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2017-2020 Strategic Plan

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

In support of the institutional mission, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences strives to provide superior graduate education as well as leadership in increasing knowledge and understanding through scholarship and research.  The mission of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is to educate the next generation of scientists and health-related professionals in a dynamic, inclusive and productive research environment that fosters creativity and discovery.  

In order to accomplish the mission, the faculty and staff of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences are committed to:

  • Providing the larger academic community, as well as future employers, with graduates who are highly competent, independent, ethical researchers and teachers;
  • Demonstrating in all pursuits honesty, integrity, trustworthiness, and commitment to academic freedom;
  • Ensuring that GSBS faculty, staff and students are supported on all campuses in their efforts with state-of-the-art resources, facilities, and training opportunities;
  • Serving as leaders in the community for the advancement of knowledge related to the basic biomedical and related health sciences.
  • Ensuring an environment that values a diversity of people and ideas.


In order to effectively accomplish its mission, the Graduate School is committed to the following strategic goals:

  1. To recruit highly qualified and diverse students into the GSBS programs;
  2. To enhance GSBS academic and training experiences for all students;
  3. To develop and enhance academic programs on all campuses that reflect targeted educational needs;
  4. To provide leadership in the advancement of knowledge through research and scholarship;  

While the Strategic Goals summarize the ultimate direction of the Graduate School, they are accomplished through the achievement of specific strategies and objectives that are outlined below.

STRATEGIC GOAL 1: To recruit a highly qualified and diverse student body into GSBS programs

Strategy 1.1 - Provide competitive financial packages for recruitment of students

Objective 1.1.1    Expand the Dean’s Scholars Program

Objective 1.1.2    Ensure regionally competitive salaries

Objective 1.1.3    Provide fee waiver incentives

Objective 1.1.4    Pay tuition & fees for doctoral students

Strategy 1.2 - Increase recruitment activities  

Objective 1.2.1    Travel to diverse campuses to recruit students

Objective 1.2.2    Increase number of domestic students that interview and tour campus

Objective 1.2.3    Track recruitment activities through the Recruiter software

Objective 1.2.4    Continually improve SABR (Summer Accelerated Biomedical Research) and ABRI (Amarillo Biomedical Research Internship) experiences

Objective 1.2.5    Implement early admissions programs including GEAR (Graduate Early Admittance for Research)

Objective 1.2.6    Create recruitment videos for the doctoral program as well as targeted advertisements.

STRATEGIC GOAL 2: To improve GSBS academic and training outcomes for all students

Strategy 2.1 - Increase exposure to diverse biomedical career opportunities

Objective 2.1.1    Improve and expand the annual Faculty & Student Retreat

Objective 2.1.2    Expand the seminar series, journal clubs, or similar activities to expose students to the diversity of biomedical careers

Objective 2.1.3    Strengthen the GSBS student mentoring program

Objective 2.1.4    Support continued exchange of scientific ideas and collaboration between faculty and graduate students through Student Research Week and Annual Research Days.

Strategy 2.2 - Conduct systematic assessment of student learning outcomes in all academic degree programs and demonstrate the use of results for program improvements

Objective 2.2.1    Continually improve student learning outcomes and assessment plans for all academic degree programs

Objective 2.2.2    Revise course syllabi with course objectives that are linked to student learning outcomes

Objective 2.2.3    Use rubrics as measures for oral presentations, seminars, and research projects   

Strategy 2.3 - Improve student access to resources for enhancing their academic performance

Objective 2.3.1    Assess the student-based tutoring program

Objective 2.3.2    Provide services to improve academic performance, i.e. Graduate Student Association mentoring program

Objective 2.3.3    Assess quality of resources through graduation/exit surveys  

Objective 2.3.4    Evaluate Core Curriculum Coordination (CCC) Committee oversight of:

  • Curriculum development
  • Training of faculty for online/TechLink courses
  • Assessing strategies for monitoring student progress
Strategy 2.4 - Conduct ongoing systematic program reviews to determine that all programs have the appropriate faculty, students and resources to effectively meet their educational objectives

Objective 2.4.1    Disseminate program review policy to all programs

Objective 2.4.2    Conduct program reviews so that all programs are reviewed on a seven-year cycle

Objective 2.4.3    Use assessment results to revise and improve program action plan

Strategy 2.5 - Conduct ongoing assessment of graduates’ employment opportunities and success in the workplace

Objective 2.5.1    Improve alumni relations through newsletters, homecoming seminars, social media, national meeting receptions, etc.

Objective 2.5.2    Distribute exit survey/questionnaire to all graduates

Objective 2.5.3    Track and disseminate employment of GSBS graduates to strengthen alumni network

STRATEGIC GOAL 3: To develop and enhance academic programs that reflect targeted educational needs.

Strategy 3.1 - Promote educational opportunities within Public Health

Objective 3.1.1    Recruit and develop Public Health faculty and staff

Objective 3.1.2    Accredit the Master of Public Health degree program

Objective 3.1.3    Collaborate with TTU System and other Universities to develop dual degrees and/or articulation agreements

Objective 3.1.4    Develop online courses and program

Objective 3.1.5    Initiate process to develop a School of Public Health

Strategy 3.2 - Promote educational opportunities within existing master’s programs

Objective 3.2.1    Maintain excellence in the Masters in Graduate Medical Sciences program

Objective 3.2.2    Expand the existing Pharmaceutical Sciences MS program.

Objective 3.2.3    Grow the Biotechnology MS program by increasing recruitment activities

Objective 3.2.4    Explore opportunities to create new concentrations

STRATEGIC GOAL 4: To provide leadership in the advancement of knowledge through research and scholarship  

Strategy 4.1 - Increase research funding and success

Objective 4.1.1    Assist in the recruitment of additional faculty with active research programs

Objective 4.1.2    Assist in mentoring current students in obtaining research fellowships

Objective 4.1.3    Maintain research opportunity page on Website

Objective 4.1.4    Increase collaborative efforts with all HSC faculty

Objective 4.1.5    Offer workshops to mentor students

Objective 4.1.6    Explore opportunities to integrate Post-docs into GSBS activities

Strategy 4.2 - Collaborate with other stakeholders at the TTUHSC to develop GSBS scholarship funds        

Objective 4.2.1    Continue fundraising efforts for GSBS scholarships

Objective 4.2.2    Expand fundraising events during Student Research Week including opportunities to host SRW at other campuses.