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2023 - 2027 Strategic Plan

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT CRUICKSHANK

 

IT IS DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTATE HOW MUCH THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HAS IMPACTED OUR PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL LIVES.

For more than two years, the pandemic has greatly accelerated the pace of change with how we teach, learn, serve, socialize, worship, and consume goods and services. These changes in our way of being have presented both new and significant challenges, and amazing opportunities. 

Perhaps the most significant challenge the pandemic has caused for society, healthcare, and for Cabarrus College of Health Sciences is the great need for healthcare professionals. While there has always been a need for doctors, nurses, medical assistants, occupational therapists, and surgical technologists, our country has probably not experienced such great demand since the college was founded during World War II. What is exciting for Cabarrus College is that embedded in this pronounced and significant challenge lies great opportunity. We look forward to confronting the challenges and embracing the opportunities while doing our part to educate the next generation of well-prepared healthcare professionals to serve their communities with compassionate care.

Embracing the Opportunities: the 2023-2027 Strategic Plan for Cabarrus College of Health Sciences identifies how we intend to embrace and overcome these great challenges. The plan identifies how we will add new degree programs and prepare more graduates; provide enhanced services to the various types of learners we serve; have a positive social impact on our community; innovate and become integrated into the new Health Sciences System; and ensure we have the human, financial, and technical resources to provide the quality experiences and education our teammates and students deserve.

When we began the strategic planning process, we had two primary objectives: engagement and transparency. We accomplished both. We involved approximately 500 faculty, staff, students, alumni, governing board members, and community members in the process. We utilized focus groups, open-campus meetings, online surveys, and several committees to obtain input into the plan. We also shared meeting invitations, minutes, survey results, and planning documents with the entire college community. This inclusive process allowed us to get the best thinking from everyone and produced excellent results.

Thank you to all of those who participated in the planning process. Your input was extremely import- ant. Your leadership was instrumental in developing such a strong plan. Special thanks go to our Steering Committee for their leadership and the extra commitment they put into this project.

I look forward to embracing the opportunities and overcoming these challenging times with you over the next five years. Let’s work together to accomplish the goals, strategies, and success measures outlined herein. Let’s embrace the opportunity to execute on our mission to provide exemplary healthcare education to as many future healthcare professionals as possible.

Cam Cruickshank, PhD
President

 

 

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