Strategic plan

Mission, vision and values

The Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will serve as a preeminent model for learning, scholarship, and engagement impacting health, safety, and well being worldwide through leadership, innovation, and interconnectedness of our disciplines. 


This strategic plan of the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (EACPHS) guides development of strategic plans for each unit of the College. In turn, the unit strategic plans will integrated into the annual goals, objectives and metrics of the College.


Our mission is to advance the health and well being of society through the preparation of highly skilled health care practitioners and, through research, to discover, evaluate, and implement improved models of practice and treatments in health care sciences and pharmacy.


The health science and pharmacy programs within the EACPHS are recognized nationally and internationally for the preparation of graduates, who transform healthcare through leadership and commitments to exceptional care for patients and clients, and for scholarship in basic, clinical, translational, applied sciences and the scholarship of teaching, learning, and service.


The faculty, staff, and students achieve this mission within a culture of respect, compassion, caring, advocacy, integrity, evidence-based decision making, continuous improvement, commitment to excellence, and responsiveness to the needs of communities. 


The College is committed to growing and expanding recruitment and retention of high-quality faculty, students, and staff; facilitating research and scholarship; enhancing service to communities, embracing diversity, and strengthening support by engageing alumni, society at large, and stakeholders.

Strategic Goals and Objectives, 2013-2018


The EACPHS consists of 1 accredited health care disciplines that offer degrees or certificates for undergraduate, professional,  and graduate students. Graduates of the Pathologist's Assistant, Clinical Laboratory Science, Mortuary Science, Radiologic Technology, and Radiation Therapy Technology programs are awarded the Bachelors of Science degree. The Masters of Science (MS) degree is awarded to graduates of the Nurse Anesthesia, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant,  Radiologist Assistant, and Pharmaceutical Science programs. A Masters in Occupational Therapy (MOT) is awarded to graduates of the occupational therapy program. Doctoral degrees are awarded to graduates in the physical therapy (DPT) and pharmacy (PharmD) programs. The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree is awarded to the graduates in Pharmaceutical Science. Certificates of achievement are awarded in a variety of specialized disciplines.  

EACPHS is a complex organization which includes a variety of healthcare disciplines. Many of these disciplines have their own accreditation standards and the units within the College have different areas of focus. Given this, standardized metrics which can apply to all units within the College are extremely challenging to develop. However, the Faculty believe that metrics are needed to track progress in achieving the aims of the strategic plan and in demonstrating our commitment to advancing the professions and the College.

Given this, each unit, as defined by the leadership of the College, will be responsible for developing unit specific goals and objectives along with related metrics that would be suitable for tracking the progress towards the strategic goals of the College and the University. Units will review and vote to approve the proposed objectives. In addition, metrics will be compared with data, if it exists, from the previous three years (2010-2013). All units will establish their objectives and related metrics by the start of the Fall 2013 academic semester. Unit objectives and metrics will be reflected in the College strategic plan and will be updated periodically.

Strategic Direction 1: Enhance and expand educational experiences that exceed the expectations of health care providers, professional organizations, and students.

  • Goal 1 (a): Adjust the enrollment of students to meet regional and national health care needs by refining objective metrics annually within the context of unit strategic plans and budgetary constraints.
    • Objective 1(a): 1.  Increase, maintain or adjust student enrollment in accordance with individual program strategic plans. 
    • Objective 1(a): 2.  Achieve and maintain student retention rates in accordance with individual program strategic plans.
    • Objective 1(a): 3.  Achieve and maintain student graduation on-time rates in accordance with individual program strategic plans.
    • Objective 1(a): 4. Achieve one-year licensure/certification/registration rates in accordance with individual program strategic plans.
  • Goal 1 (b): Enhance student learning and success.
    • Objective 1(b): 1. Increase student satisfaction with support services and educational experiences throughout the EACPHS as measured on graduation exit surveys.
    • Objective 1(b): 2. Increase the number of on-line learning experiences throughout the EACPHS.
    • Objective 1(b): 3.  Increase the availability of scholarship funds for students according to metrics established by the individual programs and the Dean's office.
    • Objective 1(b): 4.  Increase the opportunities for students to be employed by the College.
    • Objective 1(b): 5.  Provide mentoring opportunities for students in cooperation with the College's alumni.
    • Objective 1(b): 6.  Increase the scholarship of teaching and learning to enhance student learning and curricular innovation.
    • Objective 1(b): 7. Increase the number of students engaged in research experiences through fellowships and educational programs in accordance with individual program strategic plans.
  • Goal 1(c): Expand experiential training in health-care facilities.
    • Objective 1(c): 1. Assess and respond to on-going needs, opportunities, and challenges for expansion of experiential training opportunities in individual programs.
  • Goal 1 (d)Create and implement training opportunities for graduates and postgraduates.
    • Objective 1(d): 1. Increase the number of graduates pursuing postgraduate educational degrees or postgraduate clinical training in accordance with individual program strategic plans.
    • Objective 1(d): 2. Expand the scope and size of graduate training programs and increase the number of PhD graduate students in accordance with individual program strategic plans.
    • Objective 1(d): 3. Conduct a feasibility study of multidisciplinary integrated PhD graduate programs (e.g., rehabilitative science, clinical science); professional doctorates (e.g., DNAP, DOT), and MS degrees (e.g., Pathology Associate, Public Health).
    • Objective 1(d): 4. Develop interdisciplinary clinical initiatives, internal or external, across health care disciplines to enhance cooperative clinical practices.

