Applied Strategic Planning Committee Holds Annual Meeting

ASP_annual_meeting-200The Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) Applied Strategic Planning (ASP) Committee met for its annual meeting on Wednesday, November 28 and Thursday, November 29, 2012. The meeting was facilitated by Dr. Bob Frazer of R. L. Frazer and Associates and ASP Co-Chairs Drs. John Guarente and Celeste Kong. R.L Frazer and Associates is the consulting firm that was hired by GSDM to facilitate the ASP process.

During the meeting, the group reviewed the overall ASP process along with the core values, operational values, and mission of GSDM. Mr. Gurjinder Gill provided a review of the Balanced Scorecard (BSC) monitoring process that is being used as we implement the ASP. The balanced scorecard is a strategic planning and management system that is used extensively in business and industry, government, and nonprofit organizations worldwide to align business activities to the vision and strategy of the organization, improve internal and external communications, and monitor organizational performance against strategic goals.

Also during the meeting, ASP Committee Co-Chair Dr. Celeste Kong presented the ASP Committee with an update of the environmental scan that was initially presented in 2010. An environmental scan compiles factual and subjective information on a broad spectrum of social, political, economic, and marketplace trends that may affect change either positively or negatively in an organization.  Kong also closed the meeting, “Our first annual ASP was another successful learning experience that provided the ASPC with the necessary information to continue to move forward with our implementation process.”

Drs. Cataldo Leone, Carl McManama and David Russell then reviewed the two Curriculum Summits held to date and provided plans for the Group Practice Model that is being developed for GSDM. Then, each of the 10 goal champions reviewed progress and updated related objectives and integrated action plans (IAPs) in order to ensure that the ASP remains responsive to internal and external changes.

“I am very pleased with the progress that has been made in implementing our ASP to date and I look forward to continuing to build on the momentum that we have built,” said Dean Jeffrey W. Hutter. “Under the continued direction of ASP Committee co-chairs Drs. Guarente and Kong, Implementation Team Leader Dr. Paula K. Friedman, and ASP Project Manager Mr. Gill I know that the committee and all GSDM stakeholders will continue implementation at what is truly an impressive pace.”  Co-chair Dr. John Guarente added, “It continues to be an honor to work with such an energized group of people, that are putting our plan to work. The information shared at our annual meeting clearly demonstrated that, together, our vision is going to be a reality.”