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James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine

Strategic Plan

College of Dental Medicine Pillars of Excellence and Goals (pdf)

In order to achieve excellence, we subscribe to the idea that our enterprise rests on five pillars of excellence, each with goals:


  • To provide a high quality education that reflects modern clinical practice and prepares dental students for lifelong learning
  • To serve the public with compassion, respect and excellence
  • To provide continuing education programming to dental practitioners in South Carolina
  • To expand programs which provide quality oral health care to underserved populations in South Carolina


  • To recruit excellent students reflective of the diversity of the patients they will serve, and to provide a comprehensive learning experience that prepares them for successful professional careers
  • To strategically hire and retain a diverse high quality and productive faculty and staff with the skills, motivation and values to actively contribute to the mission of the college
  • To foster employee pride and loyalty and to provide an environment where all employees can reach their full potential
  • To actively involve alumni in activities and programs of the College


  • To provide a culture of continuous improvement
  • To assure that the clinical environment is maintained at an optimal level of services and quality
  • To provide quality patient care in a safe environment
  • To assure that space and facilities are developed, managed and maintained to optimize potential for training, research and patient care


  • To provide the highest value to patients and students while ensuring financial stability
  • To expand development efforts and continue to diversify non-state revenue sources to support the College and its programs


  • To manage growth to meet the needs of those we serve
  • To continue development and expansion of research activity within the College and with our partners
  • To expand graduate education programs