Key Terms and Definitions

A glossary of common words and phrases related to the strategic planning process

  • Action item
    • A measurable step to achieve a goal
  • Environmental scan
    • Current state of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
  • Goal
    • Broad primary outcome
  • Metrics
    • How you determine progress toward meeting a goal
  • Mission
    • A foundational statement that describes the purpose of the School of Medicine’s existence. It answers the questions: Why do we do what we do, and how do we distinguish ourselves from other medical schools?
  • Strategic aims
    • A picture of where we are headed in the next five years
  • Strategic plan
    • A guide that defines and delineates our priorities and how we intend to meet them
  • Values
    • What is important to us
  • Vision
    • An image or description of the medical school community we aspire to become in the next five years
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