institutional Effectiveness and Planning

Our Mission is:

To facilitate strategic planning, institutional effectiveness and accreditation processes for internal stakeholders through ongoing administrative support, documentation, and analysis in support of continuing improvement and accomplishment of the College's mission.

Our Vision is:

The Office of Planning will nurture a process for ongoing, integrated, systematic, and research-based planning and evaluation of institutional goals and outcomes that contribute to continuous improvement.

Strategic Plan
The Office of Planning is responsible for implementation and execution of the strategic plan and ensuring continual progress toward accreditation. Meharry's Plan for Action 2009–14 (MPACT!) is the College's current strategic plan, addressing seven pathways that further Meharry's mission and vision for the future:

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

Progress toward achievement of the strategic goals and objectives are monitored and reported by work groups composed of faculty and staff from all schools and administrative areas. Outcomes for stated objectives are reported biannually in mid-year and year-end reports. The strategic plan and outcome reports are available to the campus community by clicking here.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Providing administrative support for the Institutional Effectiveness Committee (IEC). The IEC is charged with assessing the extent to which the College achieves expected outcomes for its educational programs, administrative support services, student support services, research, and community/public service. The IEC contributes to meeting the requirements for institutional effectiveness that are necessary for continued accreditation.
  • Ensuring that compliance with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) accreditation requirements are incorporated into the planning and evaluation process of the institution.

Juanita F. Buford, Ed.D.
Director, Institutional Effectiveness & Planning
Assistant Professor, School of Medicine and School of Graduate Studies

Office of Institutional Effectiveness & Planning
Meharry Medical College
1005 Dr. D. B. Todd Jr., Blvd.
Nashville, Tennessee 37208-3599
Telephone: 615.327.6078

Meharry Medical College is accredited by the following organizations:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Accreditation
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, when considering accreditation status, determines the institution's integrity and its commitment to quality enhancement. These two principles serve as the foundation of the relationship between the Commission and its members and candidate institutions.

Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) Accreditation
Accreditation is a process of quality assurance in post-secondary education that determines whether an institution or program meets established standards for function, structure, and performance. The accreditation process also fosters institutional and program improvement. 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). The LCME's scope is limited to the accreditation of complete and independent medical education programs where students are geographically located in the United States or Canada for their education and that are operated by universities or medical schools that are chartered in the United States or Canada.

Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)
As part of the American Dental Association, the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), established in 1975, is nationally recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) to accredit dental and dental-related education programs conducted at the post-secondary level. CODA's mission is to serve the public by establishing, maintaining, and applying standards that ensure the quality and continuous improvement of dental and dental-related education and reflect the evolving practice of dentistry.

Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) Accreditation
The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and public health programs offered in settings other than schools of public health. These schools and programs prepare students for entry into careers in public health. The primary professional degree is the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.), but other masters and doctoral degrees are offered as well.