mission Bay. The UCSF Strategic Advisory Board, co-chaired by Elizabeth Blackburn and Peter Carroll, oversees the initiative and will work with campus leaders to ensure that progress is made. In a couple of months, campus leaders will reconvene the campus community in town hall meetings to share the progress of, and plot the next steps in realizing, the plan. In this implementation phase, there are few quick fixes. In fact, some solutions require nothing short of a transformation from the UCSF of today to one well-prepared for the 21st century. "We look forward to working with everyone in our community to realize the shared vision and aspirations delineated in this plan - not just for UCSF, but for the benefit of all," say Chancellor Mike Bishop and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Eugene Washington. Editor's note: The stories in this series also appear in Newsbreak, the campus newspaper, which is being delivered to campus locations beginning today, (Oct. 19).
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