Strategic Framework Implementation Report (2018-19)

At the University of Victoria, we are deeply committed to contributing to a better future for people, places and the planet. The following graphs and examples, while far from a comprehensive account, demonstrate the progress we have made in the past year towards achieving our mission and goals, guided by our Strategic Framework and six strategic priorities.

Message from the President

I am pleased to present the first report on the implementation of the University of Victoria Strategic Framework, 2018-2023.

The framework was built through university-wide consultation and reflects the feedback and exchange of ideas that we had during the planning process. It maps our directions, describes how we will align and coordinate our efforts to achieve maximum impact, and enhances our readiness to seize new opportunities. The framework is intended to resonate authentically with our history, values and strengths, but also act as a springboard to some ambitious and high-reaching goals for our future.

This implementation report honours our commitment to an accountable and transparent approach to implementation through the provision of annual progress reports to Senate, the Board of Governors and the UVic community. The following pages highlight some of our collective accomplishments and successes in the first year of implementation.

People are at the heart of UVic. The work of our talented faculty and staff is critical to realising our vision to be the Canadian research university that best integrates outstanding scholarship, engaged learning and real-life involvement to contribute to a better future for people and the planet. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your contributions to a highly successful first year of implementation of the framework.

I hope you continue to think big, to innovate, and to collaborate with colleagues from across campus to help bring our vision and the framework to life.

Sincerely,

Professor Jamie Cassels, QC
President and Vice-Chancellor
University of Victoria

Embedding the Strategic Framework

In the first year of implementation, significant effort and emphasis has been placed on embedding the Strategic Framework across the entire university. All vice-president portfolios have hosted Strategic Framework-themed retreats and events, including the Academic Leadership Retreat, Strategic Framework Forum and Connect U. The priorities and strategies have also been incorporated into existing institutional planning processes, including Integrated Planning, Executive annual reviews, academic resource planning, and Strategic Enrolment Management.

To help kick-start implementation of the Strategic Framework, a series of strategic investments were made to enhance research impact and build partnerships, experiential learning, research-enriched teaching, graduate student support and more.