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The Strategic Planning Council is responsible for monitoring performance under UAB’s strategic plan, “Forging the Future.” The council was first formed to develop this plan, which went into effect in 2018.

Forging the Future is a blueprint for growth. Like a blueprint for a new house, the plan is just that, a piece of paper that describes what the future could look like. A new house does not get built unless human beings, the architects and builders, take the blueprint and set measurable goals, allocate resources and assign specific people to take specific actions by specific dates. Likewise, the vision established in Forging the Future will only be reached if those of us who work here set objectives, prioritize our resources and assign actions in furtherance of those objectives.

Measuring Success

Forging the Future establishes a bold vision for the future of UAB, with goals and objectives set in each of our four mission pillars: education; research, innovation and economic development; community engagement; and patient care. These pillars are like the elements of a house that have to be constructed in order for there to be an integrated, functional structure that achieves the vision set forth in the blueprint. The pillars are supported by three critical foundations — diversity, philanthropy and stewardship — that are essential to the success of our mission. Each pillar in Forging the Future has multiple objectives that are interconnected and may overlap, supporting the strength of the plan.

Dashboard to Measure Success

Just like those working on a house under construction, those assigned to specific actions to achieve the strategic vision of Forging the Future must be accountable to our fellow employees for completing these actions by specific times. A house would not get built if the builders were not working in unison with well-defined tasks and measurable components with explicit due dates.

To ensure our progress in Forging the Future, this “dashboard” was created to display at a glance information on specific actions that measure achievement of the objectives in the four pillars of the plan, and information about the three foundational areas that represent important facets of UAB’s mission. All of us working toward the objectives of Forging the Future can use this dashboard to get where we want to go!

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