UAB Strategic Plan

UAB’s vision for the 21st century is to be an internationally renowned research university — a first choice for education and health care—thus the name UAB21 for the strategic plan that carries us through 2015.


This plan is complemented by and coordinated with two significant, related activities: UAB Health System’s AMC21 plan, envisioning ours as “the preferred academic medical center of the 21st century,” and a strategic plan for the School of Medicine’s mission of outstanding teaching, research and patient care


UAB is internationally renowned for its intensely collaborative culture that has—for more than four decades—produced continual breakthroughs in education, healthcare, research and service. That spirit of collaboration also produced UAB's Strategic Plan in 2002, as students, faculty and staff engaged in a campus-wide discussion on shared goals, objectives and metrics. Now that collaborative process continues, as the Strategic Plan is refined to forge an even brighter future for UAB, for Birmingham and the state of Alabama in today's global, knowledge economy.

UAB21, the 2010-2015 revision of the Strategic Plan, was discussed in draft form in 2010 at campuswide town hall meetings and via emailed comments from the campus community.  As finalized, none of the goals is a radical departure from the original; they have been refined and more targeted to current aims. Each goal is followed by the rationale for the revision—the circumstances or challenges that demand our best, targeted efforts. Following the rationale is a section on UAB's readiness to accomplish the new goal—all that we've achieved together that positions us to have an even greater impact. Next are refined objectives that will enable UAB to indeed strengthen our impact in each area and thereby accomplish each new goal. Finally, because "what gets measured gets done," updated scorecards propose targets to help us track progress and remain accountable.

The UAB Vision
UAB's vision is to be an internationally renowned research university — a first choice for education and health care.

The UAB Mission
UAB's mission is to be a research university and academic health center that discovers, teaches and applies knowledge for the intellectual, cultural, social and economic benefit of Birmingham, the state and beyond.

The UAB Values

  • Academic freedom
  • Accountability
  • Caring and responsive service
  • Collaboration
  • Commitment to excel
  • Community involvement
  • Diversity
  • Entrepreneurial/can-do attitude
  • Ethical conduct
  • Shared governance
  • Unity of purpose