University of Calgary

U of C’s academic plan

March 16, 2009

[Edit May 2, 2012: View the current 2012 Academic Plan.]

Alan Harrison, provost and vice-president (academic), and Rose Goldstein, vice-president (research), are leading the initiative to refresh the academic plan of the U of C.  The academic plan articulates the core principles that guide the academic direction and resource allocation of the university. The newest draft version of the university’s academic plan is now available to view.

For a copy of the draft academic plan or to provide online feedback on the draft, please visit

From October 2008 to January 2009, Harrison and Goldstein hosted 16 consultations with faculties, student and staff groups. They also invited comments via email and through the webpage dedicated to the consultative process.  

“We very much appreciate the keen interest of our university community in our efforts and we have found the consultations to be very fruitful,” said Harrison. 

“Students, faculty and staff have freely shared their opinions about how to make our academic plan more meaningful to them,” said Goldstein.  “It’s important that we make every effort to reflect this in the refreshed plan.”  

A number of key themes have emerged from the consultations, such as the even greater need within the current operating environment for well-defined guiding principles, and for priorities that link clearly back to those principles. The importance of benchmarks for excellence, and how a plan should be flexible and forward-thinking in nature were also identified.

Although the consultation meetings have ended, Harrison and Goldstein remain committed to a transparent, participatory process. The next phase is for a draft academic plan to move through reviews, revisions and approvals from March to May, so the Board of Governors can receive the final plan in June.  

Harrison and Goldstein will continue engaging the university community in the development of the academic plan. In particular, they will be offering the opportunity to comment on the draft of the plan.

“Participants in the consultations have welcomed the option to have more input into the process,” said Goldstein.  

“We are looking forward to further commentary when we release the draft,” added Harrison. “Our academic plan is meant to be a living document, and it must be one that is relevant and works for our university.”