USC University of Southern California

Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC Strategic Plan


The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC Strategic Planning process began in the summer of 2010 when the Dean convened a group of faculty and staff and asked them to develop a Strategic Plan that would lay the foundation and guide the next phase of the School’s evolution. The Plan was finalized toward end of 2010 with the exception of the identification of specific metrics and outcomes.

While the School’s Strategic Plan was under development, Dr. C. L. Max Nikias was appointed president of USC in mid-2010 and soon thereafter appointed Dr. Elizabeth Garrett as provost. Provost Garrett initiated a planning process to guide the University through the next phase of its existence. In late 2011, the USC Board of Trustees adopted the USC Strategic Vision.

Upon completion of the University Strategic Vision the Dean then asked members of the School community, through the Steering Committee that was convened to guide the School through the 2015 accreditation, to review the School’s 2010 Plan in light of the USC Strategic Vision to assure alignment and update the School plan to reflect changes in the internal and external environments that had occurred in the 2 years since the plan was initially drafted.

Strategic Vision

Evolution of the Strategic Plan

We will periodically assess our progress in meeting our goals. For goals that have not been met, we will identify the internal and external impediments to achieving success.  We will revisit and may modify our goals, with revised metrics, depending on changes in the internal and external environments. As the School continues to move into new strategic areas while other areas may assume a lower profile, new metrics will be identified and incorporated into the Plan.