The Plan

Excel

GOAL: Excel as individuals, and together, sustain a culture that fosters and champions distinction and distinctiveness in teaching, learning, research, and service. 

To excel and achieve our full potential as an institution and as individuals, the University of Alberta will sustain a learning and research culture that inspires, supports, and champions high professional standards and outstanding achievements in basic and applied research and scholarship, creative activity, administration, and governance. We will ensure that learning experiences at our university are of the highest quality, based on a practice of continuous improvement and innovation in teaching. From our broad-based strength as a comprehensive, research-intensive public university, we will highlight current and emerging areas of global distinction and leadership by building a portfolio of signature areas that distinguish us from among our peer institutions and exemplify the University of Alberta’s capacity to engage in big questions and global challenges.

The foundation of our university rests on a breadth of inquiry…

OBJECTIVE 11:

Advance the University of Alberta’s reputation for research excellence by pursuing fundamental and original questions and ideas, pushing the frontiers of knowledge, inspiring creative experimentation, driving innovation, and advancing society.

  • Strategy 1
    Encourage and champion achievements in a broad base of fundamental and applied research, scholarship, and creative activities.
  • Strategy 2

    Support a culture of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship among students, faculty, and staff where contributions to all sectors of society are rewarded, valued, and celebrated.

  • Strategy 3
    Nurture, enable, and reward public intellectuals.
  • Strategy 4

    Support and enhance translational initiatives that include TEC Edmonton and eHub, among others.

  • Strategy 5
    Advance the University of Alberta’s reputation for excellence in research through a coordinated recognition, awards, and honours program.
…from which we will build areas of distinction.

OBJECTIVE 12:

Build a portfolio of signature research and teaching areas where the University of Alberta is or will be recognized as a global leader.  
  • Strategy 1
    Identify and support established and emerging areas of research and teaching distinction, using the following criteria:
    • National and international stature for excellence, relevance, and impact
    • Critical mass—opportunity for broad, interdisciplinary engagement
    • Grass-roots leadership, participation, and support from within our university community
    • Stakeholder partnerships 
    • Research partners (international, community, government, industry)
    • Capacity to shape and/or align with federal and provincial research funding priorities 
    • Student demand
    • Physical and operational capacity
    • Geographic or situational relevance
  • Strategy 2

    Leverage provincial, national, and international funding programs and partnership opportunities that support the activities, impact, influence, and reach of signature areas.

  • Strategy 3
    Encourage and facilitate knowledge and technology transfer to ensure that society can realize the benefits of intellectual capital arising from research and creative endeavours.
  • Strategy 4

    Develop processes for identifying both emerging and declining areas of distinction and global leadership to sustain the vibrancy of the university’s portfolio of signature areas.

Within a supportive, creative culture, we will foster excellence in research…

OBJECTIVE 13:

Enable University of Alberta researchers to succeed and excel.
  • Strategy 1

    Expand services and supports for researchers at all career stages (undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty); including the development of research mentorships and Grant Assist programs.

  • Strategy 2
    Maintain and pursue partnerships across the global academy to expand research and/or funding opportunities for our researchers and thus increase their capacity for success.
  • Strategy 3
    Pursue strategies to increase the success of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in national grant, scholarship, and award programs.
  • Strategy 4

    Secure and sustain funding for the continuous evolution and operation of research facilities and resources (e.g. libraries, labs, Research Services Offices, live animal facilities, museums and collections, performance spaces, fine arts facilities, U of A Press, etc.) to meet the changing needs of our broad-based research community.

  • Strategy 5
    Participate fully in matching programs and maintain and pursue memberships in relevant funding organizations to expand and leverage funding opportunities for the university and to increase our researchers’ reach, influence, and impact.
  • Strategy 6
    Seek and attract an exceptional cohort of post-doctoral fellows and support their participation in and contribution to the university’s research environment.
…and teaching…

OBJECTIVE 14:

Inspire, model, and support excellence in teaching and learning.
  • Strategy 1
    Foster, encourage, and support innovation and experimentation in curriculum development, teaching, and learning at the individual, unit, and institutional levels.
  • Strategy 2

    Adopt a set of core graduate attributes, skills, and competencies at both the undergraduate and graduate level; develop strategies for implementing them in specific disciplines and programs; and monitor graduate outcomes to ensure continuous improvement.

  • Strategy 3

    Provide robust supports, tools, and training to develop and assess teaching quality, using qualitative and quantitative criteria that are fair, equitable, and meaningful across disciplines.

  • Strategy 4
    Create and support an institutional strategy that enables excellence in the design, deployment, and assessment of digital learning technologies.
  • Strategy 5

    Develop and implement programs and processes to assure high quality, collegial graduate student and post-doctoral fellow supervision and mentorship.

…through professional development.

OBJECTIVE 15:

Foster a culture of excellence, by enriching learning and professional development opportunities for staff, faculty, and post-doctoral fellows.
  • Strategy 1

    Expand access to professional development programs and learning opportunities for staff, faculty, and post-doctoral fellows.

  • Strategy 2

    Establish mentorship programs at the institutional, faculty, and unit level to nurture and support staff, faculty, and post-doctoral fellows throughout their professional careers.

  • Strategy 3

    Support continued development of and participation in leadership programs for staff, faculty, and post-doctoral fellows.

  • Strategy 4
    Encourage, facilitate, and reward the sharing of best practices across units, faculties, and campuses.
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