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Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Strategic Plan

Grace Baranek

June 29, 2018

Following the USC Chan Division Strategic Planning Steering Committee working retreat and the faculty and staff town hall forum held at the end of April, consultants from AMC Strategies synthesized the groups’ reflections and feedback to develop an initial draft of the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan. The Steering Committee has since met twice to collectively discuss and revise the drafted plan, making thoughtful additions and edits at each stage to ensure it reflects the priorities and interests of the division. Faculty representatives with expertise in diversity and inclusion, the current and prospective research climate, and clinical practice issues spent additional time outside of these meetings to develop strategies and tactics to meet broader goals. For example, the division’s Diversity, Access, and Inclusion Committee contributed key recommendations for how we can work to expand diversity in our faculty and student populations.

On Friday, June 15th, a draft of the Strategic Plan was presented to the USC Chan Board of Councilors at their bi-annual meeting as the final Phase 2 activity in the overall strategic planning process. The Board offered enthusiastic support for the process and work completed thus far, and agreed the draft successfully and comprehensively addresses key strategic priorities necessary for the division’s future success. They also provided valuable input to optimize how our Strategic Plan may be received and understood by other disciplines, external stakeholders, and the public.

While changes are still emerging, the USC Chan 2018-2023 Strategic Plan will feature:

  • A new and inspired vision statement;
  • Core values that emerged from stakeholder interviews, the electronic survey, and steering committee group discussion;
  • Long-term goals that jointly capture what we would like USC Chan to achieve over the next five years; and
  • Multiple strategies and specific tactics to enable us to successfully attain our broader goals.

We look forward to launching Phase 3 in July with a final steering committee meeting, and continuing with an approval, dissemination, and implementation phase beginning at the start of the Fall 2018 semester. A full division meeting and student town hall forum will provide additional opportunities for all faculty, staff and students to participate in discussion regarding the Strategic Plan and future direction of USC Chan. As always, feel free to reach me anytime at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or provide feedback through our online Comment Box.

Sincerely,
Grace Baranek PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Associate Dean, Chair and Professor
USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

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