Institutional Effectiveness & Planning

Our Mission is:

To facilitate the strategic planning and accreditation processes for internal stakeholders through ongoing administrative support, documentation, and analysis of outcomes to demonstrate the College’s commitment to continuous improvement.


Our Vision is:

To serve the campus community by organizing, managing, and nurturing a process for ongoing, integrated, and systematic planning and evaluation of institutional goals and outcomes that contribute to demonstrating the College is effectively accomplishing its mission.

Evolution and Transformation:  Meharry 2026

Meharry Medical College will celebrate its 150th birthday in 2026 and is developing a Sesquicentennial Strategic Plan. At the invitation of President Hildreth, more than 70 faculty, staff and students are engaged in developing the Plan to ensure a successful future for Meharry as a national leader in professional health workforce development; a provider of quality, compassionate health care for the communities we serve; and a source of relevant scientific and clinical research and health policy formulation and analysis.


Developing the Sesquicentennial Strategic Plan is a definitive affirmation of our strong belief in, and commitment to, the bright future of our beloved institution.


To survive unprecedented changes in society, medicine, business and higher education relevant to Meharry, the institution must evolve its culture and transform its programs and infrastructure.


The planning process began in August 2016 and will culminate in the fall when implementation of the new plan begins.  Major elements of the process include:

  • Producing an external environment statement that anticipates the conditions under which Meharry will operate and identifies factors that influence decision making
  • Re-examining our mission and core values statements in a 2026 context
  • Developing a vision statement that describes Meharry in 2026
  • Articulating an institutional strategic agenda and set of priorities to guide resource acquisition and allocation
  • Establishing a new business model that emphasizes responsibility and accountability and rewards performance
  • Developing multi-year academic and administrative unit plans for achieving the vision and priorities
  • Preparing a campus master plan to guide the physical development of the “village campus”
  • Designing a continuous planning process that will provide ongoing intelligence to maintain the plan as an active roadmap to the future.

The Office of Strategic Planning and Accreditation is the designated area for interacting with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) on the President’s behalf. The Senior Advisor to the President for Strategic Planning and Accreditation serves as the SACSCOC Liaison, communicates updates concerning policies and standards for accreditation to the President and Executive Management Team, coordinates preparation of reports and requests for information from SACSCOC, and provides leadership for preparing documents for the reaffirmation of accreditation.  The Office of Strategic Planning and Accreditation also provides information and assistance as needed to the School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, and School of Graduate Studies and Research for continuing accreditation by their respective agencies.

Meharry Medical College is accredited by the following organizations:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the regional accrediting body for Meharry Medical College.

Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) 

Medical education programs leading to the M.D. degree in the United States and Canada are accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA)

The Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) accredits dental and dental-related education programs conducted at the post-secondary level. 

Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)

The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredits schools of public health and public health programs offered in settings other than schools of public health.

Contact Planning & Accreditation

Office of Strategic Planning and Accreditation
Meharry Medical College
1005 Dr. D.B. Todd Jr., Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37208-3599
Telephone: 615.327.6289

Juanita F. Buford, Ed.D.
Sr. Advisor for Strategic Planning & Accreditation
Assistant Professor, School of Graduate Studies & Research
Assistant Professor, School of Medicine