Working Groups

Thirty-two working groups were selected by the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) strategic planning steering committee to focus on potential signature areas, educational initiatives, and enabling structures. Selection was based on faculty responses to the “All Rutgers Faculty Survey,” specifically faculty members’ identification of interest areas (research, education, and service), extramural funding received in these areas, and productivity in these areas (publications); existing areas of strength and the potential for excellence; opportunities for growth, particularly in areas of interest that cross schools with potential for collaboration; and need. Working groups met in April to analyze strengths, gaps, potential impact, likelihood for growth, and existing contributing programs and collaborative opportunities; prepare a series of recommendations in the form of a five-year plan designed to enable a program in that area to become a national leader; and submitted reports in early May to be considered by the strategic planning steering committee.

Educational Initiatives

Seven working groups were formed to focus on specific educational initiatives that have the potential to enhance education and training programs across RBHS. Primarily, each working group was charged to analyze strengths and gaps in a specific existing educational program/activity and, secondarily, analyze the potential impact of this program on research, clinical care, community service, and/or public policy, if appropriate, and develop a five-year plan including recommendations designed to enable RBHS to be a national leader. Each working group also was charged with identifying metrics and providing a timeline for the achievement of the recommendations, focusing on growth of current areas of strength, improvement of weaknesses, and opportunities.

Enabling Structures

Five working groups were formed to address specific enabling structure needs, including the specific need and/or existing gaps based on the current RBHS and Rutgers-wide environment as well as needs within divisions, departments, schools, centers, institutes, and other units. These working groups were asked to identify the potential benefit and impact on research, teaching and educational programs, clinical care, community service, and/or public policy, and develop a five-year plan including recommendations designed to benefit RBHS and/or Rutgers as a whole. Each working group was also charged with identifying metrics and providing a timeline for the achievement of the recommendations, focusing on growth of current areas of strength, improvement of weaknesses, and opportunities.

Potential Signature Programs

Twenty working groups were formed to focus on potential signature areas for RBHS. Each working group was charged to analyze strengths and gaps in existing research, education, clinical, and community programs in a specific area, as appropriate, and develop a five-year plan that will include recommendations designed to enhance faculty collaboration across the institution and enable RBHS to become “best-in-class” nationally. Each working group was also charged with identifying metrics and providing a timeline for the achievement of the recommendations, focusing on growth of current areas of strength, improvement of weaknesses, and opportunities.