Understand the Past, Shape the Future
The Faculty of Science Strategic Plan is centred on 10 BHAGs (Big Hairy Audacious Goals) that are intended to 1) advance the Faculty’s research, teaching, and administrative agendas, and 2) position the Faculty of Science as a leader in response to the major drivers of change in the post-secondary sector.
Each major recommendation is a BHAG, with targets set high enough to require a concerted five-year (or more) effort to attain the goal. Even achieving major progress towards realizing these goals represents an important advance in the Faculty of Science’s position as a national and international leader in research and teaching. All BHAGs are easily measured and progress will be regularly updated on a public web site.
In the following, all numbers reflecting the current status are from October 1, 2014.
2. Increase the total number of non-CRC and non-honorific research chairs and professorships by 10, from 26 to 36. These chairs could be leveraged through NSERC, AITF, donations, or other funding sources.
3. Create 10 new spinoff companies (with a 5-year survival rate of at least 75%) and 10 new licensing agreements by members of the Faculty of Science.
Undergraduate Student Experience BHAGs
4. Increase to 20% (from 5%) the number of Science course sections that integrate new teaching methods such as online learning, blended delivery, active learning, discovery learning, “flipped” classroom learning, technology-enhanced learning, interdisciplinary experiences, experiential learning, and study abroad.
5. Grow the Science Internship Program by 400%. This goal would bring program enrolment up to 250 from its current level of approximately 50.
6. Reduce the number of students in the Required To Withdraw (RTW) category from approximately 6.25% of the total undergraduate population to 4.75%.
In addition to the above, this plan contains many other beneficial objectives that will enhance the success of the 10 BHAGs.
Success achieving the BHAGs will require a concerted effort by many faculty, staff and students in the Faculty of Science. We will have to come together as a team, to an extent greater than we have ever done before. The philosophy for success is best summed up as:
United we grow.
Divided we status quo.