UHSP Board of Trustees Approves New Strategic Plan
Published on 25 March 2021
With the STLCOP 20/20 strategic plan now complete, University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis is launching the next chapter of its history with the approval of a new, three-year strategic plan.
The plan, which was approved by the University’s Board of Trustees on Jan. 11, outlines six, key strategic directions designed to provide a new vision for the University and position it for the future during a time when higher education is facing new challenges and rapid changes.
The strategic directions outlined in the plan represent the foremost charges for the University moving forward.
- Teaching & Learning: Facilitate a world-class education.
- Discovery & Innovation: Demonstrate impactful research, scholarship, personal growth, and continuous improvement.
- Student, Faculty and Staff Experience: Provide an enriching environment and opportunities for a meaningful experience for all.
- Diverse Perspectives: Expand horizons to foster social awareness and cultural sensitivity.
- Community Engagement: Leadership, service and advocacy to build stronger communities.
- Resources and Infrastructure: Grow resources, improve administrative processes and provide an optimal infrastructure to support our community.
“As we roll out this new strategic plan, we are also reflecting on all that was accomplished as part of STLCOP 20/20,” said John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., FCCP, FAPhA, FFIP, president of the University. “From the construction of our state-of-the-art Academic and Research Building and the Recreation and Student Center to our work to advance our research agenda and expand our curriculum offerings, there is much to celebrate. But as we look to our future as University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis, we have an opportunity to re-envision our University and prepare for future success. Our new strategic plan is a dynamic and living document that will serve as a blueprint for the University for the next three years.”
The plan is the result of a planning process which began in fall 2019 with the formation of a strategic planning committee that included University faculty, staff and students. During the planning process, the committee worked to determine the University’s mission, vision, values, three-year aspirations and strategic directions and objectives.
Along the way, the committee sought feedback from the campus community through surveys and in-person dialogue.
“Through this process, we set out to create a University-level strategic plan that would provide a structure and framework for determining our future priorities, mission and aspirations,” Pieper noted. “As our committee worked to create this plan, we were intentional about ensuring that members of our campus community had the opportunity to weigh-in with their feedback and be part of this important process.”
Pieper notes that while each strategic direction outlined in the new strategic plan represents a critical area of importance, immediate attention will be placed on resources and infrastructure.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted higher education across the globe, as institutions continue to grapple with changing economics, demographics and financial pressures resulting from this historic time,” Pieper said. “While the University has fared better than many institutions and is fortunate to remain in a strong financial position, we are looking at steps we can take to grow revenue and thoughtfully manage our expenses to preserve our financial future.”
Initially, Pieper says the University will examine the structure of the organization in order to create efficiencies and reduce administrative costs.
“While much of the work under our Resources and Infrastructure directive will be focused on cost savings, we’ll also be looking at revenue generation and growth opportunities,” Pieper explained. “These include the continued expansion of our academic offerings and degree programs, new ways to leverage our facilities and other strategies for growing our enrollment.”
As part of the strategic planning process, St. Louis College of Pharmacy, the College of Arts and Sciences and administrative units have been charged with developing unit-level plans that align with the overall University plan. Work on these plans is currently underway.
“While our institution has faced great challenges in recent months, there are many great opportunities that lie ahead for us to reimagine our future, build on our strengths and invest to achieve our goals,” Pieper said. “Our new strategic plan provides the perfect framework for us to usher in this new era in our history.”
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