The Plan

Sustain

GOAL: Sustain our people, our work, and the environment by attracting and stewarding the resources we need to deliver excellence to the benefit of all Albertans.

To achieve our strategic goals, the University of Alberta will attract and steward the resources we need to excel and deliver our core teaching and research mission at the high standard expected by all Albertans. We will build on our capacities for securing new sources of operating, capital, research, and philanthropic funding. We will continue to model and advance teaching and learning in the area of environmental sustainability on our campuses and in our work. We must sustain our people by promoting health, wellness, and safety as a defining feature of the University of Alberta’s learning and working experience, and by maintaining and enhancing the university’s essential teaching, learning, and research infrastructure. Continuous improvement and cross-unit engagement and cooperation will define our approach to governance and administration to ensure that our systems, policies, and procedures facilitate the achievement of our shared goals.

Our success as an institution will be determined by our support for our people…

OBJECTIVE 19:

Prioritize and sustain student, faculty, and staff health, wellness, and safety by delivering proactive, relevant, responsive and accessible services and initiatives. 
  • Strategy 1

    Develop an integrated, institution-wide health and wellness strategy, which increases the reach and effectiveness of existing health and wellness resources, programs, and services and promotes resilience and work-life balance.

  • Strategy 2
    Bolster resources for and increase access to mental health programs that provide support to students, faculty, and staff.
  • Strategy 3
    Endorse a strong culture of safety awareness, knowledge, planning, and practice to ensure the safety of students, employees, and visitors to our campuses.
…and our commitment to sustainability.

OBJECTIVE 20:

Continue to build and support an integrated approach to social, economic, and environmental sustainability that incorporates teaching and learning, research, outreach, capacity building, and the operations that support them.
  • Strategy 1
    Integrate sustainability into teaching, learning, research, and outreach in ways that fosters critical, interdisciplinary, long-term, and systems thinking on sustainability.
  • Strategy 2

    Embed social, economic and environmental sustainability into the development and care of the university’s natural and built environments.

  • Strategy 3

    Enhance awareness of and engagement with, the university’s environmental sustainability features, practices, and resources across University of Alberta campuses and external communities.

A commitment that extends to administration and governance…

OBJECTIVE 21:

Encourage continuous improvement in administrative, governance, planning and stewardship systems, procedures, and policies that enable students, faculty, staff, and the institution as a whole to achieve shared strategic goals.
  • Strategy 1
    Encourage transparency and improve communication across the university through clear consultation and decision-making processes, substantive and timely communication of information, and access to shared, reliable institutional data.
  • Strategy 2
    Ensure that individual and institutional annual review processes align with and support key institutional strategic goals.
  • Strategy 3

    Consolidate unit review and strategic planning processes, and where possible align with accreditation processes, to ensure efficient assessment practices.

  • Strategy 4
    Facilitate easy access to and use of university services and systems; reduce duplication and complexity; and encourage cross-institutional administrative and operational collaboration.
  • Strategy 5
    Develop a set of equitable, meaningful, and relevant measures to monitor our progress towards strategic goals and develop the tools required to report on them.
…financial resources….

OBJECTIVE 22:

Secure and steward financial resources to sustain, enhance, promote, and facilitate the university’s core mission and strategic goals.

  • Strategy 1
    Seek and secure resources needed to achieve and support our strategic goals.
  • Strategy 2
    Ensure a sustainable budget model to preserve and enhance our core mission and reputation for excellence in teaching, learning, research, and community engagement.
  • Strategy 3
    Ensure responsible and accountable stewardship of the university’s resources and demonstrate to government, donors, alumni, and community members the efficient and careful use of public and donor funds.
…and infrastructure.

OBJECTIVE 23:

Ensure that the University of Alberta’s campuses, facilities, utilities, and information technology infrastructure can continue to meet the needs and strategic goals of the university.
  • Strategy 1

    Secure and sustain funding to plan, operate, and renew, and optimize the use of campus infrastructure to meet evolving teaching and research priorities.

  • Strategy 2

    Build, operate, and maintain undergraduate and graduate student housing to support our students’ academic success and sense of belonging to the university community.

  • Strategy 3
    Provide effective IT solutions and enhancements that enable secure and reliable delivery of high-quality programs and services.
  • Strategy 4
    Engage and strategically partner with stakeholders to explore and develop joint-use projects.
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