Institutional Effectiveness and Planning

Our Mission is:

To facilitate the strategic planning and accreditation processes for internal stakeholders through ongoing administrative support, documentation, and analysis of outcomes to demonstrate the College’s commitment to continuous improvement.

Our Vision is:

To serve the campus community by organizing, managing, and nurturing a process for ongoing, integrated, and systematic planning and evaluation of institutional goals and outcomes that contribute to demonstrating the College is effectively accomplishing its mission.

Strategic Plan

Meharry’s Plan for Action (M-PACT) was first implemented in 2009 as a five year plan. The strategic plan was developed with input from faculty, staff, students, Trustees, and other constituents to address seven priorities or strategic pathways for advancing the College’s mission and vision from 2009 to 2014. The strategic pathways are:

  1. Educational Excellence
  2. Faculty Recruitment, Retention, and Development
  3. Clinical Excellence
  4. Research Excellence
  5. Operational Excellence
  6. Facilities, Infrastructure and Environment
  7. Financial Performance

The process of developing a new strategic plan was launched in 2013 with the intent of having a plan in place before M-PACT expired at the end of June 2014. Over several months, M-PACT 2.0: Meharry’s Plan for Action 2014-2016 was developed. M-PACT 2.0 is a continuation of M-PACT that is designed to serve two purposes: (1) to carry forward goals and objectives that continue to be strategically important and (2) to address emerging issues and priorities during the tenure of A. Cherrie Epps, Ph.D., as President and Chief Executive Officer of Meharry Medical College. M-PACT 2.0 carries forward the College’s mission, vision, and values statements as well as the strategic pathways that were adopted for M-PACT. Click here to view M-PACT 2.0.

Progress toward achieving the goals and objectives outlined in M-PACT are monitored and reported by Strategic Plan Work Groups biannually in mid-year and year-end reports. The M-PACT outcome reports are available for review by the campus community on the intranet. The reports are provided to the President for reporting to the Board of Trustees.

The College’s Institutional Effectiveness Committee is charged with assessing the extent to which the College has achieved the outcomes listed in the strategic plan as well as other efforts to achieve institutional effectiveness and continuous improvement.

Accreditation

The Office of Strategic Planning and Accreditation is the designated area for interacting with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) on the President’s behalf. The Senior Advisor to the President for Strategic Planning and Accreditation serves as the SACSCOC Liaison, communicates updates concerning policies and standards for accreditation to the President and Executive Management Team, coordinates preparation of reports and requests for information from SACSCOC, and provides leadership for preparing documents for the reaffirmation of accreditation.  The Office of Strategic Planning and Accreditation also provides information and assistance as needed to the School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, and School of Graduate Studies and Research for continuing accreditation by their respective agencies.

Meharry Medical College is accredited by the following organizations:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the regional accrediting body for Meharry Medical College.

Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
Medical education programs leading to the M.D. degree in the United States and Canada are accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) accredits dental and dental-related education programs conducted at the post-secondary level. 

Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredits schools of public health and public health programs offered in settings other than schools of public health.

Staff

Juanita F. Buford, Ed.D.

Sr. Advisor to the President for Strategic Planning and Accreditation

Assistant Professor, School of Graduate Studies and Research and School of Medicine

jbuford@mmc.edu

Contact

Office of Strategic Planning and Accreditation

Meharry Medical College

1005 Dr. D.B. Todd Jr., Blvd.

Nashville, TN 37208-3599

Telephone: 615.327.6289