Faculty of Science Strategic Plan 2015-2020

Understand the Past, Shape the Future

Executive Summary

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.

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.

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Overarching BHAG

1. The ratio of number of undergraduate students (UG) to graduate students (GS) is currently 5.5 to 1 (UG2GS). Within 10 years, the Faculty of Science must bring the UG2GS ratio down to at least 4:1. For this strategic plan, an intermediate objective of a UG2GS ratio of 4.5:1 will be targeted.

Research BHAGs

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%.

Graduate Student BHAGs

7. Increase from 18.8% to 23% the number of graduate students holding major scholarships (those more than $11k/year).

8. Reduce the average completion time for M.Sc. degrees to 2.25 years (from 3.6 years) and Ph.D. degrees to 4.75 years (from 5.75 years).

Community Engagement BHAGs

9. Triple the growth of the summer camps program, from approximately 300 campers to 900.

Administrative and Financial BHAGS

10. Initiate projects that will bring in an additional $2 million per year of new revenue.