On April 29, 2016, the University of Calgary marked 50 years to the day since achieving autonomy and launched a year of celebration and renewal across the university community and beyond. Now, one year later, on April 28, 2017, we will come together to wrap up the broad-reaching anniversary program and lay the groundwork for our next half-century.
President and Vice-Chancellor Elizabeth Cannon will introduce the university’s refreshed Eyes High strategy for 2017-22 and share details of what has evolved since the launch of the original version in 2011. Students, faculty, staff, and community supporters are still able to RSVP until April 20.
“This past fall — as part of our 50th anniversary year — we implemented an extensive consultation process to learn where you think our Eyes High journey should take us next,” says President Cannon, who first came to the university herself in 1982. “I am personally very grateful for the thoughtful and rich feedback you provided during that process — it has been tremendously insightful. This energized strategy is the direct product of your input, and I am excited to share it with you as we shape the future of our university.”
From September to December 2016, students, faculty, staff, Board and Senate members, alumni and community members provided feedback by participating in focus groups, completing an online survey, visiting roving booths across campus, completing weekly polls, and submitting written comments. Over three months, more than 10,000 points of engagement were recorded — 4,000-plus of those involved survey completion and/or focus group participation.
Feedback was analyzed and the strategy document refreshed. In March 2017, the revision was approved by the General Faculties Council and the Board of Governors. Details of the process and results are available online.