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GIP Subcommittee on Strategic Planning and Management: Hot Topic Discussions

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The GIP Strategic Planning and Management Subcommittee is focused on efforts that include communicating best practices, hosting and planning webinars, and being a general resource to the strategic planning community. Over the past months, members of the subcommittee have been taking turns facilitating hot topic discussions on the monthly subcommittee calls on topics such as: developing your strategic plan, linking budget and planning, and communicating your plan. Summaries and PowerPoint slides from some of these calls are available below for your review. Please contact gip@aamc.org for more information on this subcommittee.

Campus Labs - June 2020

Presenter

Leslie Johnson, MBA
Director, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness
Office of the Dean
Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

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Presentation slides (PDF)

The Role of Assessment in Strategic Planning - July 2020

Assessment is often the first step in the strategic planning process, but it never stops. At the beginning of the process, planners explore internal and external forces, trends, opportunities, and threats. This provides context to the strategy and establishes a way to monitor the efficacy and relevance of the plan later during implementation. Assessment does not come without challenges. Selecting and prioritizing relevant metrics can be difficult. Often, the amount of data generated by such assessments can lead to analysis paralysis, when the group resists making a decision without reviewing all data from all angles. To avoid being overwhelmed, planners must focus on the data necessary to achieve the desired outcomes of the strategic plan recognizing that not everything has to be evaluated every year. Ultimately, assessments enable the outcomes of strategic plans to be data-driven, and data-driven strategy leads to the fastest, most efficient path to success (Jones, 2019).

Presenters

Carolyn Brayko, PhD
Director, Organizational Development & Strategic Planning
Office of the Dean
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Leslie Johnson, MBA
Director, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness
Office of the Dean
Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

Material

Presentation slides (PDF)

Reference

Jones, SC. Data-driven strategic planning moves missions farther faster. https://measurementresourcesco.com/2019/05/26/data-driven-strategic-planning-moves-missions/. Accessed November 13, 2020.

Human Centered Design - December 2020

Presenter

Nick Viator, MA
Strategic Planner
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Material

Presentation slides (PDF)

Organizational Structure Around Strategy & Staffing - February 2021

Strategy and/or strategic planning offices in higher education have slowly emerged over the last decade or so, including those in U.S. medical schools. Where these offices are structurally housed, who leads them, and what their scope of work entails varies from institution to institution. However, the answers to these questions and others may impact how effective these offices and leaders can be in helping achieve the strategic priorities of the institution. In February 2021, the GIP Strategic Planning and Management Subcommittee explored this issue by asking each member to share the organizational structures and functions of their offices. The exercise illustrated just how varying these offices are structured and function across AAMC member institutions.

Presenter

David Hefner, Ed.D.
Vice President, Office of Strategy & Institutional Effectiveness
Morehouse School of Medicine

Material

Presentation slides (PDF)

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