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As an important part of Alberta's economic and social fabric, the University of Alberta is committed to engaging, supporting, collaborating and co-creating more effectively with the many communities of which we are a part.

Bill Flanagan, President and Vice-Chancellor

President Bill Flanagan
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Community engagement is about relationships, reaching out and building authentic and mutually beneficial connections. The University of Alberta’s century-long history of community engagement is deeply rooted in the connections with the communities we serve.

The Community Engagement Consultation Plan contains the results of the year-long consultation, along with initiatives and measures that we plan to undertake in order to put the community’s feedback directly into practice. This plan will support community engagement work over the coming years and aims to strengthen community engagement in its many forms across our campuses.

The community engagement consultation was a year-long process starting in the fall of 2018.

The process consisted of 3 steps:

Development

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An advisory committee representing various communities and voices helped create a public consultation process that would engage both internal and external stakeholders.

Implementation

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250 organizations were invited and 1,500 respondents participated in the consultation, which included 83 facilitated sessions as well as ongoing opportunities for online feedback.

Analysis

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Every response solicited during the consultation was collected, transcribed and organized in a database, yielding more than 11,000 lines of unique data.

What we heard

From more than 11,000 lines of unique data, we identified the most commonly heard pieces of information and tracked recurring themes from the responses. The top five themes heard from respondents form the foundation of this community engagement report and plan.


Theme #1:

Improve Accessibility


Theme #2:

Support and Strengthen Outreach


Theme #3:

Respond to Community Need



Theme #4:

Improve Communication


Theme #5:

Celebrate Successes

Next Steps

We have developed a three-year community engagement plan, with specific goals and deliverables identified for each year. This plan is also a living document so the goals and activities listed may evolve and change as the University of Alberta receives more input and continues to engage with our community.

See a breakdown of the next steps in the plan »

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