Goal Four: Upgrade Teaching, Research and Clinical Space/Infrastructure and Ensure Resources to Support Existing and Future Programs

Our Vision

Centralized and efficient management of UFCD operations and development best supports our ability to be an outstanding institution.

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UFCD’s outstanding students, faculty and staff make up the core of our excellence as an institution. Yet to stay at the leading edge of teaching, research and care, we must ensure adequate financial resources to support the tripartite mission of the college and invest strategically in infrastructure, including new facilities. These efforts will pay off in improved patient care and safety, expanded research, and educational programs.


4-1. Renovate and upgrade existing teaching, clinical and research space.

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Rationale: Substantial improvements to our physical infrastructure are critical to accommodate growth and to enable UFCD to remain competitive. Investments should maximize collaboration, integration and communication within UFCD, with UF and UF Health, as well as with our neighboring communities. 

Implementation Strategies

  • Update plans for a new building in Gainesville and explore opportunities for upgrading offsite clinic facilities.
  • Create centralized funding support for faculty and staff development support.
  • Explore and analyze options for new or expanded programs in other locations throughout Florida.

4-2. Improve the UFCD-wide information technology infrastructure.

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Rationale: Information technology is the backbone of 21st century education, research and health care. Improvements to information technology infrastructure will benefit students and residents as well as patients, researchers and staff. We will expand human capital and physical resources to bolster this key component of the UFCD environment.

Implementation Strategies

  • Evaluate, and enhance where needed, current UFCD information-technology structure, support and associated costs, including student learning management systems, individual student dashboards and data warehousing.
  • Update instructional-technology to enable tracking of assessments and competencies for DMD and advanced education.
  • Explore data sharing between EPIC and axiUm clinic-management software systems for both clinical care and research purposes.

4-3. Implement a multi-faceted institutional development program to support faculty, facilities, and programs through endowed and non-endowed funds.

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Rationale: As a nationally ranked institution that is part of the UF family, UFCD has an excellent reputation. This favorable standing serves as a launch pad from which to capitalize on successes and further grow resources. Additional revenue earned through philanthropy will support scholarships, faculty recruitment and infrastructure improvement. 

Implementation Strategies

  • Launch and complete a multi-year capital campaign that incorporates funding opportunities for key goals and objectives.
  • Leverage multi-year capital campaigns to incorporate funding opportunities for key goals and objectives.
  • Employ a more comprehensive approach to engaging donors such as recruiting faculty and students as UFCD ambassadors and increasing outreach to alumni.
  • Develop and implement creative information technology approaches to facilitate giving.
  • Expand relationships with industries, corporations and foundations to increase gifts.
  • Allocate donor funding for educational-and career-developmental needs of residents, postdoctoral scholars and faculty.

4-4: Ensure adequate financial resources to support all missions of the college and future growth.

Rationale: Adequate financial resources ensure that the college can support its existing missions while planning for the future. By enhancing revenue and maintaining a strong cash reserve, the college can sustain itself through economic downturns, weather closures, pandemics and other unexpected events.

Implementation Strategies

  • Maintain current levels of clinical revenues, including continuing in the Medicaid Supplemental Program and stabilize operating expenses.
  • Continue to grow and diversify college revenues.
  • Build the college’s cash reserves across multiple fund sources to save for a new building.
  • Utilize resources in a manner consistent with the college’s strategic plan and long-term objectives.


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