UVic begins new strategic plan process

The University of Victoria is ready to sharpen its focus and determine its future direction through an inclusive strategic planning process.

As we look to the future, the development of a new strategic framework provides an important opportunity for campus community members to reflect on the changing post-secondary environment, discuss new opportunities and work together to develop strategic directions for the next five years (2018–2023).

“This is our opportunity to create a new plan that is distinctive to the specific circumstances, strengths and ambitions of UVic,” says President Jamie Cassels. “It must answer the questions: what does ‘being the best’ look like for UVic and how do we get there? I look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas on our future.”

The new plan will build on the substantial planning and consultation that has been completed to create subsidiary plans such as the Strategic Research Plan, Campus Plan, Indigenous Plan and International Plan over the last three years. As a result, it will be less detailed and operational than the university’s previous strategic plans. The new plan will serve as an ambitious framework of commitments, aspirations and directions, identifying opportunities and differentiating strengths upon which the university can build for the future.

Thoughtexchange logoThe first phase of the UVic community consultation process will take place Sept. 18–Oct. 8, using the Thoughtexchange online interactive forum. This process is easy, confidential and anonymous. Whether you’re a student, faculty or staff member, alumni, retiree or community member, you’re invited to share your thoughts about future direction of UVic over the next five years.

A draft strategic plan will be ready for review in early winter 2018, with an approved plan by summer 2018. Visit the Strategic Plan website for details on the process and how to get involved. Written submissions are also welcome.

Learn more about the strategic planning process at the President’s Campus Update, Sept. 15, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Continuing Studies Building atrium.

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