University of Calgary

Academic plan renewal

Academic plan in process of renewal: Comments wanted

Rose Goldstein and Alan Harrison held 16 consultations with faculties, student bodies and staff groups. / Photo: Ken Bendiktsen

Rose Goldstein and Alan Harrison held 16 consultations with faculties, student bodies and staff groups. / Photo: Ken Bendiktsen
By Sandy Bell

The Provost and Vice-President (Academic) Alan Harrison, and the Vice-President (Research) Rose Goldstein are leading an initiative to refresh the academic plan of the U of C. 

From October 2008 to January 2009, they held 16 consultations with faculties, student bodies and staff groups, as well as inviting comments through a webpage dedicated to the process.  

The next phase—which will take place from March to May—will be to move through reviews, revisions and approvals of a draft academic plan. The goal is to have a final plan ready to present to the Board of Governors in June. 

Harrison and Goldstein say they have found the consultations to be very fruitful. A number of key themes have emerged, such as: the need for well-defined guiding principles within the current operating environment; the need for priorities that link clearly back to those principles; the importance of benchmarks for excellence; and the need for the plan to be flexible and forward-thinking.

Participants in the consultations have welcomed the option to have more input into the process. In particular, it was seen as important for the university community to have the opportunity to comment on a draft academic plan.

To facilitate this review, a draft plan will be posted online for review and comments. Students, faculty and staff will receive notice when the draft is posted. For more information or to share your thoughts, please visit www.ucalgary.ca/provost/activities/acadplanconsult.