Strategic Plan

Transforming the Future of Oral Health Education

The Dugoni School has led in transforming dental education in many ways - our humanistic model, our accelerated year-round predoctoral program and a vibrant alumni association — to name only a few. 

This is a perfect time to look at the future of oral health and the Dugoni School's place in that future. Our last major strategic planning effort was over 10 years ago. While we updated the plan in 2013, many changes have occurred locally, nationally, and globally over the past four years. In today's rapidly changing education and health care environment, the Dugoni School must position itself to move to even higher levels of prominence as a leader among academic dental institutions if we are to transform the future of oral health education, and so oral health.

Our initiation of a strategic planning process coincides with the University's engagement to develop a new plan, Pacific 2025. The Dugoni School's plan will be informed by, align with, and complement the University's vision, mission, values, and priorities. I have appointed a Strategic Planning Oversight Committee (SPOC) to help guide us in the planning process. SPOC is assisted by the Academy for Academic Leadership, a consulting firm that has worked with us for many years. SPOC members are Dr. Elisa Chávez (Chair), Dr. Homer Asadi, Mr. Marco Castellanos, Dr. Richard Fredekind, Dr. Des Gallagher, Dr. Alan Gluskin, Dr. Natasha Lee, Dr. Cindy Lyon, Mr. Blake Swimmer and Dr. Gabrielle Thodas. Serving as internal consultants to SPOC are Ms. Joanne Fox, Director, Dugoni School Alumni Association; Mr. Jeff Rhode, Associate Dean for Development; Mr. Dan Soine, Director of Marketing and Communications; and Ms. Joan Yokom, Director of Design & Photo.

Strategic planning is a communicative, consensus-building process. SPOC will seek input from faculty, students, staff, University administrators, alumni, and other major stakeholders as it facilitates the plan's development.  SPOC has identified these principles to guide the strategic planning process:

  • Prioritize and limit efforts to those areas most likely to have a significant impact on the future of oral health education
  • Foster open and transparent communication, respectful of all opinions
  • Encourage creativity and informed risk-taking
  • Look beyond ourselves and traditional dental education for transformative ideas
  • Focus on the good of the entire Dugoni School community

Building on our school's distinctive character and historic strengths, SPOC is charged with creating a bold and dynamic strategic plan to advance us to new levels of success. A living document, our new strategic plan will be public, accessible to all stakeholders and interested parties as a model of educational distinction. The implementation plan and associated outcomes assessment plan will be disseminated throughout the school as we work together to create a new and exciting future. Please join me and the Dugoni School in transforming the future of oral health education!

Nader A. Nadershahi, DDS, MBA, EdD 

January 2017


Strategic Plan at a Glance
(October 18, 2017)
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Strategic Plan — Transforming the Future of Oral Health Education (Aug. 22, 2017)
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Strategic Plan Launch — Town Hall Presentation (Aug. 22, 2017)
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Strategic Planning — Environmental Scan and Other Background Materials 

The following resources provide insights about higher education, dental education, healthcare, technology and other importance factors that impact the Dugoni School. SPOC invites members of the school community to review these materials as part of the strategic planning process. 

Strategic Planning Timeline 2017

AAL analysis; Open forum for all faculty, staff and students 

Stakeholder interviews by AAL
Open dialogue with the Dugoni School family (venues TBA)
Surveys distributed to the school
Focus groups conducted by AAL

AAL compiles data from surveys, interviews and focus groups to produce report to SPOC
SPOC conference call with AAL

Invite workshop participants
Workshops conducted on site by AAL
May Work groups submit their reports
SPOC and AAL draft a preliminary report

Preliminary report is submitted to Dean Nadershahi

Draft shared with the school community for feedback

SPOC prepares a final report for the Dean
Dean shares the plan with the community