USC University of Southern California

Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC Strategic Plan

Strategic Vision 2019-2024


The Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC Strategic Plan prospectively identified priorities and goals that, measured retrospectively, have guided the School’s progress over the past six years. The Plan was developed in 2010-2012, with input from faculty, staff, and students. In 2018, upon his second reappointment, Dean Avishai Sadan asked a committee of faculty and staff to revisit the Plan, including assessing the impact of changes in the internal and external environments since 2012, along with the structure and function of the School. The committee sought input from full-time and part-time faculty, staff, and the student body.

This revision also takes into account other initiatives in the School and University. The University’s Strategic Plan, Answering The Call, seeks interdisciplinary problem-solving based on the values, people, impact, and transformational capabilities at USC. Furthermore, the School, through its Diversity Strategic Plan, has deeply committed itself to diversity, inclusion, and access for faculty, staff, students, and patients, as core to the achievement of the School’s educational mission.

Evolution of the Strategic Plan

Strategic planning is a dynamic process characterized by creating an active and evolving document that elucidates the School’s aspirations and goals. We will periodically assess our progress in meeting these goals. For goals that have not been met, we will identify the impediments to achieving success and act to mitigate them. We will regularly revisit and modify goals as the School continues to move into new strategic areas.