Strategic Direction 2: Increase the discovery of knowledge with pre-eminent research and scholarship.

  • Goal 2 (a): Enhance support for faculty scholarship.      
    • Objective 2(a): 1. Expand and strengthen current formal mentoring opportunities.
    • Objective 2(a): 2. Increase internal funding for faculty competitive research awards (e.g., support staff, matching funds for internal awards, equipment upgrades, "bridge" funding, "seed" money).
    • Objective 2(a): 3. Provide yearly funding to support faculty participation at workshops that advance scholarship endeavors.
  • Goal 2 (b): Increase success in scholarship/research.
    • Objective 2(b): 1. Promote a culture that embraces the value and contribution of research and scholarship to enhance health care science, prevention of disorders, treatments, outcomes, costs, and practice.
    • Objective 2(b): 2. Facilitate opportunities for multi-investigator, multidisciplinary research collaborations with the College, University and with national and international colleagues. 
    • Objective 2(b): 3. All full-time faculty members in the College will be able to demonstrate evidence of scholarship and disseminate results in accordance with metrics determined by each program within the College.
    • Objective 2(b): 4. Increase the number of GRAs, GTAs, postdoctoral fellows and trainees continuing in an academic or research career (e.g. clinical residencies, NIH, organizational internships, or other specialty training) in accordance with individual program strategic plans.
    • Objective 2(b): 4. Increase the number of full-time faculty who participate in an internally or externally funded project (e.g., service contract, grant award). 
    • Objective 2(b): 6. Increase the number of posters presented at the Annual Research Forum in accordance with individual program strategic plans.
    • Objective 2(b): 7. Generate plans to establish one or more research institutes or centers.        
    • Objective 2(b). 8. Demonstrate consistent upward trend in extramural funding for the College and programs.

Strategic Direction 3: Enhance the diversity of our academic community.

  • Goal 3: Increase our recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and students from underserved communities.
    • Objective 3: 1. Increase the number of applications for admission and acceptances into EACPHS from under-represented students in accordance with  individual program strategic plans.
    • Objective 3. 2. Increase the number of applications for admission and acceptances into undergraduate research experiences by under-represented students in accordance with individual program strategic plans.
    • Objective 3: 3. Identify qualified students from under-represented populations through collaboration with other Wayne State University programs to assist in achieving Objective 3.1. 
    • Objective 3: 4. Utilize the Diversity Advisory Task Force and the College's Cultural Competence Committee to enhance student mentoring and recruitment.      
    • Objective 3:5. Increase the number of global learning experiences for students in accordance with individual program strategic plans.
    • Objective 3.6. Increase the diversity of faculty and staff within the College to enhance learning and support services for students and the people we serve.

Strategic Direction 4: Increase faculty, student and alumni involvement in professional and community activities.

  • Goal 4 (a):  Enhance capacity of College to engage students in community health care service and in health profession organizations.
    • Objective 4(a): 1. Increase student participation in community health care service and develop methods to measure the impact of student engagement.
    • Objective 4(a): 2. Increase the number of students actively participating in professional organizations according to individual program strategic plans.
  •  Goal 4 (b):  Enhance capacity to engage students, alumni and stakeholders with EACPHS initiatives.
    • Objective 4(b): 1. Increase the number of gifts of time, talent, and funds in support of students and programs in accordance with program strategic plans.
    • Objective 4(b): 2. Increase student, faculty, and alumni involvement in development efforts.
    • Objective 4(b): 3.  Indentify, recruit, and engage health leaders in different professions to interact with faculty, students and alumni.
    • Objective 4(b): 4.  Building on the success of Apple Days, increase faculty, student and alumni involvement in secondary school enrichment programs to provide exposure to careers in the health sciences.

Strategic Direction 5:  Develop additional resources to support the advancement of the College's mission.

  • Goal 5: Develop partnerships with industry and healthcare organizations to expand program initiatives.
    • Objective 5: 1. Evaluate opportunities for faculty participation in entrepreneurial clinical service activities on behalf of the College (e.g., partnerships, practice plans).
    • Objective 5: 2. Demonstrate an upward trend in College and faculty intellectual property (e.g., patents and potential for commercialization).
    • Objective 5: 3. Increase extramural scientific partnerships (nationally/internationally) with other universities and within the private sector in accordance with individual program strategic plans.

Strategic Direction 6:  Enhance public awareness for the College and its professions.

  • Goal 6 (a): Develop marketing and communication plans to promote the College's brand and build recognition of the College's accomplishments.
    • Objective 6(a): 1. Systematically collect and disseminate information on student, faculty, staff, and alumni achievements.
    • Objective 6(a): 2. Increase dissemination of the accomplishments of our students and graduates, faculty research and expertise, and the College's contribution to the community through the media, newsletters and other forms ofcommunication.
  • Goal 6 (b): Develop dashboards for health care and pharmacy disciplines
    • Objective 6(b): 1. Develop dashboards using key performance metrics for the College and its programs.
    • Objective 6(b): 2. Advance all benchmarked health disciplines in rankings within five years to above the 50th percentile nationally.

Strategic Direction 7: Increase the effectiveness of the College's administrative and support services.

  • Goal 7 (a): Develop a training and development plan to enhance the effectiveness and career development of the College's staff.
  • Goal 7 (b): Establish a task force of faculty and staff to benchmark a number of administrative and academic support functions and to provide recommendations to contain costs and improve efficiencies.

(approved by EACPHS faculty and academic staff April 30, 2013)