Strategic Plan Consultation

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Share your thoughts on what should be included in the University Strategic Plan.

Community Consultation Sessions

The strategic planning steering committee will host consultation sessions across our campuses in November and December.

Environmental Scan

Institutional planning has to be done with due care for the environment in which institutions operate.

The Consultation Process

How can we make the greatest impact that reflects our university’s values, commitments and aspirations? To develop meaningful answers to this question, it is essential that the strategic plan be informed by community input. For that reason, over several months, we will gather to discuss important issues facing the university and opportunities available to address them. Every member of the University of Alberta community who wishes to participate in the consultation and planning process will have the opportunity to do so. During the months of November and December, the strategic planning steering committee will host consultation sessions across our campuses and carefully listen to your ideas, thoughts and feedback.

We understand that for some of you it might not be feasible to attend in-person consultation sessions. We also understand that some of you may wish to submit your thoughts in writing. To help with this, we have created a forum on this website for open feedback.

Our consultations will not end with those two avenues for input, however. In January, we will develop a survey based on what we have learned from our in-person consultations. The university community will then have two weeks to complete this survey. The survey will ask questions that expand upon the consultation process up to that point, seeking additional input on ideas that have been shared to gain a better sense of their broad appeal. You will be able to access the survey on this website once it is live, and we will also make sure to announce the survey launch to the community when the time comes.

The purpose of an institutional strategic plan is to reflect an institution’s collective will. It spells out our common understanding of why we do what we do, and it defines the direction we want to chart for the future of our institution. Accomplishing this means identifying and crystallizing this common understanding through detailed consultation, and we need to ensure that our interpretation of this complex process is correct. A few weeks after the survey closes, our steering committee will analyze all discussion notes and survey results and publish a What We Heard report, which will be available on this website. This report will share with you what the community has told us, and it will provide you with another opportunity to tell us what we got right and what we need to refine. You will be able to submit feedback via a form that will also be made available on this site. After this detailed preparation work that ensures that the strategic planning process is truly aimed at our commonly-identified collective future, the work of drafting the actual plan begins.

Even though the resulting plan will be a culmination of these months of consultation, it will not be our institutional plan quite yet. We aim to present it for consideration to General Faculties Council and then the Board of Governors in late Spring.

Strategic planning is a time for critical reflection, but also for hope, ambition and courageous ideation. Join us as we work towards creating a vision that is truly ours and that enables us, the University of Alberta, to work together in order to accomplish even more than we already have as we approach our 125-year anniversary.