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Strategic Plan Introduction. President Carol Garrison presented a draft of UAB's "Plan for the Future," the strategic plan that is being developed. President Garrison emphasized that the plan is a work in progress that has changed a number of times and will continue to change as we proceed through town hall meetings (scheduled for Feb. 11, 18, and 20) and community meetings. She said that the plan is available on UAB's website (http://main.uab.edu/show.asp?durki=56086) and that input is solicited. Dr. Garrison identified UAB's goals (undergraduate education, graduate and professional education, research and scholarship, service to community and state, and community/financial support) and drafts of vision and mission statements. She then went through the objectives associated with each goal and the "scorecard," as so far developed, associated with the goals. The scorecards will be publicly available and will give yearly snapshots of our success in meeting goals and objectives. Dr. Garrison said also that UAB is developing a list of peer institutions with which it can regularly compare itself.
The Health System. Dr. David Fine, CEO of the UAB Health System, gave a presentation on the health system, including its history, structure, role, and finances. UABHS is a fifty-fifty partnership of the University of Alabama System and Health Services Foundation, with UAB's President as Chair of the UAB Health System Board of Trustees. In its scale of operations, at $1.7b in total assets and $40m in net income, UABHS ranks in the top 100 health systems in the U.S. It gives considerable support to the university's academic programs, primarily in the School of Medicine. A considerable part of its resources, from income, philanthropy, and debt, is committed to the construction of the North Pavilion, which will add 887,000 square feet of space (the Health System, at approximately 3m heated and air conditioned square feet, now has one half of the space at UAB).
Social and Behavioral Science Research. Dean Tennant McWilliams (History; S&BS) gave an overview of research in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. He emphasized that the school has a substantial commitment to undergraduate teaching (40%-60% of faculty effort and a steadily increasing number of majors) and that its activities and accomplishments must be viewed in that light. Dr. McWilliams highlighted the publication of books and peer-reviewed articles in the school as well as the increasing amounts of extramural funding secured by faculty, particularly in the Department of Psychology.
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