Strategic Planning

Strategic Plan Summary

With the input of a multidisciplinary team of students, faculty, and staff, the U-M School of Dentistry developed a strategic plan founded in the visions of five domains required for long-term growth and vitality.

Foundation Resources:
The Strategic Plan Strategic Plan Video

Yearly updates:
Strategic Plan Updates 2017 2016-2017 Goals 2015-2016 Accomplishments 2015 Goals



To lead by becoming a dental home for our patients, an employer of choice, and a nurturing environment for current and future leaders in dentistry.

Actions Completed or making progress: 4/4
Last Updated: Feb 26, 2018


To lead with a contemporary and evolving curriculum centered in evidence-based patient care, critical thinking, and life-long learning.

Actions Completed or making progress: 5/5
Last Updated: Jan 22, 2018

Research & Discovery

To lead through preeminence in basic, translational, clinical, and education research.

Actions Completed or making progress: 2/2
Last Updated: Jan 22, 2018

Patient Care

To lead by becoming a principal dental healthcare center ranked the most respected and trusted dental school in the country.

Actions Completed or making progress: 2/2
Last Updated: Feb 26, 2018

Responsible Growth & Sustainability

To lead through financial viability that empowers our community to engage in strategic and continuous advancement.

Actions Completed or making progress: 2/2
Last Updated: Mar 12, 2018


Building on the strengths of its University and State, a diverse University of Michigan School of Dentistry community will lead the science and practice of dentistry with preeminent research, contemporary and engaged learning, and exemplary patient care in a vital and sustainable manner.


Advancing health through education, service, research and discovery.


Core Values

Core Values

Compassion: Encourage a culture of collaboration, collegiality and helpfulness based on empathy and respect.

Leadership: Shape the future leaders of dentistry.

Excellence: Intend to be the best at all we do.

Responsibility: Promote integrity, professionalism, and accountability to ensure ethical decision making.

Trust: Commit to honest transparent communication to build relationships

Creativity: Challenge existing knowledge to foster problem-solving and new discovery.

Inclusion: Embrace and celebrate our diverse community.


Adopted: January 2014