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2015-2018 Strategic Plan

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

In support of the institutional mission, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences strives to provide superior graduate education as well as leadership in increasing knowledge and understanding through scholarship and research.  The mission of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is to educate the next generation of scientists and health-related professionals in a dynamic and productive research environment that fosters creativity and discovery. 


In order to accomplish the mission, the faculty and staff of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences are committed to:


  • Providing the larger academic community, as well as future employers, with graduates who are highly competent, independent, ethical researchers and teachers;
  • Demonstrating in all pursuits honesty, integrity, trustworthiness, and commitment to academic freedom;
  • Ensuring that GSBS faculty, staff and students are supported in their efforts with state-of-the-art resources, facilities, and training opportunities;
  • Serving as leaders in the community for the advancement of knowledge related to the basic biomedical and related health sciences.
  • Ensuring an environment that values a diversity of people and ideas.

Strategic Goals

In order to effectively accomplish its mission, the GraduateSchool is committed to the following strategic goals:


  1. To provide leadership in the advancement of knowledge through research and scholarship; 
  2. To recruit highly qualified and diverse students into the GSBS programs;
  3. To enhance GSBS academic and training experiences for all students;
  4. Develop and enhance academic programs that reflect targeted educational needs

While the Strategic Goals summarize the ultimate direction of the Graduate School, they are accomplished through the achievement of specific strategies and objectives that are outlined below. 


STRATEGIC GOAL 1:        To recruit a highly qualified and diverse student body into GSBS programs


Strategy 1.1    Provide competitive financial packages for recruitment of students

                            Objective 1.1.1             Maintain the Dean’s Scholars Program                    

                            Objective 1.1.2             Monitor stipends at other institutions and increase TTUHSC stipends in order to stay competitive

                            Objective 1.1.3             Continue to provide fee waiver incentives


Strategy 1.2      Increase recruitment activities  

                           Objective 1.2.1             Hire full-time recruiter

                           Objective 1.2.2             Travel to diverse campuses to recruit students

                           Objective 1.2.3             Develop a recruitment plan to recruit domestic students

                           Objective 1.2.4             Track recruitment activities through the Recruiter software

                           Objective 1.2.5             Develop plan for students to interview and tour campus

                           Objective 1.2.6             Create a recruitment committee to include faculty and students


STRATEGIC GOAL 2:    To improve GSBS academic and training outcomes for all students


Strategy  2.1     Increase exposure to diverse biomedical career opportunities

                          Objective 2.1.1             Continue to improve and expand the annual Faculty & Student Retreat

                          Objective 2.1.2             Develop a seminar series, journal clubs, or similar activities to expose students to the diversity of                                                                          biomedical careers


Strategy 2.2      Conduct systematic assessment of student learning outcomes in all academic degree programs and demonstrate the use of results for program improvements

                            Objective 2.2.1             Establish student learning outcomes and assessment plans for all academic degree programs

                            Objective 2.2.2             Revise course syllabi with course objectives that are linked to student learning outcomes

                            Objective 2.2.3             Develop and use rubrics as measures for oral presentations, seminars, and research projects


Strategy 2.3      Improve student access to resources for improving their academic performance

                            Objective 2.3.1             Implement and assess a student based tutoring program

                            Objective 2.3.2             Provide information at student orientation and on the GSBS website regarding services available to                                                                      improve academic performance, i.e. Graduate Student Association mentoring program

                            Objective 2.3.3             Charge the Core Curriculum Coordination (CCC) Committee to review academic progress in the                                                                          core courses and provide recommendations for high risk students

                           Objective 2.3.4             Assess quality of resources through graduation/exit surveys         


Strategy 2.4     Conduct ongoing systematic program reviews to determine that all programs have the appropriate faculty, students and resources to effectively meet their educational objectives

                            Objective 2.4.1             Disseminate program review policy to all programs

                            Objective 2.4.2             Conduct program reviews so that all programs are reviewed on a seven-year cycle

                            Objective 2.4.3             Use assessment results to revise and improve program action plan


Strategy 2.5     Conduct ongoing assessment of graduates’ employment opportunities and success in the workplace

                          Objective 2.5.1             Distribute exit survey/questionnaire to all graduates 

                          Objective 2.5.2             Develop and implement alumni survey

                          Objective 2.5.3             Disseminate results of surveys to appropriate persons and demonstrate use of results for                                                                                    improvement


STRATEGIC GOAL 3:     Develop and enhance academic programs that reflect targeted educational needs.

Strategy 3.1     Promote educational opportunities within Public Health

                          Objective 3.1.1    ­­­­­­­          Establish a Masters of Public Health degree program

                          Objective 3.1.2             Collaborate with TTU System universities to develop a minor and/or bachelor’s degree in public health

                          Objective 3.1.3             Develop online courses

                          Objective 3.1.4             Initiate process to develop a Masters of Public Health


 Strategy 3.2      Promote educational opportunities within Premedical Sciences & Biotechnology

                           Objective 3.2.1             Expand the Masters in Premedical Sciences to 20 students.

                           Objective 3.2.2             Expand the biotechnology MS program in Abilene.

                           Objective 3.2.3             Explore opportunities for a PhD in Biotechnology.


STRATEGIC GOAL 4:    To provide leadership in the advancement of knowledge through research and scholarship 

Strategy  4.1        Collaborate with the Office of Research to increase research funding and success

                            Objective  4.1.1            Assist in the recruitment of additional funded faculty

                            Objective  4.1.2            Assist inmentoring current students in obtaining research fellowships

                            Objective  4.1.3            Increase collaborative efforts with faculty in the clinical sciences

                            Objective  4.1.4            Develop summer workshops to mentor students and improve the general research culture

                            Objective  4.1.5            Collaborate with the Office of Research to better integrate Post-docs into GSBS activities


  Strategy  4.2      Collaborate with other stakeholders at the TTUHSC to develop GSBS scholarship funds                

                              Objective  4.2.1            With other stakeholders, meet with Institutional Advancement to create a Development Plan to                                                                              focus on raisings funds GSBS scholarships