Mission Vision and Strategic planning

Strategic Plan

  • EDUCATION: To excel and lead in professional and research education  

    GOAL I: Sustain and enhance the national and international reputation of USC as a model of Doctor of Physical Therapy programs.
    GOAL II: Enhance the quality, reputation and sustainability of the PhD and MS programs in biokinesiology.
    GOAL III: Build a pioneering post-professional education program for the development of  physical therapists across the full career spectrum.
    GOAL IV: Integrate learner-centered education throughout the Division’s educational programs for the development of both students and faculty.

     GOAL V: Develop linkages that facilitate translational interactions between clinical and research education, producing physical therapists who are both clinical experts and clinical scientists with integrated skill sets.


    PRACTICE: To advance and continuously improve the practice of physical therapy.   

    GOAL I: Establish USC Physical Therapy Associates’ clinics as national exemplars of excellence.  

    GOAL II: Discover and disseminate innovations in practice related to rehabilitation, optimization of function, and prevention/wellness.

    GOAL III. Serve as a model of education within clinical practice for professional students, post-professional clinicians, and faculty clinicians.

    GOAL IV. Serve as a model of physical therapy service to the community.


    INNOVATION & DISCOVERY: To further develop an excellent research enterprise 


    GOAL I: Establish the USC Division of BKN/PT as a premier research program within the discipline of kinesiology.    

    GOAL II: Proactively expand interdisciplinary expertise across the continuum of basic, translational,clinical, and health services research.  


    LEADERSHIP: To be leaders in our School, University, profession, and communities 

    GOAL I: Foster the development of faculty, staff and student leadership

    GOAL II: Heighten visibility and recognition of leadership contributions of the Division.

    GOAL III: Lead advocacy efforts for improved access to healthcare services for underserved individuals, especially by providing exemplary community service.

    GOAL IV: Establish USC faculty as transdisciplinary leaders in the physical therapy profession and related scientific disciplines and professional groups, nationally and internationally.

    GOAL V: Extend USC’s global presence by creating key international partnerships for research and education.  


    ORGANIZATION & INFRASTRUCTURE: To strengthen the Division’s infrastructure, work environment and work climate.  

    GOAL I: Increase and re-allocate space for more  effective use in support of education, research, and clinical practice.  

    GOAL II: Review and revise the leadership structure of the Division to support key functions and effectively deploy faculty and staff leaders.

    GOAL III: Continue integration with USC School of Dentistry programs and divisions.

    GOAL IV: Increase support for research engineering and technical infrastructure.


    IMPLEMENTATION: To provide strong financial and leadership support for prioritized strategic and operational goals.

    GOAL I: Improve development and fundraising by forming an alumni organization, strengthening and expanding the Board of Councilors, and partnering with other units to extend the staff support for these activities.

    GOAL II: Ensure consistent and effective implementation of the vision and strategies of this strategic plan.