Tackling Challenges: 2020-22 Key Initiatives Update From Academic Affiliation Team

December 3, 2020 | UToday
By Staff

The working teams focused on the 2020-22 Key Initiatives identified by Interim President Gregory Postel are developing their plans to tackle current obstacles and explore innovative ideas to prepare UToledo for the future.

The teams will be providing preliminary updates of their planning process over the next several weeks. The campus community is invited to follow along with each team’s progress and offer ideas for improvement and innovation using the online recommendation form.

The Enhance Educational Opportunities and Partnerships Through Academic Affiliation Agreement with ProMedica team is led by Dr. Christopher Cooper, executive vice president for clinical affairs and dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, and Dr. Amjad Hussain, professor emeritus of cardiovascular surgery and humanities and former member of the UToledo Board of Trustees.

What are the key goals the team hopes to accomplish?
Our key goals are to develop a dashboard that lets us know where we are in implementing the 2015 Academic Affiliation with ProMedica, contemplate novel “Blue Ocean” strategies to further our collaboration with ProMedica, enhance the quality of the educational experiences we share with ProMedica, and identify other potential partnerships with ProMedica that are outside of the current affiliation agreement.

What processes/issues is the team discussing and reviewing?
We started with a methodical review of the Academic Affiliation Agreement to understand where we are and what we need to finish. This was very helpful in informing the dashboard we are developing. Next, we looked at areas where we could collaborate with ProMedica, within the confines of the current agreement, that create new and unique opportunities for both organizations. We also have spent considerable time evaluating how we can strengthen the educational experiences for our learners with ProMedica.

How is the team planning to engage members of the campus community throughout their process?
We are very fortunate to have a broad and engaged committee that represents many areas of the University. What we also appreciate is that all of the members of the committee have contributed significantly to our discussions. What is unique about our group is that we recognize that the engagement requires both the campus community and ProMedica since it is a partnership.

How does the team plan to measure success?
Ultimately, our team’s success will be measured by the continued success of the relationship between the University and ProMedica. As the region’s leaders in education, research and healthcare, the limit of our success is the ability for our organizations to envision and implement a bright future for our community and our organizations.

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